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Blind person's memory is 'better than sighted'

Congenitally blind people have more accurate memories than those with sight.

Experts at the University of Bath discovered that individuals with no visual experience had superior verbal and memory skills.

A team from the university's Department of Psychology ran memory tests on groups of congenitally blind people, those with late-onset blindness and sighted people.

Each participant listened to a series of word lists and was then asked to recall what they had heard. Previous research showed people can falsely 'remember' words related to those said.

Researchers found congenitally blind people remember more words and were less likely to create false memories. "Congenitally blind participants can store more items, with a higher fidelity," said study author Achille Pasqualotto.

Irish Independent