In deaf humans, it was found that auditory areas
preserved the task-specific activation pattern independent of input modality (visual or auditory), suggesting the task-specific reorganization during the cortical plasticity .
Studies using MRI brain scans have shown that when we listen to music with our eyes closed, the auditory areas
of the brain are more active than when we have our eyes open.
"Meaning-related [semantic] areas of the brain are activated in both, but reading aloud or listening to reading also engages auditory areas
and speech production areas." Science has yet to discover whether this difference has cognitive perks.
"Audiomotor entrainment may be mediated through the transmission of coarsely processed beat information from subcortical auditory areas
to the cerebellum" (Brown, Martinez, & Parsons, 2005, p.
[27.] Zeng S, Lin Y, Yang L, Zhang X, Zuo M Comparative analysis of neurogenesis between the core and shell regions of auditory areas
in the chick (Gallus gallus domesticus).
Amedi's research, said Hebrew University, shows that the long-held conception of the cortex being divided into separate vision-processing areas, auditory areas
, etc., is incorrect; new findings show that many brain areas are characterized by their computational task, and can be activated using senses other than the one commonly used for this task, even for people who were never exposed to "original" sensory information at all -- like people who were born blind.