Vol. 5 nº 2 - Apr/May/Jun de 2011
Original Article Páginas: 123 a 128

Deaf individuals who work with computers present a high level of visual attention

Authors Paula Vieira Ribeiro1; Valdenilson Ribeiro Ribas2; Renata de Melo Guerra Ribas3; Teresinha de Jesus Oliveira Guimarães de Melo4; Carlos Antonio de Sá Marinho5; Kátia Karina do Monte Silva6; Elizabete Elias de Albuquerque7; Valéria Ribeiro Ribas8; Renata Mirelly Silva de Lima9; Tuthcha Sandrelle Botelho Tavares Santos10


keywords: deaf, attention, computers.

Some studies in the literature indicate that deaf individuals seem to develop a higher level of attention and concentration during the process of constructing of different ways of communicating. Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate the level of attention in individuals deaf from birth that worked with computers. Methods: A total of 161 individuals in the 18-25 age group were assessed. Of these, 40 were congenitally deaf individuals that worked with computers, 42 were deaf individuals that did not work, did not know how to use nor used computers (Control 1), 39 individuals with normal hearing that did not work, did not know how to use computers nor used them (Control 2), and 40 individuals with normal hearing that worked with computers (Control 3). Results: The group of subjects deaf from birth that worked with computers (IDWC) presented a higher level of focused attention, sustained attention, mental manipulation capacity and resistance to interference compared to the control groups. Conclusion: This study highlights the relevance sensory to cognitive processing.


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