Congenitally blind people have more accurate memories than those with sight, research has found.

Experts at the University of Bath discovered that individuals with no visual experience had the most 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.

Research has previously shown people can falsely remember words related to those said.

For example, hearing "chimney", "cigar" and "fire" could trigger a false recollection of the word "smoke".

The University of Bath team, in collaboration with a research assistant from Queen Mary University of London, found congenitally blind people remember more words and are less likely to create false memories.

Sighted and late blind participants remembered fewer words that were said, and more that were not.

Dr Achille Pasqualotto, postdoctoral researcher and first author of the study, said: "We found that congenitally blind participants reported significantly more correct words than both late onset blind and sighted people.

"Most of the congenitally blind participants avoided unrelated words, therefore congenitally blind participants can store more items and with a higher fidelity."

Congenital blindness improves semantic and episodic memory is published today in the journal Behavioural Brain Research.