Blind Vision: The Neuroscience of Visual Impairment (MIT - download pdf or read online

By Zaira Cattaneo,Tomaso Vecchi

Can a blind individual see? The very notion turns out paradoxical. And but, if we conceive of "seeing" because the skill to generate inner psychological representations that could comprise visible information, the assumption of blind imaginative and prescient turns into an idea topic to research. during this ebook, Zaira Cattaneo and Tomaso Vecchi research the consequences of blindness and different varieties of visible deficit at the improvement and functioning of the human cognitive approach. Drawing on behavioral and neurophysiological info, Cattaneo and Vecchi examine study on psychological imagery, spatial cognition, and compensatory mechanisms on the sensorial, cognitive, and cortical degrees in people with entire or profound visible impairment. They locate that our mind doesn't want our eyes to "see."Cattaneo and Vecchi tackle serious questions of wide value: the connection of visible notion to imagery and dealing reminiscence and the level to which psychological imagery relies on basic imaginative and prescient; the sensible and neural relationships among imaginative and prescient and the opposite senses; the explicit points of the visible adventure which are the most important to cognitive improvement or particular cognitive mechanisms; and the intense plasticity of the mind -- as illustrated incidentally that, within the blind, the visible cortex could be reorganized to help different perceptual or cognitive funtions. within the absence of imaginative and prescient, the opposite senses paintings as useful substitutes and are frequently more desirable. With Blind Vision, Cattaneo and Vecchi tackle the "tyranny of the visual," pointing to the significance of the opposite senses in cognition.

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