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By Zaira Cattaneo,Tomaso Vecchi

Can a blind individual see? The very thought turns out paradoxical. And but, if we conceive of "seeing" because the skill to generate inner psychological representations which can comprise visible info, the assumption of blind imaginative and prescient turns into an idea topic to research. during this booklet, Zaira Cattaneo and Tomaso Vecchi study the consequences of blindness and different different types of visible deficit at the improvement and functioning of the human cognitive method. Drawing on behavioral and neurophysiological info, Cattaneo and Vecchi study 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 desire our eyes to "see."Cattaneo and Vecchi handle serious questions of large significance: the connection of visible conception to imagery and dealing reminiscence and the level to which psychological imagery will depend on common imaginative and prescient; the practical and neural relationships among imaginative and prescient and the opposite senses; the categorical features of the visible event which are an 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 can be reorganized to aid different perceptual or cognitive funtions. within the absence of imaginative and prescient, the opposite senses paintings as practical substitutes and are frequently stronger. 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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