Blindness and Brain Plasticity in Navigation and Object Perception

Blindness and Brain Plasticity in Navigation and Object Perception

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Research into the development of sensory structures in the brains of blind or visually-impaired individuals has opened a window into important ways in which the mind works. In these individuals, the part of the brain that is usually devoted to processing visual information is given over to increased processing of the touch and hearing sense. This demonstration of brain plasticity is of great importance to cognitive neuroscientists and cognitive psychologists, and has real implications for rehabilitation and education specialists who work with the visually impaired. This is an interdisciplinary book, featuring chapters from cognitive and developmental psychologists, neurologists and neuroscientists, and rehabilitation specialists and educators. All of these groups do research in this area but generally do not collaborate with one another. This book is an attempt to bring together the disparate threads of research into a single volume, appropriate for all three markets.John J. Rieser, Daniel H. Ashmead, Ford Ebner, Anne L. Corn. Our focus in the rest of chapter is on 2-D and 3-D spatial representations produced by vision, hearing, and touch. Thus ... to the skin surface, whereas the kinesthetic sense provides information about the relative orientations of the articulated parts of the body and changes in their orientations. ... of the twoa€”for example, the mechanoreceptors signaling skin stretch contribute to the sensing of hand posture (Johnson, 2002).


Title:Blindness and Brain Plasticity in Navigation and Object Perception
Author: John J. Rieser, Daniel H. Ashmead, Ford Ebner, Anne L. Corn
Publisher:Psychology Press - 2012-09-10
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