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Blind VisionThe Neuroscience of Visual Impairment$
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Zaira Cattaneo and Tomaso Vecchi

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262015035

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262015035.001.0001

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Imagery and Working Memory Processes in the Blind

Imagery and Working Memory Processes in the Blind

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(p.74) (p.75) 4 Imagery and Working Memory Processes in the Blind
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Blind Vision
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Cattaneo Zaira

Vecchi Tomaso

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262015035.003.0004

This chapter focuses on studies investigating blind people’s imagery abilities, including those that debate the ability of congenitally blind people to generate mental images through visual percepts. Studies supporting the fact that mental images cannot be generated by congenitally blind people on a visual percept basis are presented along with others contradicting them by stating that shape and texture can help blind people to create a mental image. Limitations, including representational and operational/processing deficits of blind individuals in imagery tasks, are explored. The chapter focuses on the role of working memory in creating mental imagery and the development of working memory in the absence of a visual sense.

Keywords:   imagery abilities, congenitally blind people, visual percept, representational deficit, operational/processing deficit, working memory

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