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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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Blind Vision

Cattaneo Zaira

Vecchi Tomaso

The MIT Press

This book discusses how perceptual and cognitive abilities are affected by blindness and other forms of visual impairment, as well as the role of individual differences and experimental factors in determining the performance of a blind person in performing a task. It is shown by the studies examining the psychological characteristics of blind individuals that the nature and amount of sensory experience help in the formation of human cognitive development. It is also suggested by the studies discussed in the book that the richness of the world of blind individuals is no less than that of sighted individuals, as an array of visually missing information is continually translated by them into other sensory and cognitive codes they are able to interpret.

Keywords:   blindness, cognitive abilities, visual impairment, human cognitive development, sensory codes, cognitive codes

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