Touch, Representation, and Blindness

Overview

Psychological studies of touch and blindness have been fraught with controversy. Within this field there remains an important theoretical divide. Many researchers have taken a cognitive approach to the study of touch and blindness, relating these to higher order processes, such as memory and concept formation. Others adopt a different theoretical perspective, arguing that it is not necessary to consider the 'internal representation' of the stimuli when investigating touch - thus people make use of information ...
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Overview

Psychological studies of touch and blindness have been fraught with controversy. Within this field there remains an important theoretical divide. Many researchers have taken a cognitive approach to the study of touch and blindness, relating these to higher order processes, such as memory and concept formation. Others adopt a different theoretical perspective, arguing that it is not necessary to consider the 'internal representation' of the stimuli when investigating touch - thus people make use of information from the physical biomechanical properties of their limbs as they assess the physical properties of objects. In addition, psychologists differ in the relative importance they place on the modality of sensory stimulation for subsequent perceptual experiences." "Touch, Representation, and Blindness brings together the leading investigators in these areas, each presenting the evidence for their side of the debate.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198503873
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • Publication date: 3/28/2000
  • Series: Debates in Psychology Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Preface and acknowledgments
1 Introduction: the theoretical context for the dialog 1
2 Rotational invariants and dynamic touch 27
3 Recognizing outline pictures via touch: alignment theory 67
4 Modality and mind: convergent active processing in interrelated networks as a model of development and perception by touch 99
5 Mental imagery in blind people: the role of passive and active visuospatial processes 143
6 Conclusions: the San Marino discussion 183
Index 215
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