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On the functionality of the visually deprived occipital cortex in early blind persons

Authors
Journal
Neuroscience Letters
0304-3940
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
124
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0304-3940(91)90107-5
Keywords
  • Occipital Cortex
  • Visual Deprivation
  • Blind Human
  • Tactile

Abstract

Abstract In early blind mammals, the deprived visual cortex undergoes anatomical and functional alterations. Its functional role was investigated in the early human blind by using patterns of cortical activation as measured by scalp-recorded event-related slow negative DC potential shifts. The blind showed higher occipital negativity than did sighted persons both during a tactile reading task and a non-reading tactile control task. Results point to a possible role for the blind's visual cortex in tactile processes.

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