Touch, Representation, and Blindness

Paperback | April 15, 2000

EditorMorton A. Heller

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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 andconcept formation. Others adopt a theoretical perspective, arguing that it 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 physicalproperties of objects. In addition, psychologists differ in the relative importance they place on the modality of sensory stimulation for subsequent perceptual experiences. Some psychologists argue that touch can do many of the things that are accomplished by vision, and claim that the mode ofsensory stimulation is not critically important for perception, arguing that much information can be obtained through non-visual modalities. Others suggest that there are important consequences of a lack of visual experience, arguing for the importance of multiple forms of sensory input forconceptual development. New to the Debates in Psychology series, Touch, Representation, and Blindness brings together the leading investigators in these areas, each presenting the evidence for their side of the debate. An introductory chapter sets the theoretical and historical stage for thedebate, and a concluding chapter draws together the different views and ideas set forth by the contributors, summarizing and resolving the discussion.

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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 andconcept formation. Others adopt a theoretical...

Morton A. Heller is at Winston-Salem State University.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:April 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Morton A. Heller: Introduction: the theoretical context for the dialogClaudia Carello and Michael T. Turvey: Rotational invariants and dynamic touchJohn M. Kennedy: Recognizing outline pictures via touch: alignment theorySusanna Millar: Modality and mind: convergent active processing in interrelated networks as a model of development and perception by touchCesare Cornoldi and Tomaso Vecchi: Mental imagery in blind people: the role of passive and active visuospatial processesMorton A. Heller: Conclusions: the San Marino discussion