- Title Pages
- Introduction: The myth of 10% and other Tall Tales about the mind and the brain
- Chapter 1 Cognitive factors underlying paranormal beliefs and experiences
- Chapter 2 Critically thinking about paranormal belief
- Chapter 3 The magic in the brain: how conjuring works to deceive our minds
- Chapter 4 The legend of the magical number seven
- Chapter 5 Setting the record (or video camera) straight on memory: the video camera model of memory and other memory myths
- Chapter 6 The myth of the incredible eyewitness
- Chapter 7 We have got the whole child witness thing figured out, or have we?
- Chapter 8 Is bigger really better? The search for brain size and intelligence in the twenty-first century
- Chapter 9 Biology and intelligence—the race/IQ controversy
- Chapter 10 The Mozart effect: it's time to face the music!
- Chapter 11 The powers and perils of intuition
- Chapter 12 Creative thinking: the mystery myth
- Chapter 13 The more, the merrier: facts and beliefs about the bilingual mind
- Chapter 14 The merry vibes of Wintzer: the tale of foreign accent syndrome
- Chapter 15 Talking with the dead, communicating with the future and other myths created by cold reading
- Chapter 16 Graphology—a total write-off
- Chapter 17 The truth about deception
- Chapter 18 The dual-brain myth
- Chapter 19 The neurology of the weird: brain states and anomalous experience
- Chapter 20 The myth of the clonable human brain
- Chapter 21 Out on a limb: neglect and confabulation in the study of aplasic phantoms
- Chapter 22 Imagery and blindness
- Chapter 23 Something wicked this way comes: causes and interpretations of sleep paralysis
- Chapter 24 The power of the full moon. Running on empty?
- Chapter 25 Ouija, dowsing and other seductions of ideomotor action
- Chapter 26 Inducing out-of-body experiences
- Chapter 27 Can mind conquer cancer?
- Chapter 28 The elusive search for a ‘gay gene’
- Chapter 29 To sleep, perchance to REM? The rediscovered role of emotion and meaning in dreams
Imagery and blindness
Imagery and blindness
- (p.369) Chapter 22 Imagery and blindness
- Tall Tales about the Mind and Brain
- Oxford University Press
The notion that blind people cannot have mental images is a myth. In this chapter's view, mental images can be generated from different sources of information which do not necessarily have to include the results of actual visual experiences. These mental images are representations with specific features and cognitive effects which differentiate them from other non-imaginal representations. Congenitally blind people generate mental images which show the same cognitive effects as those created by sighted people. However, the opposite notion, that blind people compensate for their sensory deficits by generating images superior to those of sighted people, is also a myth. In general, blind people's mental images present a series of limitations related to those cases where a prior visual experience could be useful in their production. This does not exclude that, in particular cases, blind people may have visuospatial images superior to those of sighted people.
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