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Psychology of touch and blindness

Author: Morton A Heller; Edouard Gentaz
Publisher: New York, NY : Psychology Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 2014.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book reviews the considerable body of research that has been done to evaluate the touch skills of blind people. With an emphasis on cognitive and neuroscientific approaches, it encompasses a wide-ranging discussion of the theoretical issues in the field of touch perception and blindness. The volume includes chapters on sensory aspects of touch, perception in blind individuals, multimodal relations and their  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Heller, Morton A.
Psychology of touch and blindness.
New York : Psychology Press, 2014
(DLC) 2012276312
(OCoLC)864426488
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Morton A Heller; Edouard Gentaz
ISBN: 9781134521593 1134521596 9781315887555 131588755X 1299980163 9781299980167
OCLC Number: 860626092
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 279 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Introduction: historical and philosophical background --
Cognitive neuroscience of touch --
The haptic perception of objects and their properties --
Illusions --
Intermodal relations --
Developent of haptic perception over the life span --
Blindness: general introduction: pattern perception, imagery, spatial orientation, and mobility --
Picture perception and blind people --
Braille and new technology --
Haptics in learning reading, hadwriting, and mathematics --
Tactile interfaces and applications --
General conclusions: implications of current research for theory and applications.
Responsibility: Morton A. Heller and Edouard Gentaz.

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"This book reviews the considerable body of research that has been done to evaluate the touch skills of blind people. With an emphasis on cognitive and neuroscientific approaches, it encompasses a wide-ranging discussion of the theoretical issues in the field of touch perception and blindness. The volume includes chapters on sensory aspects of touch, perception in blind individuals, multimodal relations and their implications for instruction and development, and new technology, including sensory aids and virtual touch. A distinctive feature of the book is the inclusion of the practical applications of research in this area. A significant characteristic of research on touch and imagery in congenitally blind individuals is that it speaks to the basic nature of spatial imagery and the importance and necessity -- or lack thereof -- of specific visual sensory experience for the acquisition of knowledge about space, spatial layout, and picture perception. As such, the book will not only appeal to researchers and professionals with an interest in touch and blindness, but also to a wider audience of cognitive psychologists and cognitive neuroscientists working in the field of perception."--Provided by publisher.

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