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Dermo-optical perception: the non-synesthetic "palpability of colors". A comment on Larner (2006)

By P. Brugger and P. H. Weiss

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We comment on Larner's (2006) recent description of the seventeenth-century case of a blind man who could differentiate the color of objects by touch. This ability is generally known as "dermo-optical perception" and is due to the cutaneous temperature sense rather than to synesthetic processing. Although devoid of references to the phenomenon of dermo-optical perception, Larner's communication is highly valuable because it raises several issues relevant to present-day neurosciences. These comprise functional reorganization after sensory loss, handedness effects, and differences between single fingers in the sensitivity to thermal changes

Topics: info:eu-repo/classification/ddc/610, Body Temperature, Color, History, 17th Century, Humans, Medicine in Literature, Neuronal Plasticity, Perceptual Disorders: history, Perceptual Disorders: physiopathology, Sensation, Visual Perception, J, cutaneous thermal sense, synesthesia, parapsychology, neuroplasticity, functional reorganization
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Year: 2008
DOI identifier: 10.1080/09647040601013325
OAI identifier: oai:juser.fz-juelich.de:62447
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