Touching for Knowing

Touching for Knowing : Cognitive psychology of haptic manual perception

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The dominance of vision is so strong in sighted people that touch is sometimes considered as a minor perceptual modality. However, touch is a powerful tool which contributes significantly to our knowledge of space and objects. Its intensive use by blind persons allows them to reach the same levels of knowledge and cognition as their sighted peers.In this book, specialized researchers present the recent state of knowledge about the cognitive functioning of touch. After an analysis of the neurophysiology and neuropsychology of touch, exploratory manual behaviors, intramodal haptic (tactual-kinesthetic) abilities and cross-modal visual-tactual coordination are examined in infants, children and adults, and in non-human primates. These studies concern both sighted and blind persons in order to know whether early visual deprivation modifies the modes of processing space and objects. The last section is devoted to the technical devices favoring the school and social integration of the young blind: Braille reading, use of raised maps and drawings, "sensory substitution" displays, and new technologies of communication adapted for the blind. (Series B)
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  • Paperback | 322 pages
  • 144.8 x 218.4 x 20.3mm | 476.28g
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1588114244
  • 9781588114242

Table of contents

1. List of Authors; 2. Chapter 1. Introduction: Touch and cognition (by Hatwell, Yvette); 3. Part 1. Some anatomical and neurophysiological bases of tactile manual perception; 4. Chapter 2. General characteristics of the anatomical and functional organization of cutaneous and haptic perceptions (by Gentaz, Edouard); 5. Chapter 3. Anatomical and functional organization of cutaneous and haptic perceptions: The contribution of neuropsychology and cerebral functional imagery (by Gentaz, Edouard); 6. Part 2. Haptic perceptual exploration; 7. Chapter 4. Manual exploration and haptic perception in infants (by Streri, Arlette); 8. Chapter 5. Manual exploratory procedures in children and adults (by Hatwell, Yvette); 9. Chapter 6. Handedness and manual exploration (by Streri, Arlette); 10. Part 3. Haptic perceptions and spatial imaged representations; 11. Chapter 7. The haptic identification of everyday life objects (by Klatzky, Roberta L.); 12. Chapter 8. Haptic processing of spatial and material object properties (by Gentaz, Edouard); 13. Chapter 9. Haptic perceptual illusions (by Heller, Morton A.); 14. Chapter 10. Congenitally blindness and spatial mental imagery (by Cornoldi, Cesare); 15. Part 4. Intermodal coordinations; 16. Chapter 11. Intermodal relations in infancy (by Streri, Arlette); 17. Chapter 12. Intermodal coordinations in children and adults (by Hatwell, Yvette); 18. Chapter 13. Tactile exploration in nonhuman primates (by Lacreuse, Agnes); 19. Part 5. Some practical applications for visually impaired people; 20. Chapter 14. Braille: Issues on structure, teaching and assessment (by Tobin, Michael J.); 21. Chapter 15. The tactile reading of maps and drawings, and the access of blind people to works of art (by Hatwell, Yvette); 22. Chapter 16. Sensory substitution: Limits and perspectives (by Lenay, Charles); 23. Chapter 17. New technologies empowering visually impaired people for accessing documents (by Burger, Dominique); 24. Name index; 25. Subject index
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