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Blindsight: A Case Study and Implications

L. Weiskrantz

Abstract

Damage to a particular area of the brain — the neocortex — is generally understood to result in blindness. Studies of some patients who have suffered from this form of blindness have nevertheless revealed that they can, in fact, discriminate certain types of visual events within their ‘blind’ fields without being aware that they can do so: they think they are only ‘guessing’. This phenomenon has been termed ‘blindsight’ by the author of this book and his collaborators who were among the first to describe it. It continues to attract considerable interest among neuroscientists, psychologists, an ... More

Keywords: visual detection, visual acuity, movement discrimination, form discrimination, stray light, neocortex, response criteria, colour, natural blind spot, neural pathways, commentary system

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1990 Print ISBN-13: 9780198521921
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198521921.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

L. Weiskrantz, author
University of Oxford