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


Brugger, P; Weiss, P H (2008). Dermo-optical perception: the non-synesthetic "palpability of colors" a comment on Larner (2006). Journal of the History of the Neurosciences, 17(2):253-255.

Abstract

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.

Abstract

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.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Center for Integrative Human Physiology
04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Neurology
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:April 2008
Deposited On:22 Dec 2008 16:02
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:45
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:0964-704X
Additional Information:Comment on: J Hist Neurosci. 2006 Sep;15(3):245-9. This is an electronic version of an article published in "Journal of the History of the Neurosciences", Volume 17, Issue 2 April 2008 , pages 253 - 255. "Journal of the History of the Neurosciences" is available online at http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~content=a792274229~db=all~order=page
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/09647040601013325
Related URLs:http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~content=a792274229~db=all~order=page (Publisher)
PubMed ID:18421640

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