[blindkid] Notes on Eye Poking

Dr. Denise M Robinson deniserob at gmail.com
Tue May 1 16:19:45 UTC 2012

You are actually right on the money Richard. If you read the book  "The
brain that changes itself" by Norman Doidge, he proves the remapping of the
brain due to activity, even in blind people. He even did research on making
completely sighted people blind for awhile and scanned how the brain
remapped itself when they learned braille, etc. Touch took over the visual
cortex. A GREAT read.

On Tue, May 1, 2012 at 8:59 AM, Richard Holloway <rholloway at gopbc.org>wrote:

> I think one thing it does (at lest for some) is stimulate the optic nerve
> in some way. I'm typically sighted but I have noticed that pressing my
> eyes, even in the dark can produce a bit of a visual sensation. I have
> always assumed that my daughter gets something akin to visual stimulation
> from pressing, but as she has no conscious recollection of having vision,
> she would not be able to relate this as producing a visual experience if
> I'm right. Besides, as I understand it, her brain would probably never have
> mapped input from her optic nerves properly to her vision center, so who
> knows where the information gets sent in the brain. I have also read that
> at least in some cases, blind people's vision centers show up as active
> with brain scans (even with no light perception), so that area can
> apparently be remapped. In that case, who knows what would happen if optic
> nerve information got sent to an already reassigned vision center... I
> would guess the answer might vary from person to person.
> On May 1, 2012, at 11:28 AM, Brian Hatgelakas wrote:
> > Why does it happen?  What censessations do the blind inphants get?
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