Feeling with the mind's eye: The role of visual imagery in tactile perception

K. Sathian, Andro Zangaladze

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Cross-modal interactions are characteristic of normal perception. In this article, we discuss our work on cross-modal interactions between touch and vision in normally sighted humans. A region of extrastriate visual cortex, near the parieto-occipital fissure, is not only active during but also necessary for tactile discrimination of grating orientation (but not spatial frequency). This is consistent with a role for visual imagery in certain aspects of tactile perception. These findings have implications for the interpretation of visual cortical involvement in Braille reading by the blind.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)276-281
Number of pages6
JournalOptometry and Vision Science
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ophthalmology
  • Optometry


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