On the functionality of the visually deprived occipital cortex in early blind persons

  title={On the functionality of the visually deprived occipital cortex in early blind persons},
  author={Frank Uhl and Peter L. Franzen and Gerald Lindinger and Wilfried Lang and L{\"u}der Deecke},
  journal={Neuroscience Letters},
In early blind mammals, the deprived visual cortex undergoes anatomical and functional alterations. Its functional role was investigated in the early human blind by using patterns of cortical activation as measured by scalp-recorded event-related slow negative DC potential shifts. The blind showed higher occipital negativity than did sighted persons both during a tactile reading task and a non-reading tactile control task. Results point to a possible role for the blind's visual cortex in… Expand
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