What neuroimaging tells us about sensory substitution

@article{Poirier2007WhatNT,
  title={What neuroimaging tells us about sensory substitution},
  author={Colline Poirier and Anne G. De Volder and Christian Scheiber},
  journal={Neuroscience \& Biobehavioral Reviews},
  year={2007},
  volume={31},
  pages={1064-1070}
}

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