Summary—On the role of visual experience in mathematical development: Evidence from blind mathematicians

How brain networks like mathematical reasoning can develop in the absence of visual experience.

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Jul 04, 2018
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The journal, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience published a paper recently: On the role of visual experience in mathematical development: Evidence from blind mathematicians.

The research, led by Marie Almaric, studied the mathematical ability of three professional mathematicians who are blind. 

The study revealed the part of the brain involved with mathematical reasoning functions as it does in sighted individuals, in the absence of the visual experience.

The full research paper is open access and freely available via Science Direct here.

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