Is There A Limit to Brain Plasticity

Dov Michaeli

First published 3/3/11 on The Doctor Weighs In

Stevie Wonder attended this year’s NBA all-star game. He was accompanied by someone who described the action to him. You start wondering: Stevie was blind since birth, so obviously he has never seen a basketball court, or a basketball, or a basketball player. Did he visualize what was going on? If so, did it have any resemblance to the real game, or was it a totally idiosyncratic, sui generis game? What was his visual cortex “doing” when he “watched” the game? Tantalizing questions, leading to tantalizing experiments.

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