Invited Symposium
July 26, 2016 13:40 - 15:40
≪Organizer Abstract≫
Sensory substitution devices convert stimuli that are normally accessed through one sensory modality (e.g., vision) into stimuli accessible through another sensory modality (e.g., touch or audition). Studies conducted with these devices revealed an important structural and functional plasticity of the central nervous system. From a structural point of view, it has been shown that practice with visual-to-tactile and visual-to-auditory devices results in increased activation in the blind's visual cortex. From a functional point of view, users can build a perceptual space that possesses visual characteristics. Lectures of this symposium will rely on speakers from different recognized international research groups providing their novel findings involving brain imaging data, behavioral results, the development of novel coding and interfaces, and the theoretical frameworks underlying this field of research.
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