Analysis 73 (1):86-96 (2013)

John Schwenkler
Florida State University
Do spatial features appear the same whether they are perceived through vision or touch? This question is at stake in the puzzle that William Molyneux posed to John Locke, concerning whether a man born blind whose sight was restored would be able immediately to identify the shapes of the things he saw. A recent study purports to answer the question negatively, but I argue here that the subjects of the study likely could not see well enough for the result to have been meaningful. I then propose a way to improve the study, by including cues from object motion.
Keywords vision  touch  intermodal perception  spatial perception  Molyneux's question
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DOI 10.1093/analys/ans137
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