Do things look the way they feel?

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