A nonvisual look at the functional organization of visual cortex

Neuron. 2009 Aug 13;63(3):284-6. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2009.07.022.


In this issue of Neuron, Mahon et al. show that the ventral visual cortex of congenitally blind individuals, who have never experienced the visual world, has an object-category organization similar to that found in sighted individuals. Here, we discuss the implications of this finding for our understanding of the "visual" cortex.

Publication types

  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Blindness / pathology*
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods
  • Neuronal Plasticity / physiology*
  • Visual Cortex / physiology*
  • Visual Cortex / physiopathology
  • Visual Pathways / physiology*
  • Visual Pathways / physiopathology
  • Visual Perception / physiology*