Cognitive arrangements: scope and representational limitations

This study evaluates the quantitative (sensorial field's dimensions) and qualitative (configuration's patterns, qualias and spatial/time) characteristics of missing and remaining sensorial modalities and how they affect the cognitive arrangement and the representational fluency of sensorial impaired individuals (blindness and deafness). It is suggested that precocious and massive use of the predominantly configurational nature of the visual sensorial modality, the main modality remaining on born deaf subjects, inhibit their representational production, while the intensive and precocious use of the predominantly insinuating nature of the auditive sensorial modality, the main modality on born blind subjects, encourages representational production on them.

cognitive arrangements; sensorial privation; remaining sensorial modality; missing sensorial modality; mental representation

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