Effect of Early Visual Experience on the Development of Certain Perceptual Abilities in Animals and Man

  • Donald E. Mitchell
Part of the Perception and Perceptual Development book series (PPD, volume 1)


In 1694, the English philosopher John Locke published a letter that he had received from William Molyneux in which the latter posed the following problem:

Suppose a man born blind, and now adult, and taught by his touch to distinguish between a cube and a sphere of the same metal, and nighly of the same bigness, so as to tell, when he felt one and the other, which is the cube, which the sphere. Suppose then the cube and sphere placed on a table, and the blind man be made to see: query, whether by his sight, before he touched them he could now distinguish and tell which is the globe, and which the cube? (cited by Pastore, 1971, p. 66)


Spatial Frequency Contrast Sensitivity Ocular Dominance Oblique Effect Visual Deprivation 
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  • Donald E. Mitchell
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  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentDalhousie UniversityHalifax, Nova ScotiaCanada

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