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    Boy Missing Visual Section of His Brain Can Somehow Still See (ARTICLE LINK)



    Image: Left: Typical brain, Right: B.I.'s brain
    Inaki-Carril Mundinano et al


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    A seven-year-old Australian boy who is missing most of his visual cortex has surprised doctors by being able to see well enough to recognise faces and play soccer - the first known case of its kind.

    In spite of suffering a significant brain injury when he was a newborn, the biggest problem the boy, referred to only as "B.I.", has with his vision is he's a little near-sighted, showing once again just how amazingly flexible our grey matter is.

    Speaking at a neuroscience conference in Sydney this week, researchers from the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute at Monash University presented B.I.'s case study - when he was just two weeks of age, he suffered a bilateral occipital-lobe injury.

    In other words, major damage to his visual cortex.
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    Default Re: Boy Missing Visual Section of His Brain Can Somehow Still See

    Amazing! We are still at Athens beginning of our understanding of the brain's ability to remap.
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    Default Re: Boy Missing Visual Section of His Brain Can Somehow Still See

    My latest reading tells me that the brain is still wiring itself for interpreting the signals from the eyes until 6 months from birth, so the timing of the injury may have given the kid a "get out of jail" card.
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    Default Re: Boy Missing Visual Section of His Brain Can Somehow Still See

    Quote Originally Posted by Peerie Maa View Post
    My latest reading tells me that the brain is still wiring itself for interpreting the signals from the eyes until 6 months from birth, so the timing of the injury may have given the kid a "get out of jail" card.
    Agreed. I'm not an expert, but readings in vision are one of my special interests.
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