Visual cortex becomes repurposed

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A note for Lesson no. 2, "Your Brain Is a Network," in Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain by Lisa Feldman Barrett.
Some context from page 38 is:

...neurons in the visual cortex become repurposed for other senses.

For example, see Bedney et al. (2011).[1] This is related to a phenomenon called sensory substitution.


  1. Bedny, Marina, Alvaro Pascual-Leone, David Dodell-Feder, Evelina Fedorenko, and Rebecca Saxe. 2011. “Language Processing In the Occipital Cortex of Congenitally Blind Adults.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 108 (11): 4429–4434.