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Telescoping, phantom-limb, phantom-word and the process of cortical reorganization, 8/25/2020.
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
A “phantom-limb” is the experience of a person who has lost a limb but still has the feeling of a limb that provides the same spatial location where the intact limb used to be. The sensation of the phantom-limb that retracts and (eventually) disappears into the stump is called telescoping and is the perceptual correlate of cortical reorganization.
People with a stump have discussed the phenomena of their phantom-limbs and have explained the sensation of the appearance of their phantom-limbs’ as it “telescopes” and recedes.
I have a story about my own experience with word-finding that is similar in its own way to telescoping. In its own way, I was able to “see” the words that were more like a phantom-limb; there but not there.
Please see the completed article attached and associated short video below. Thanks for watching…enjoy!
Thanks again and take care!