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TomBroussard, August 26,  2020  10:15am EST

Telescoping, phantom-limb, phantom-word and the process of cortical reorganization

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!

https://youtu.be/o-y-rMr57uY

Thanks again and take care!

Tom

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