[nfbwatlk] Study to investigate how blind people visualize emotional situations and make moral judgements

Mary ellen gabias at telus.net
Mon Jan 28 04:34:05 UTC 2013

I agree.  In addition to the things you've mentioned, there are those
questions about the mind's eye.  What is that?  Especially, what is that for
a person who has never seen?  Do the students believe those of us who have
never seen have some sort of visual movie going on in our head as we imagine
the situation?  When I chose to leave that question blank, the survey
wouldn't let me continue.  I, too, would love to help the students; it's a
very ambitious project for high school kids doing a science fair.  But I
can't answer a question about my mind's eye until I understand what's meant.
I could clearly imagine the scenario, but my imagination included nothing

-----Original Message-----
From: nfbwatlk [mailto:nfbwatlk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Steve Ice
Sent: Monday, January 21, 2013 9:09 PM
To: nfbwatlk at nfbnet.org
Subject: Re: [nfbwatlk] Study to investigate how blind people visualize
emotional situations and make moral judgements

I always enjoy helping students but consider this endeavor flawed. The sense
of proportionality used in making decisions regarding fairness and justice
would arise well enough from any number of sensory modalities.
Emotional situations differ from just decision making in that they are 'hot'
feeling states and, in my experience, a subjects response is queued more by
voice, intonation and breathing - no 'visualization' required.
I don't want to be negative here, on my first post,  but It just feels wrong
to respond to a study that asks if blind people make moral decision
differently than sighted people.

Stephen Ice
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