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The World in Medicine
January 14, 1998

Imagine Better Vision

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JAMA. 1998;279(2):101. doi:10.1001/jama.279.2.101-JWM71007-3-1

Can imagination actually improve the ability to see?

New studies by researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, indicate the answer is yes, but only when the mental images come from short-term memory. "It seems that, under certain circumstances, activating short-term memory can change the hard wiring of the visual cortex, allowing people to see what they couldn't see before," said Alumit Ishai, PhD, who conducted the study. It was published in the December Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.

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