Visual hallucinations in a blind epileptic

Christopher M. Filley, David A. Stumpf*, Greta Wilkening

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A 17-year-old boy, blind since the age of 14 weeks, describes visual hallucinations in association with complex partial seizures. He reports unformed images which have various colors, although blindness precluded his acquisition of color-naming ability. These images may result from acquired or innate neural color representations. In either case, neural coding for color is present from an early age.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)167-170
Number of pages4
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1983


  • Blindness
  • Epilepsy
  • Visual hallucination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Clinical Neurology


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