The loss of color vision secondary to central nervous system disease (achromatopsia) is thought to preclude visual imagery of colors. We report a patient with achromatopsia, secondary to bilateral temporo-occipital infarcts inclusive of the lingual and fusiform gyri, with preserved color imagery. Our findings, in conjunction with previous cases in the literature, are consistent with a single neural network for color processing in which a disconnection of internal activation from stored color representations produces impaired color imagery with preserved color perception, whereas a disconnection of visual input to these representations produces achromatopsia with preserved color imagery.
- Color imagery
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
- Cognitive Neuroscience
- Behavioral Neuroscience