What we do
We study visual neuroscience - that is, how the brain encodes light information to allow us to see.
The senses are our brains' gateway to the world. Sensory neuroscience studies how information is gathered from the environment, transduced into neural impulses, and then processed and transformed into a perceptual experience. Humans are highly visual animals, and examples of vision's importance in our daily lives can be found everywhere:
- The way we communicate (e.g. you're probably reading this webpage on a monitor/screen)
- Locomotor behaviour (e.g. trying to drive a car or run cross-country while blindfolded is not advised)
- Feeding behaviour, especially predator/prey interactions (e.g. picking only the ripe red berries on a bush, or hunting for a beer in the fridge)