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. All sensory neuroscience is interesting, but for humans, vision is special. We are highly visual animals, and examples of vision's importance can be found everywhere:
- The way we communicate (you're probably reading this webpage on a monitor)
- Our locomotor behaviour (try to drive a car or run cross-country while blindfolded - I'll pass!)
- Our feeding behaviour, especially predator/prey interactions (nowadays picking only the ripe berries on a bush, or hunting for a beer in the fridge)