Retinal Activity Prepares Blind Newborn Mice for Vision
Retinal Activity Prepares Blind Newborn Mice for Vision
Spontaneous waves of nerve impulses flowing across the retina help mouse pups practice motion detection for when they eventually open their eyes.
Retinal Activity Prepares Blind Newborn Mice for Vision
Retinal Activity Prepares Blind Newborn Mice for Vision

Spontaneous waves of nerve impulses flowing across the retina help mouse pups practice motion detection for when they eventually open their eyes.

Spontaneous waves of nerve impulses flowing across the retina help mouse pups practice motion detection for when they eventually open their eyes.

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Image of the Day: Mosquito Flight Simulator
Image of the Day: Mosquito Flight Simulator
Nicoletta Lanese | Jul 30, 2019
Carbon dioxide pumped into a bright chamber mimics a breathing host for the pest to target.
Machine Learning Optimizes Images for Stimulating Monkey Neurons
Machine Learning Optimizes Images for Stimulating Monkey Neurons
Ruth Williams | May 2, 2019
Neural networks generate abstract images designed to activate particular cells, lending insight into their function.
Starfish in the Deep Sea Can See
Starfish in the Deep Sea Can See
Abby Olena | Feb 6, 2018
A study of 13 starfish species reveals that even animals that live at depths where sunlight doesn’t reach have functioning eyes.
Symmetrical Eyes Indicate Dyslexia
Symmetrical Eyes Indicate Dyslexia
Ruth Williams | Oct 18, 2017
People who read normally tend to have one dominant eye while people with dyslexia do not, research shows.
Image of the Day: Fly Sight
Image of the Day: Fly Sight
The Scientist Staff | Sep 3, 2017
In the developing Drosophila visual system, signals from glia cultivate the growth of neurons from immature cells.
USC Professor Fatally Stabbed
USC Professor Fatally Stabbed
Jef Akst | Dec 4, 2016
Psychologist Bosco Tjan of the University of Southern California studied how people adapt as they lose their vision.
 
Allen Institute Launches Brain Observatory
Allen Institute Launches Brain Observatory
Tanya Lewis | Jul 13, 2016
The first data include real-time neural activity in the visual cortex of mice observing pictures and videos.
Through a Spider’s Eyes
Through a Spider’s Eyes
Brittany Taylor | Apr 1, 2015
Deciphering how a jumping spider sees the world and processes visual information may yield insights into long-standing robotics problems.
A Spider's Eye View
A Spider's Eye View
Brittany Taylor | Mar 31, 2015
Cornell researchers probe the brains of jumping spiders to gain insight into the arachnid's visual processing capabilities.
Sound and Light Show
Sound and Light Show
Tracy Vence | Oct 1, 2014
Sounds trigger a response in the visual cortex that predicts how accurately a person can identify a visual target.
Eye Spies
Eye Spies
Mary Beth Aberlin | Oct 1, 2014
An issue highlighting advances in vision research
Doggie Dialogue
Doggie Dialogue
Jef Akst | Nov 1, 2013
Georgia Tech researchers develop technology that could allow assistance dogs to better communicate with their handlers.
Nobel Laureate Dies
Nobel Laureate Dies
Abby Olena | Sep 26, 2013
David Hubel, who helped revolutionize the understanding of visual information processing, has passed away at age 87.
Object Recognition Requires Stability
Object Recognition Requires Stability
Chris Palmer | Jul 3, 2013
Neuroscientists’ discover a difference in the way the visual system processes simple and complex objects.
Athletes Are Champion Visual Learners
Athletes Are Champion Visual Learners
Ed Yong | Jan 31, 2013
Pro athletes can learn to parse a complicated moving visual scene faster than most.
Size Does Matter
Hayley Dunning | Jun 22, 2012
Researchers have discovered how the brain broadly characterizes objects by size, revealing a fundamental insight into how we interact with the world.
The Complex Tissue Shop
Cristina Luiggi | Dec 7, 2011
Over the past decade, researchers at RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology in Japan have generated complex tissues, including mouse retinas and Purkinje cells (a type of neuron) that integrated appropriately into the mouse fetal brain.
Latitude Affects Human Eye Size
Jef Akst | Jul 27, 2011
People living near the Earth’s poles, where days are often short and light often low, have larger eyes and visual cortices than those closer to the equator.
Foresight
Karen Hopkin | Jul 1, 2011
Studying the earliest events in visual development, Carla Shatz has learned the importance of looking at one’s data with open eyes—and an open mind.