Neuroscience

How the brain repurposes unused regions

In adults that are born blind, the "visual" cortex is activated in a similar way during a listening task, according to new research in JNeurosci. The results answer questions about how development can override anatomy to ...

Ophthalmology

O2Amp 'Oxy-Iso' glasses ineffective at curing colour-blindness

The below study is part of a wider project being conducted at the Department of Optics of the University of Granada, Spain, to investigate various aids marketed as being able to "improve" colour vision among colour-blind ...

Medical research

How light triggers brain activity

Optogenetics uses light to control brain processes. It is based on light-controlled proteins such as channelrhodopsin-2, an ion channel that opens when it's exposed to light, thus activating cellular processes. In collaboration ...

Neuroscience

Making sense of how the blind 'see' color

What do you think of when you think of a rainbow? If you're sighted, you're probably imagining colors arcing through the sky just after the rain.

Ophthalmology

Organic printing inks may restore sight to blind people

A simple retinal prosthesis is under development by Tel Aviv University in Israel and Linköping University in Sweden. Fabricated using cheap and widely available organic pigments used in printing inks and cosmetics, it consists ...

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