Neuroscience

How brains form visual maps

Maps have played an important role in scientific progress. Claudius Ptolemaeus transformed our understanding of the world with his map of Earth, and Tycho Brahe enhanced understanding of the universe with his map of the stars. ...

Neuroscience

An imaging device for seeing the biochemistry of vision

The biochemistry of vision is a complex process. The molecules supporting the visual pigments that allow us to see our surrounding reality have remained essentially invisible for scientists for a long time. The team led by ...

Neuroscience

How brains create maps

In her debut book, "Brainscapes: The Warped, Wondrous Maps Written in Your Brain—and How They Guide You," Rebecca Schwarzlose, a postdoctoral research scholar in the Department of Psychiatry at the School of Medicine, describes ...

Neuroscience

Using visual information to learn voluntary behavior while blind

The visual cortex makes up one of the largest regions of the brain, which is a testament to how much information we receive from our eyes. The primary visual cortex, or V1, is the first stage of processing visual input in ...

Neuroscience

Neurons in visual cortex of the brain 'drift' over time

New research from Washington University in St. Louis reveals that neurons in the visual cortex—the part of the brain that processes visual stimuli—change their responses to the same stimulus over time.

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