Much of our knowledge of the world comes to us through vision. During early infancy, visual experience not only provides us with information about the environment, as it does in adulthood, but it also sculpts the very structure of the visual brain. It is this interaction between visual experience and the structure and function of the brain that is the focus of research activity in my laboratory.
We utilize a combination of direct, but non-invasive measures of the brain’s electrical activity along with psychophysics to study how the brain processes visual images. We seek not only to understand how vision develops in infants, but to utilize information gained from studying the intricacies of visual development to better understand visual functioning in the adult and abnormal visual processing in individuals with developmental disorders. As part of our research, we develop new instrumentation for recording and analyzing brain activity. These methods are also used to develop improved measures of display quality for image systems engineers.