Projects

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    Tracking a target in depth with central field loss

    Bilateral field loss due to maculopathy creates a scotoma that extends in depth — a volume scotoma. Morevoer the size of the scotoma depends on whether observers turn their eyes to track a target as it comes closer. This project investigates how the volume scotoma affects the ability to track oncoming targets in these individuals, and in controls with a simulated volume scotoma.

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    Reverberant Auditory Scene Analysis

    The world is rich in sounds and their echoes from reflecting surfaces, making acoustic reverberation a ubiquitous part of everyday life.

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    Patterns of Visual Deficits in Amblyopia

    Background Amblyopia means blunted sight in the Greek language and is a term clinicians use to describe decre

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    CVI@SKI Meeting

    We are a Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute sponsored, Blind Babies Foundation supported research advocacy group consisting of SKI researchers, select clinicians, teachers of the visually impaired, and parents of children with cerebral visual impairment.

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    Higher Visual Function (HVF) in Individuals with Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI)

    The purpose of this research study is to learn about how amblyopia, strabismus, and cerebral visual impairment affect the visual system and develop new techniques for assessing visual function in these populations.

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    Brain activation & suppression during blindfolded memory-guided drawing; the primary visual cortex (V1) is isolated by profound extrastriate suppression.

    Harnessing the Power of Drawing for the Enhancement of Learning across Levels of Vision Function

    Recent scientific findings about art and drawing suggest that drawing can facilitate learning in a wide variety of domains. The proposed collaboration will develop an interdisciplinary research program aimed at harnessing the power of drawing to enhance learning across fields of intellectual endeavor.

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    Venn diagram of the multidisciplinary approach to this clinical trial on blind navigation.

    Advanced Spatiomotor Rehabilitation for Navigation in Blindness & Visual Impairment

    Successful navigation requires the development of an accurate and flexible mental, or cognitive, map of the navigational space and of the route trajectory required to travel from the current to the target location. The Cognitive-Kinesthetic (C-K) Rehabilitation Training that we have developed in the preceding period utilizes a unique form of blind memory-guided drawing to develop cognitive mapping to a high level of proficiency.

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    t-Scratch: Tangible Programming Environment

    tScratch: Tangible Programming Environment Targeted for Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired

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    Investigating Reading in Individuals with Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI)

    In this project, we aim to understand (i) how CVI affects reading, (ii) how current rehabilitation techniques or assistive technologies help improve reading in CVI and (iii) what more can be done to assist those individuals with CVI

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    Postdoctoral Training in Vision Research

    The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute (SKERI) is an NEI Institutional Training Grant Awardee. The grant was awarded to provide postdoctoral training in basic and clinical science relevant to translational vision research and rehabilitation.

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    Line drawing of a person facing a rig supporting two circular echo reflectors

    Human Echolocation

    What is echolocation? Sometimes, the surrounding world is too dark and silent for typical vision and hearing. This is true in deep caves, for example, or in murky water where little light penetrates.

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