With every eye movement, the world sweeps across our retina and appears in a new position. Healthy humans, however, usually remain blissfully unaware of this, and perceive the world as stable. The long term goal of this project is to answer the fundamental unsolved question: how does the brain transform the ever-changing retinal input into a stable percept of the world? To further the mission of the National Eye Institute to research the mechanisms of visual function, the project will investigate this fundamental question using behavioral, electrophysiological, and computational methods.
The first aim of the project is to determine the robustness and stability of eye position signals in primary visual cortex.
The second aim i s to determine whether these signals are causally related to the perception of position.
The third aim i s to understand how the rapid movements created by our eyes are hidden from awareness, and to determine where in visual cortex this mechanism is implemented.
The fourth aim i s to understand what happens to visual information processing at the time of a rapid eye movement;does processing start anew with every eye movement, or is there transfer and integration of the information on the details of the visual scene?

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This project investigates mechanisms of visual perception that are essential to survival as they underlie the successful integration of sensory and motor signals that is critical to our interaction with our environment. Understanding these mechanisms will contribute to improving the health of patients suffering from diseases, such as schizophrenia, in which these mechanisms are impaired. Moreover, this research addresses lacunae in our understanding of the neural representations in early visual areas, which is critical for the future development of effective sight prostheses.

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