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2010-06-29 18:04:33

The Earthquake Machine at Questacon, the National Science and Technology Centre, has been used in groundbreaking research by vision scientists to confirm that instead of working in isolation, our visual and middle-ear systems work together, to give us an improved sense of balance. Led by Dr Mark Edwards and Dr Michael Ibbotson, chief investigators in The Vision Centre and researchers at the Australian National University, this research has opened up various opportunities to future research,...

2010-06-16 23:28:31

In a computerized game of 'spot the difference,' people are more likely to notice additions, removals than color changes Scientists have just come several steps closer to understanding change blindness "” the well studied failure of humans to detect seemingly obvious changes to scenes around them "” with new research that used a computer-based model to predict what types of changes people are more likely to notice. These findings on change blindness were presented in a Journal of...

2010-06-11 11:00:00

NEW YORK, June 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The Champalimaud Foundation, one of the world's largest international scientific institutions, announced today that Dr. J. Anthony Movshon, Director of New York University's Center for Neural Studies, and Dr. William T. Newsome, Investigator at The Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Professor of Neurobiology at Stanford University, are the recipients of its 2010 Vision Award. The prestigious Champalimaud Vision Award, often called the "Nobel Prize for...

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2010-03-04 16:30:00

Why our peripheral vision may not be as random as we think As you read this, you may notice that the word directly in front of you is clear, but all the surrounding words are hard to make out. For most people, this effect "“ known as 'crowding' "“ is not a problem. However, for the millions of people worldwide who have lost their central vision through eye disease such as macular degeneration, it can make everyday tasks such as reading or recognising friends a challenge. Despite...

2010-03-01 08:00:00

Prevent Blindness America Launches National Children's Eye Health Campaign to Help Save Sight CHICAGO, March 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Because one out of three children in the United States does not receive critical eye care services before the age of six, many children are at risk of suffering vision loss. Prevent Blindness America, the nation's leading volunteer eye health and safety organization, is launching its "Star Pupils" campaign, the organization's children's platform,...

2010-01-31 17:20:00

International scientists today reported encouraging results in human trials of the use of the herb saffron for treating one of the commonest causes of loss of sight in old age. Professor Silvia Bisti and Prof. Benedetto Falsini with colleagues from The Vision Centre, the University of L'Aquila and Catholic University of Rome, Italy, told an international vision conference in Sydney that a clinical trial had confirmed earlier hopes that saffron could improve the function of the retina in...

2010-01-31 17:17:04

The key to treating eye diseases like diabetic retinopathy lies in understanding the distribution of oxygen in our retina, Professor Dao-Yi Yu from The Vision Centre and University of WA will tell an international scientific conference on vision in Sydney. The Australian Neuroscience Society Satellite Meeting 2010: "From Photoreceptors to Behaviour" is being held at the Save Sight Institute, 8 Macquarie St, Sydney on January 29 and 30, 2010. Oxygen is vital to the health of the visual cells...

2010-01-22 13:55:31

The cutting edge science of how vision works and how we may be able to prevent, repair or restore lost sight in future will be explored at an international scientific meeting in Sydney next week. The Australian Neuroscience Society Satellite Meeting 2010: "From Photoreceptors to Behaviour" is being held at the Save Sight Institute, 8 Macquarie St, Sydney on January 29 and 30, 2010. Among the highlights of the meeting:"¢ Professor Zhou-Hua Pan of Wayne State University, USA, will describe...

2010-01-15 10:58:00

College of Optometrists in Vision Development offers advice for those having trouble with seeing in 3-D AURORA, Ohio, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With Avatar now heading into its fifth week as a box office hit, many people are headed to movie theaters to see what the excitement over 3-D is all about. Unfortunately, many of them may be disappointed because they didn't know they can't see 3-D. While the concept of being "3-D ready" means that the new 3-D TVs, showcased at the...

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2009-12-28 09:25:00

Like a spotlight that illuminates an otherwise dark scene, attention brings to mind specific details of our environment while shutting others out. A new study by researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies shows that the superior colliculus, a brain structure that primarily had been known for its role in the control of eye and head movements, is crucial for moving the mind's spotlight. Their findings, published in the Dec. 20, 2009, issue of the journal Nature Neuroscience, add...


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