Information about the
visual world enters the nervous system at the retina. What occurs
after that? How do nerve cells form and maintain representations
of the outside world? The mammalian visual system is the product
of hundreds of millions of years of evolutionary sculpting. Could
we reverse-engineer it?
College I was exposed to Descartes-style skepticism and other favors of
epistemology which excited me very much at the time. Students at
Hampshire are expected to be architects of their own curriculum.
to focus on the mechanisms generating the rich perceptual awareness we
enjoy. I concentrated on vision. As a senior, I designed
and conducted a thesis
project investigating how our brain processes human faces.
Currently, I am a second-year
doctoral student at the Center
for Neuroscience, University of California, Davis, and am happy to
be a member in the
Lab. Currently, I am conducting in vivo recordings of cells
in the primary visual cortex.
Ok, so what?
The human visual system
is interesting enough to study just for curiosity's sake. But, as
in other disciplines, indirect and unforeseen benefits sometimes arise
from studying something just because its interesting. Vision scientists
have made contributions to both medical and technological advancements
and will continue to do so. Some of the leading research on spinal cord
regeneration, for instance, comes from studies of retinal ganglion cell
|Figure 1. Bartett's Developmental Landscape (Detail). Something about the elegance of the visual system was very appealing and Bartlett was quickly lodged into his current developmental trajectory.|
Bartlett's unfamiliar quotations