visual neuroscience

These brain scans shows the foot area highlighted

Hit it where it hurts: Scientists reveal how mirrors cure phantom pain

Visual responsiveness in the somatosensory cortex diminishes significantly following mirror therapy for phantom limb pain. Before therapy, researchers discovered a strong, unexpected activation in the sensorimotor foot region of amputees to visually presented images of the foot. This response was no longer present following mirror therapy.... Read More...
This shows a frog against leaves

Why are we able to see moving objects against moving backgrounds?

The human brain can desensitize background motion and focus on smaller moving objects in the foreground as a result of activity in the middle temporal visual area. However, our ability to pick out smaller objects changes over time. Younger people are better at picking out foreground objects moving, while those over 65 have heightened awareness of objects moving in the background.... Read More...