Skip To Main Content

Research Lecture Series Signals and Noises in Development and Perception

Please join Dr. Christopher Taylor, PhD, New England College of Optometry, as he presents, “Signals and Noises in Development and Perception.” The lecture will take place on February 6, 2018 as part of the Research Lecture Series in Lecture Hall 2. All are welcome to attend. One hour of Mass CE will be awarded. Please join us for a light reception in Conference Room 1 following the lecture.

Abstract: The visual system is guided by the diet of signals that it encounters in the world. However, the signals from the visual world are embedded within stimulation that obscures or masks the relevant signals required for successfully guiding visual behavior or developmental processes. This talk will present three examples that highlight the role of signal and noise in vision. The three examples are i) visual noise can disrupt emmetropization in the chicken, ii) the signals that drive perceived blur are quantized and complex, and iii) the aging process limits ability to filter task-relevant information in motion perception. Finally, I will discuss how insights from these examples suggest tasks that could enhance vision testing and improve visual health via the early detection of declines in visual performance.