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Visual Signals and Human Brain Functioning

October 25, 2013

Miriam Spering

On November 14, 2013, Dr. Miriam Spering will talk about visual signals and human brain functioning. She will discuss both normal processing, as well as detail what may happen in the brains of people with schizophrenia with respect to visual signals. Her research was recently published in the Journal of Neuroscience, and has been featured in multiple recent online sites, including Science Daily, Canadians for Health Research, The Province, and NBC News. People are excited about her research as she explains that the reason why people with schizophrenia may have trouble doing simple daily tasks, may be a visual problem. And, she suggest, this may be visual problem that responds to therapy, particularly a form of video gaming.

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Miriam Spering_VCHRI

Title: Seeing and moving: using visual perception and eye movements to understand human brain functioning

Abstract: When we view the world around us, our eyes move constantly. Eye movements enhance visual perception and guide movements of the hand and body. My lab at UBC investigates how the human brain transforms visual signals into eye movement commands and how eye movements affect the way we see. We are also interested in what happens to these processes in disease. In experimental studies in my lab volunteers engage in activities such as intercepting a visual object or hitting a ball while their eye and body movements are recorded. I will report results from studies in patients with schizophrenia and healthy adults and discuss how this research can help our understanding of normal and abnormal brain functioning.

Biography: Miriam Spering is Assistant Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at UBC. She is also a member of the Brain Research Centre, the Graduate Program in Neuroscience, and a Faculty Associate at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies. Miriam was born and raised in Germany, where she also obtained her Master’s degree and
Ph.D. in Psychology. She moved to New York in 2008 as a postdoctoral fellow at NYU and has been at UBC since 2011.

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