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Thanks to the work of NEI scientists and grantees, we’re constantly learning new information about the causes and treatment of vision disorders. Get the latest updates about their work — along with other news about NEI.

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A man and a dog in front of an MRI scanner

Decoding Canine Cognition

September 14, 2022

Scientists have decoded visual images from a dog’s brain, offering a first look at how the canine mind reconstructs what it sees.
Long distance connections in the brain.

New method enables long-lasting imaging of rapid brain activity in individual cells deep in the cortex

August 18, 2022

Scientists at Baylor College of Medicine and collaborating institutions report a new sensor that allows neuroscientists to image brain activity without missing signals, for an extended time and deeper in the brain than previously possible.
Functional map of inhibitory neurons in visual cortex

Experience Required: A role for vision in the development of inhibitory networks

July 12, 2022

New research from the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience demonstrates that inhibitory and excitatory neuronal circuits of the visual system develop through different processes, even if the organization of the mature circuit is similar.
Joseph Schumacher and David Fitzpatrick

Spot the difference: Brain changes that enable fine visual discrimination learning

July 8, 2022

In a new research study from the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, scientists have now discovered the neuronal changes that occur during learning to improve discrimination of closely related visual images.
Vision and non-vision functions use different neuronal circuits in the retina.

NIH researchers decode retinal circuits for circadian rhythm, pupillary light response

July 6, 2022

The eye’s light-sensing retina taps different circuits depending on whether it is generating image-forming vision or carrying out a non-vision function such as regulating pupil size or sleep/wake cycles, according to a new mouse study.
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Researchers discover brain pathway that helps to explain light’s effect on mood

July 6, 2022

A new study from Brown University demonstrated that some regions of the cerebral cortex involved in cognitive processing and mood show sensitivity for light intensity.
Woman crossing a stream in the woods

How the brain interprets motion while in motion

June 13, 2022

New findings about how the brain interprets sensory information may have applications for treating brain disorders and designing artificial intelligence.
Drawing of brain inside a color wheel

Neuroscientists Find New Factors Behind Better Vision

June 13, 2022

The size of our primary visual cortex and the amount of brain tissue we have dedicated to processing visual information can predict how well we can see, a new study shows.

Life after death for the human eye

May 11, 2022

Scientists have revived light-sensing neuron cells in organ donor eyes and restored communication between them as part of a series of discoveries that stand to transform brain and vision research.
Image of Cortical neurons

Scientists unveil the format of working memory

April 7, 2022

A team of scientists has discovered how working memory is “formatted”—a finding that enhances our understanding of how visual memories are stored.