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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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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.
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.
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.
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How do our eyes stay focused on what we reach for? Researchers uncover how our gaze is “anchored” in the brain

April 20, 2022

Findings offer new insights into how our movements are coordinated
Three soccer players on a field. Center player looks down at the ball by her feet.

Attention to objects in peripheral vision is not driven by tiny eye movements

March 25, 2022

New research by National Eye Institute (NEI) investigators shows that while microsaccades seem to boost or diminish the strength of the brain signals underlying attention, eye movements are not drivers of those brain signals.
two people are taking a walk outside

Seen and ‘herd’: Collective motion in crowds is largely determined by participants’ field of vision

March 21, 2022

Researchers at Brown University developed a new model to predict human flocking behavior based on optics and other sensory data.
A mosquito with one leg on a red disc

Mosquitoes are seeing red: Why new findings about their vision could help you hide from these disease vectors

February 4, 2022

New research led by scientists at the University of Washington indicates that a common mosquito species — after detecting a telltale gas that we exhale — flies toward specific colors, including red, orange, black and cyan.