Ben completed his undergraduate and postgraduate training in Experimental Psychology at the University of Sussex, U.K. followed by postdoctoral training at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and McGill University. Ben’s research interests include human visual cortex development and plasticity.
Dania is investigating the mechanisms of neuroplasticity in the adult brain. Throughout early childhood development, the brain is highly plastic. However, plasticity is thought to decline once the brain matures. This decline in plasticity has been attributed in part to a neurotransmitter known as gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). Dania is investigating the relationship between GABA and plasticity in young and elderly adults. Her results will have implications for adult neurorehabilitation as well as learning and memory formation.
Amy Chow completed her Doctor of Optometry degree (OD) at the University of Waterloo and is currently a PhD student. Amy's work within the HVNL lab focuses on understanding suppression in the context of higher-level cognitive processing, such as attention. Her previous project examined how attentive tracking of moving dots is differentially affected in the subtypes of amblyopia, which has implications for developing treatments for restoring vision. Amy uses a variety of techniques ranging from eye tracking, psychophysics and brain imaging to study cortical processing of visual information in humans.
Rajkumar Raveendran (Raj) studies the stability and characteristics of fixational eye movements as a platform to understand the sensory deficits associated with amblyopia. Amblyopic eyes exhibit abnormal fixational eye movements that may play an important role in the visual deficits associated with amblyopia. Raj’s research findings will advance our understanding of mechanisms underlying abnormal amblyopic eye fixational eye movements and will also provide insights into effective treatment strategies of amblyopia.