Friday, January 1, 2010

Unlike Stereo Sue, I have not gone binocular yet

But here's hoping I will.
Here's the story of Stereo Sue, a neuroscientist, who was born without 3d vision and how she reclaimed it.

For all the vision therapy folks, here's a link to the NPR story describing Stereo Sue's First Snowfall... One of those magic moments in life:

And here's a link to her book... one of the top 10 best selling books on science in 2009

Fixing My Gaze: A Scientist's Journey Into Seeing in Three Dimensions

Reviews on Amazon included:

Temple Grandin, author of Thinking in Pictures
“Essential reading for people interested in the brain.”

Eric Kandel, Winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine; author of In Search of Memory
“Fixing My Gaze is a magical book, at once poetic and scientific, that holds out great hope for all of us. Here Susan Barry recounts her discovery that through training she could acquire, in adulthood, the three dimensional vision she lacked in all her early years. Barry, an excellent brain scientist, illustrates through her personal experiences and the fascinating science of vision that the brain is a marvelously plastic organ that can continue to change its wiring and thereby its function throughout our adult life.”

David H. Hubel, Winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine; John Franklin Enders Professor of Neurobiology, Emeritus, Harvard Medical School:
“It had been widely thought that an adult, cross-eyed since infancy, could never acquire stereovision, but to everyone’s surprise Barry succeeded. In Fixing My Gaze, she describes how wonderful it was to have, step-by-step, this new 3-D world revealed to her. And as a neurobiologist she is able to discuss the science as an expert, in simple language."

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