Image of an eye inside of a color wheel
How the brain helps us see is a captivating subject in the world of neuroscience.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
The moment light meets the retina, the process of sight begins. About 60 years ago, scientists discovered that each vision cell’s receptive field is activated when light hits a tiny region in the center of the field and inhibited when light hits the area surrounding the center.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
During this lab activity, students will explore two types of sensory processes. First, they will investigate how one identifies different flavors. Then, they will explore the ways the brain interprets the visual images that reach the eye.
  • University of Pennsylvania
An interactive website about the eye. Learn about the parts of the eye and eye safety, and try out some optical illusions.
  • National Eye Institute
This site provides experiments on hearing, smell, taste, touch, and vision designed for students in primary and secondary school classrooms.
  • Center for Behavioral Neuroscience
Every morning we wake up and regain consciousness, but what exactly is it that we regain? Neuroscientist Antonio Damasio uses this question to give us a glimpse into how our brains create our sense of self.
  • TED
  • 19 min
An unexpected finding decades ago has helped create one of the first success stories for gene therapy and hope for vision restoration in people.
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3D Brain

An interactive brain map that you can rotate in a three-dimensional space.