|Our eyes serve many purposes, but none is more important than guiding the things that we do. For example, vision informs the movements of our hands, limbs and eyes as we manipulate and interact with the objects around us. William James understood this very well when he proposed that the whole machinery of the brain has a single goal: "To take information from the environment and generate behavior best suited to that information." (Principles of Psychology, 1890)|
|To generate what James called the best-suited behavior, the human brain performs innumerable complex computations on the information provided by the eyes. That information is crucial for appropriate actions, but it alone is not enough. The eye and brain must also exploit memories of what we saw previously, as well as expectations of what we will most likely encounter in the future.|
|The laboratory recognizes that human vision is a neural process whose role is central in many important cognitive functions.
Currently, lab members are
|The laboratory's research is supported by the National Institutes of Health, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and by CELEST, a National Science Foundation Science of Learning Center|