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

 
 
Author
Susan R. Barry. Oliver Sacks, foreword.
Publisher Basic Books  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 6.75 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780465009138
Pages/Publication Date 249/2009
Daedalus Item Code 02896
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Does the brain really stop developing after a certain point in childhood, effectively fixing itself to operate in a certain way for the rest of our lives? Neuroscientist Susan Barry thought so, until her own brain proved otherwise. Born with crossed eyes, Barry found that, because her brain grew up rejecting the confusing information and focusing on a single image of the world around her, she only saw the world in flat, two-dimensional terms; even after her eyes were later repaired, she couldn't see in 3-D. Here she tells how, after an optometrist prescribed a little-known visual therapy, Barry's brain began using long-abandoned neurons again in her 40s, providing her with 3-D vision and a new perspective on the ongoing plasticity of the brain.

"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."—Eric Kandel

 
 
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