“The eye owes its existence to the light. Out of indifferent animal organs the light produces an organ to correspond to itself…”
J.W. von Goethe
My interests in studying the visual system started very early owing to simple curiosity to explore and understand how the eye functions and what causes dysfunction. Soon this interest extended to understanding the perception and cognition of visual information. I am fortunate to have inspiring teachers and mentors who spared no effort to promote my interest and inquisitiveness.
I am a Phd candidate in the Human Vision lab, in the Developmental and Brain Sciences program at University of Massachusetts Boston, with broad interests in understanding how the visual cortex changes over development; what are the informational characteristics that drive functional plasticity in the adult brain; how all of this information is represented in higher brain areas (and at this stage is it really different form other sensory areas) that lead to cognition; how do attentional and memory systems facilitate in encoding information; how does the brain manage resource allocation to selected information; and depending on the relevance of the selected information how different are further computations. My thesis work focuses specifically in understanding the necessary and sufficient visual informational characteristics to trigger ocular dominance plasticity in the adult (developed) visual system.