Kathryn Murphy PhD
David G Jones PhD
Brett Beston PhD
Current Research Projects
  1. Development of Human Visual Cortex
  2. We are studying synaptic develop in human visual cortex.
  3. Recovery from Early Visual Deprivation
  4. We are examining the neurobiological changes promoted by early  visual deprivation and exploring new treatment regimens to  promote optimal recovery.
  5. Neural Signal-to-Noise
  6. We are developing new methods to study how early experience affects the maturation of neural signal-to-noise.
Current Students & Techs
  1. Neural signal-to-Noise.
  2. David Irwin, Research Assistant extraodinaire
  3. Human visual cortex development.
  4. Sam Leung, BioPsych Undergraduate Student
  6. Josh Pinto, MiNDS Graduate Student
  7. Human visual cortex development.
  8. Grayson Roumeliotis, MiNDS Graduate Student
  9. Recovery from early deprivation.
  10. Lilia Tcharnaia, Research Assistant extraodinaire
  11. Recovery from early visual deprivation.
  12. Kate Williams, MiNDS Graduate Student
  13. Recovery from early visual deprivation.
How does the brain develop to support normal perception?
We address this question by studying the development of visual perception  and the visual areas of the brain.
Together with our students we study the role of early visual experience on the development of vision and the visual cortex.  In particular we are interested in the visual and neural changes associated with lazy-eye (amblyopia).  Lazy-eye is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders in children.  We use a variety of neurobiological, computational, and psychophysics techniques in our experiments.  Our studies explore the development of the visual cortex from new perspectives.  We are searching for and finding clues that help us understand how the brain develops and new directions for treating lazy-eye.
The lab is a collaborative effort among Dr Kathryn Murphy, Dr David Jones, and Dr Brett Beston.   Together we apply an integrative, interdisciplinary approach to studying visual and brain development.
Dr Murphy is the Director of the Neuroscience Graduate Program at McMaster.  You can find more information about the MiNDS program at
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