Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging

Dr Lars Muckli, Principal Investigator in the Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging has just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science a very exciting article about research with a 10-year-old girl born with half a brain who is able to see normally through one eye.

The child, from Germany, has both fields of vision in one eye and is the only known case of its kind in the world. Dr Lars Muckli said: “This study has revealed the surprising flexibility of the brain when it comes to self-organising mechanisms for forming visual maps.” “The brain has amazing plasticity but we were quite astonished to see just how well the single hemisphere of the brain in this girl has adapted to compensate for the missing half.

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