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FACULTY

SPERING, MIRIAM




DR. MIRIAM SPERING


M.A. (Diplom) in Psychology (Heidelberg, Germany);
Ph.D. (Dr. rer. nat.) in Neuroscience (Giessen, Germany)

Position: Assistant Professor
Member: Graduate Program in Neuroscience,
Brain Research Centre,
Visual Cognitive Neuroscience Group
Lab: Perception & Action lab,
Willow Chest Centre,
3rd floor, Rm 357-1 to 366
Email: email address
Phone: 604-875-4111  x21236
Lab webpage:  http://visualcognition.ca/spering


 

Research:

The Perception & Action lab focuses on how what we see – our visual perception of an object's motion, form and color, for instance – guides what we do, and how our movements, in turn, affect the way we see.  We study both simple eye movements towards an object of interest as well as complex sequences of eye, hand and body movements essential for everyday activities ranging from playing sports to driving a car.  Many neurological, psychiatric and developmental disorders, such as Parkinson's disease, schizophrenia and strabismic amblyopia, are associated with eye movement defects.  One of the lab's current research goals is to explore whether eye movement training can help improve vision and locomotion in these patients.  Our collaborators are in the departments of Computer Science, Physical Therapy, Athletics & Recreation, Ophthalmology, Neurology, and at B.C. Children's Hospital.  The lab's work is funded by NSERC and the Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies.


 

Selected References:

Spering M, Carrasco M (2012).  Similar effects of feature-based attention on motion perception and pursuit eye movements at different levels of awareness.  J Neurosci 32:7594-7601.

Spering M, Schütz AC, Braun DI, Gegenfurtner KR (2011).  Keep your eyes on the ball: Smooth pursuit eye movements enhance the prediction of visual motion.  J Neurophysiol 105:1756-1767.

Spering M, Pomplun M, Carrasco M (2011).  Tracking without perceiving: A dissociation between motion perception and eye movements.  Psychol Sci 22:216-225.

Spering M, Montagnini A (2011).  Do we track what we see? Evidence for common and independent processing of motion information for perception and smooth pursuit eye movements.  Vision Res 51:836-852.

Spering M, Gegenfurtner KR (2008).  Contextual effects on motion perception and smooth pursuit eye movements.  Brain Res 1225:76-85.

 

 



 

 

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