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By (author): Nigel Daw

Research in the area of visual development has become a multidisciplinary affair. Students who acquire an interest in the fi eld therefore need to understand several different aspects of the subject. The development of acuity measured by psychophysicists is the concern of optometrists and ophthalmologists, and depends on changes in the anatomy of the retina and the physiology of cells in the visual pathway. Scientists working on the cellular, molecular, and biochemical mechanisms lean on anatomical studies, physiology, and psychophysics in designing and interpreting their experiments. Indeed, the laboratories of the leading scientists working on the subject now all use a large variety of techniques in their studies. Because the study of visual development is pursued by workers in many disciplines, from medicine to basic science, I have tried to write this book at a level at which it can be understood by a variety of students: graduate students in neurobiology and psychology, as well as optometry students and ophthalmology residents. The text assumes some knowledge of basic terms such as acuity, but a glossary is provided should the reader fi nd some words that are unfamiliar. The emphasis is on facts and conclusions, rather than on methods and procedures. Many details are left out. However, I hope that the experts will also read the book. The subject has become so wide-ranging that not many people have the time to read literature in all aspects of it. The book is also intended for experts in one area to get a grasp of the basics of the subject in other disciplines that are not their primary discipline. To write a book covering such a wide variety of disciplines, I have had to simplify. The book does not go into controversies in detail. Instead, it provides my summary of what seems to me to be the best evidence. Not everybody will agree with my synthesis. Some experts will read it and be outraged at some of my statements. However, my outrageous statements were intended to be constructive: I hope that they will provoke thought and point the way to more experiments that will carry the fi eld forward. I am grateful to Colin Blakemore for inviting me to write this book. The process has been an educational one for me, and led to a number of insights which may have been apparent to others, but not to me. A number of friends and colleagues have helped me in the preparation of the book. Grace Gray in particular read the entire text twice, and improved it throughout. Robert Hess went through the whole section on Visual Deprivation, and made Pr eface vi many valuable comments. John Lisman did the same for the section on Mechanisms. Janette Atkinson, Marty Banks, Oliver Braddick, Jan Naegele, Pasko Rakic, and Josh Wallman read individual chapters in their area of expertise and made many corrections and improvements. Several of my colleagues in the Department of Ophthalmology—Ethan Cohen, Jonathan Kirsch, Thomas Hughes, Colin Barnstable, Silvia Reid and Helen Flavin— gave comments on various portions of the text, and Marc Weitzman read two whole sections. I would like to thank them all. However, I did not adopt all of their suggestions, and the errors and omissions are mine. I would also like to thank Janet Hescock and Bob Brown for help in the preparation of the text and fi gures, together with support from the Core Grant to Yale University from the National Eye Institute.


Free Visual Development, Third edition PDF download

Free Visual Development, Third edition PDF download

The only book on the market to cover the psychophysics, anatomy, physiology, and clinical deficits of the developing visual system in an accessible format and length. The visual system is the most commonly studied aspect of the nervous system and is the primary model for the study of both normal development and the effects of environment and sensory deprivation on development. This third edition highlights new research and features a large number of illustrations, many in color. It can be used as a supplementary text in neuroscience and ophthalmology courses. This book is a great resource for both novice and advanced researchers in the field of vision.

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