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Gerald Westheimer

Gerald Westheimer

Professor of the Graduate School Division of Neurobiology*
*And, Clinical Professor, School of Optometry

Lab Homepage: http://mcb.berkeley.edu/labs/westheimer/

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Research Interests

The processing of visual information by the human brain is approached by psychophysical experiments, by the study of the primate visual cortex in a collaborative arrangement with the Neurobiology Laboratory at the Rockefeller University, and by models of neural circuits and brain mechanisms. Of particular interest are interactive and plastic changes associated with the response modifications that occur with attention, active perception and learning.

Current Projects

Current projects include the experimental study of perceptual learning in spatial visual tasks and new means of  demonstrating the underlying synaptic changes in the involved brain circuits.  Of continued interest are the geometrical, computational and perceptual problems associated with form vision, with stereoscopic viewing of three-dimensional configurations and with the interaction of stimuli transmitted to the brain through the right and left eyes.

Selected Publications

Can perceptual learning compensate for optical image blur? [ G. Westheimer (2014) Vision Research 94, 58-61]

Retinal Light Distributions, the Stiles-Crawford Effect and Apodization.[G.Westheimer (2013) Journal of the Optical Society of America A 30, 1417-1421]

Measuring visual form discrimination with blur thresholds. [G.Westheimer (2013) Journal of Vision 13 (5), 1-11].

Spatial and spatial-frequency analysis in visual optics [G. Westheimer (2012) Ophthalmic & Physiol. Opitcs 32, 271-281].

Optical superresolution and visual hyperacuity. [G.Westheimer (2012) Progress in Retinal and Eye Research 31, 467-480] .

Three-dimensional Displays and Stereo Vision. [G.Westheimer (2011) Proc. Roy. Soc. B .278, 2241-2248]

Depth rendition of three-dimensional displays. [G.Westheimer (2011) Journal of the Optical Society of America A 28, 1185-1190]

Quantifying target conspicuity in contextual modulation by visual search [Sayim, B., Westheimer, G., Herzog, M.H. (2011) Journal of Vision 11(1).6]

Path dissociation of visual signals entering the cortex: disparity, contour orientation and position. [G.Westheimer (2011)Vision Research 51, 1058-1064]

Dimensional Analysis of Visual Signals. [G.Westheimer (2010), Journal of the Optical Society of America A 27, 303-307]

Gestalt modulates basic spatial vision. [B.Sayim, G.Westheimer, MH Herzog (2010) Psychological Science 21, 641-644]

Testing visual function in the clinical setting. [G.Westheimer (2010) Clinical and Experimental Optometry 93, 209-212]

The third dimension in the primary visual cortex. [G. Westheimer (2009) J. Physiol. 587, 2807-2816].

Visual Acuity: Information theory, retinal image structure and resolution thresholds.[G.Westheimer (2009) Progress in Retinal and Eye Research 28, 178-186]

Directional Sensitivity of the Retina. [G. Westheimer (2008) Proc. Roy. Soc. B. 275, 2777-2789]

Was Helmholtz a Bayesian? [G.Westheimer (2008) Perception 39, 642-650]

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Last Updated 2015-08-28