Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Spotlight on "Stereo Sue" Barry - Fixing My Gaze

Fixing My Gaze: A Scientist's Journey Into Seeing in Three Dimensions

Sue Barry was born cross-eyed, and lived for almost 50 years without stereovision--i.e. unable to see in three dimensions. Fascinated as a student by the inner workings of the brain, Sue grew up to be a neurobiology professor. She even used her own vision deficiencies as a classroom example to illustrate the idea that the brain is hardwired at a very young age and cannot be changed. But Sue's faith in the science of the day (a hardwired brain) would eventually crumble.

At the age of 48, Susan Barry gained stereo vision with the help of a developmental optometrist who prescribed a program of optometric vision therapy that taught her how to coordinate her eyes.


From the front page of the Hartford Courant:
Through Her Vision Work, Neurobiologist Finds Way To Retrain The Adult Brain

Bright Eyes Vision News: Interview with Susan Barry
Interview with Susan Barry, author of "Fixing My Gaze"

Audio Podcast Interview with Susan Barry
http://www.perseuspodcasts.com/main/podcasts/book.php?isbn=9780465009138

Scientific American: From 2-D to 3-D Sight: How One Scientist Learned to See
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=seeing-in-3-d

Print Q&A with Sue from the New Scientist, June 6, 2009
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20227112.900-how-i-learned-to-see-in-3d.html

Sue’s Psychology Today Blog, Eyes on the Brain
http://blogs.psychologytoday.com/blog/eyes-the-brain

Los Angeles Times OpEd
http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-barry22-2009jun22,0,350826.story

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for helping draw attention to "Fixing My Gaze." This is such an exciting book and I encourage all to read it. I have given many copies to patients and friends.

    If I may, I'd like to share a link with the interview that I did with Dr. Barry as well: http://tinyurl.com/nlu3vy

    -Dr. B

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