Measuring and modeling visual cortical plasticity (NHMRC Grant Administered by University of Melbourne) (2009–2011)
We are the product of both our genes and our environment. Scientists have already shown that the physical structure of our brain can be changed by our experiences. But how much can it be changed? Our experiments will adress this question for a particular case: how far our visual experiences can affect the structure of the part of our brain that processes visual images. This will help us understand the delicate balance between our genes and our environment in shaping who we are.