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    DescriptionWhen neuroscientist Susan Barry was fifty years old, she took an unforgettable trip to Manhattan. As she emerged from the dim light of the subway into the sunshine, she saw a view of the city that she had witnessed many times in the past but now saw in an astonishingly new way. Skyscrapers on street corners appeared to loom out toward her like the bows of giant ships. Tree branches projected upward and outward, enclosing and commanding palpable volumes of space. Leaves created intricate mosaics in 3D. With each glance, she experienced the deliriously novel sense of immersion in a three dimensional world. Barry had been cross-eyed and stereoblind since early infancy. After half a century of perceiving her surroundings as flat and compressed, on that day she was seeing Manhattan in stereo depth for first time in her life. As a neuroscientist, she understood just how extraordinary this transformation was, not only for herself but for the scientific understanding of the human brain. Scientists have long believed that the brain is malleable only during a "critical period" in early childhood. According to this theory, Barry's brain had organized itself when she was a baby to avoid double vision - and there was no way to rewire it as an adult. But Barry found an optometrist who prescribed a little-known program of vision therapy; after intensive training, Barry was ultimately able to accomplish what other scientists and even she herself had once considered impossible. A revelatory account of the brain's capacity for change, Fixing My Gaze describes Barry's remarkable journey and celebrates the joyous pleasure of our senses.

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    Fixing My Gaze
    A Scientist's Journey into Seeing in Three Dimensions
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Susan R. Barry, Foreword by Oliver Sacks
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 141 mm
    Height: 211 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 272 g
    ISBN 13: 9780465020737
    ISBN 10: 0465020739

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.0
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCP
    BIC subject category V2: BM, PDZ
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26000
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
    B&T Merchandise Category: SCI
    B&T General Subject: 710
    B&T Approval Code: A23306400
    BISAC V2.8: SCI053000
    DC22: 612.82
    BISAC V2.8: BIO015000, SCI036000, BIO026000
    DC22: 617.762
    B&T Approval Code: A60760000
    BISAC V2.8: SCI089000
    DC22: 617.7/62
    B&T Approval Code: A11241800
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HEA037000
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: RE771 .B37 2010
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: VFD, DNC, MFG, PSAN, PDZ, MJQ, DNBT
    Edition statement
    First Trade Paper Edition
    Illustrations note
    30 b/w illustrations
    The Perseus Books Group
    Imprint name
    Publication date
    19 August 2010
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Susan R. Barry is a professor of neurobiology in the Department of Biological Sciences at Mount Holyoke College. She speaks regularly to scientists, eye doctors, and educators on the topic of neuronal plasticity. She has been featured on NPR and in a New Yorker article by renowned neurologist Oliver Sacks entitled "Stereo Sue." She and her husband have two grown children and live in South Hadley, Massachusetts.