Visual Processing and Visual Fields
The FieldTester User Interface
Running the FieldTester Applet
References, Links, and Credits
There are many excellent books on the visual system and how the brain
works. My personal favorites are:
The Amazing Brain by Robert Ornstein and Richard F. Thompson,
illustrated by David Macaulay (Houghton Mifflin, 1991 [paperback reissue]).
Ornstein is well-known for his explanations of brain functions, especially
The Psychology of Consciousness. Macaulay is famous for his
historically accurate and occasionally whimsical books on architecture,
especially Cathedral, Pyramid, and The Way Things Work.
Their collaboration on this work reaches a peak of amusement and clarity
when they devote a central portion of the book to explain how a person
recognizes a familiar face.
Mapping the Mind by Rita Carter and Christopher Frith
(University of California Press, 1999). Beautifully illustrated,
featuring guest essays by well-known experts in neuropsychology,
autism, and schizophrenia.
Other Web Sites
Brain Functions and Map.
A map of the brain's four lobes linked to information on how
trauma results in behavioral and emotional changes.
A good place to start.
The Human Brain.
A clickable map of the major surface features of the cerebrum.
The Whole Brain Atlas Top 100 Brain Structures.
This portion of
The Whole Brain Atlas
has links to well-labeled magnetic resonance images. More technical
than most other sites.
Koch's Brain. Do people
get injected with icky goo and inhale an inert gas just so others
can look at their brains? People do.
American Stroke Association.
A division of the American Heart Association.
These folks also provide resources and support for caregivers of
National Stroke Association.
Excellent source of information on hemorrhagic strokes. Includes
statistics on strokes in the United States.
A list of sites recomended by the Dana Alliance,
a nonprofit organization of neuroscientists.
Vision Sciences Lab
at Harvard University. Be sure to check out the visual jitter demo.
The FieldTester was designed and implemented by
Lou Ceci with the generous support and encouragement of
Lou took an interest in the subject of visual perception and
visual fields when his best friend and partner suffered
The FieldTester uses an ArrowButton class
that was designed and implemented by
Mark Lentczner of Glyphic.
Brad Sandman, also of Glyphic, helped to refine the user interface
and design the web pages.