Providing interdisciplinary training in vision research and connecting vision science to the arts, design, and philosophy
Director: Michael Paradiso, PhD
Vision defines our sense of the world -- we learn, recall, dream, imagine, and experience life to a significant extent through our visual system. To capitalize on Brown’s rich history and strength in vision research going back to the 19th century, the Center for Vision Research (CVR) was formed in 2007. The center has 38 members from 10 different departments; these range from Philosophy and Visual Arts to Ophthalmology to Neuroscience and Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences, and also the Marine Biological Lab at Woods Hole. Vision research at Brown spans all four of BIBS major research themes. The mission of the Center for Vision Research is to provide training in vision research, promote and facilitate research, and unify vision research at Brown by bringing together investigators from different departments. CVR hosts colloquia of interest to the broad membership and the wider community in order to foster interactions and discussions that will lead to new research initiatives. CVR fosters and facilitates vision research through awards for the support of postdoctoral fellows and small pilot research grants with a focus on innovation and collaboration.