SUNY Optometry scientists discover a surprising central role of darks in brain visual maps

March 5, 2020

Scientists have been studying how visual space is mapped in the cerebral cortex for many decades under the assumption that the map is equal for lights and darks. Surprisingly, recent work demonstrates that visual brain maps are dark-centric and that, just as stars rotate around black holes in the Universe, lights rotate around darks in the brain representation of visual space. The work was done by Jens Kremkow and collaborators in the laboratories of Jose Manuel Alonso at the State University of New York College of Optometry and was published in May 5, of 2016 issues of Nature. This video, narrated by Dr. Alonso, is an illustration of their findings.