UCL Institute of Ophthalmology


Child Vision Lab

At the Child Vision Lab we want to understand how children and infants learn to see and act on the world.

We create fun, child-friendly research studies that help us discover:

  • what babies and children can see and how their visual skills develop,
  • what happens when infants and children are born with visual impairments,
  • how the brain changes when the sensory system and motor system start working together better during development,
  • we also apply our knowledge of visual development to understand what happens in adults when vision becomes impaired.

We use state-of-the-art scientific approaches and techniques, whilst introducing parents and children to real scientific experiments in a fun and playful manner.


Science Fun for Kids - October Half-Term holidays 2019 

'Searching Space-Time' game:
We are currently looking for children, aged between 8 and 10 years old with normal or corrected-to-normal vision, to take part in our new exciting study! This study investigates children's abilites to rapidly extract visual information from images varying in their complexity, and use this information to perform more complex tasks (e.g., categorisation of image contents). 

If you and your child are interested to take part and/or would like more information about this study, please email us at ioo-cvl@ucl.ac.uk.

See our Summer Newsletter 2017 to find out a bit more about what we've been up to! 

Since 2018, we launched Vision@UCL Talks, a free monthly event for everyone (from non-scientific public to expert scientists). The series features eminent international vision science speakers, who bridge the fields of psychophysics, fMRI, and computational modelling in vision science.