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Marko Nardini

UCL Institute of Ophthalmology

Human visual and cognitive development

In the Child Vision Lab we investigate the normal and abnormal development of retinal and cortical vision, the development of vision for cognition and action, and interactions between vision and theother senses. We use behavioural methods in conjunction with mathematical modelling to describe the computations carried out by the developing nervous system as it becomes optimised for interacting with the world. Our research hypotheses are grounded inknowledge of physiology and we use developmental fMRI, EEG, and retinal imaging to establish structure-function relationships in the developing visual system. We also collaborate with clinicians at Moorfields Eye Hospital to study effects of new therapies (e.g. retinal gene replacement therapy) in infant and child patients, and to develop new psychophysical methods to assess visual function in these patients.


1) Integration of information for 3D shape perception in the developing visual brain

2) Plasticity of cortical visual processing in paediatric patients with genetic mutations leading to abnormal photoreceptor function

3) Development of multisensory balance, locomotion and navigation in immersive virtual reality

4) Development of optimal visuo-motor decision-makingunder sensory uncertainty


M Nardini, R Bedford, D Mareschal (2010). Fusion of visual cues is not mandatory in children. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A. 107(39), 17041-17046.

R Thomas, M Nardini, D Mareschal (2010). Interactions between light-from-above and convexity priors in visual development. Journal of Vision, 10(8): 6

M Nardini, P Jones, R Bedford, O Braddick (2008). Development of cue integration in human navigation. Current Biology, 18, 689-693.


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