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New findings on children’s ability to see movement

08 October 2015

New findings published in the Journal Vision Research, reveal that children’s ability to see movement is quite distinct from their ability to see stationary objects. Arijit Chakraborty, a completing PhD student in SOVS supervised by Drs Ben Thompson, Nicola Anstice and Rob Jacobs estimated how well more than 100 four year-olds could judge the direction of moving dots as well as measuring their vision using  standard clinical tests. The authors found no relationship between children’s performance on the motion test and their ability to see fine detail (acuity) or dim patterns (contrast sensitivity).

This is an important result as it indicates that motion-tests have the potential to be uniquely sensitive indicators of whether specific networks in the brain are developing normally in children.