Research in the Vision and Cognition group is directed at understanding cortical mechanisms of visual perception, memory and plasticity. An important goal is to create a visual cortical prosthesis to restore vision in blind people. To this aim the team develops new high-bandwidth brain computer interfaces to directly transfer visual information to the visual cortex, thereby bypassing the malfunctioning eye of blind individuals. The research group demonstrated proof-of-principle that such a cortical prosthesis can give rise to the perception of shape (Chen, Wang, Fernandez & Roelfsema, Science, 2020) and aims to bring the technology to humans in the upcoming years.
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