Early Visual Experience in Humans: Evidence for a Critical Period in the Development of Binocular Vision

  • Richard N. Aslin
  • Martin S. Banks


Normal human perceptual systems are highly structured and capable of extremely complex functions. Yet, many persons possess structural anomalies in their perceptual systems which result in functional deficits, or specific perceptual problems. A question of great clinical and theoretical importance is how these functional deficits develop. In the pursuit of answers to this question, basic research concerning normal and abnormal perceptual development has played a major role. This chapter will provide a brief review of basic research concerning the development of binocular vision in animals and then a more complete review of a study that applied the principles uncovered in the animal studies to a population of humans with deficits in binocular vision.


Visual Cortex Critical Period Perceptual Experience Visual Experience Binocular Vision 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard N. Aslin
    • 1
  • Martin S. Banks
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of TexasAustinUSA

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