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His work in visual neuroscience uses both functional MRI and computational modeling to understand the action of the visual portions of the brain. His laboratory has worked to develop methods for identifying and measuring visual field maps in visual cortex. Recently, he and members of the laboratory have measured the reorganization of maps and cortical function following brain injury.
The Wandell lab is also studying human brain development. Specifically, they are measuring the responses in visual cortex of children, aged 8–12, as the children become skilled readers. He and his group are hoping to understand how visual signals and structures must develop to permit rapid, skilled reading. This work includes an array of techniques, including (functional MRI), diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), anatomical imaging, and behavioral testing.
Along with Laurence Maloney, he was awarded the National Academy of Sciences' Troland Research Award in 1987 "For their elegant account of how we preserve the inherent colors of surfaces despite wide variations in illumination, and of Wandell's other fundamental investigations of color vision." In 2008, he received the Edgar D. Tillyer Award from the OSA.
- "Seven Stanford faculty elected to National Academy of Sciences". Stanford News Service. May 7, 2003.
- "Troland Research Awards".
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- Stanford School of Medicine academic profile
- "Giving Sight to the Blind" video lecture by Brian Wandell