2010 Public Lecture – Allison Sekuler

Allison Sekuler

McMaster University

Allison Sekuler is Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience, Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, and Associate Vice-President and Dean of Graduate Studies at McMaster University, in Hamilton, Ontario. She received her B.A. with a joint degree in Mathematics and Psychology from Pomona College, and her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. An outstanding teacher and internationally-recognized researcher, Dr. Sekuler has been recognized as an Alexander von Humboldt fellow and an Ontario Distinguished Researcher, and she was named one of Canada’s “Leaders of Tomorrow” in 2004. Her primary areas of research are vision science and cognitive neuroscience. Prof. Sekuler has served on numerous national and international boards in support of science, and is a former Treasurer and Member of the Board of Directors for the Vision Sciences Society. She is a passionate advocate for science outreach, frequently appearing in the media to discuss scientific issues, and currently representing the scientific community on the national Steering Committee for the Science Media Centre of Canada.

Vision and the Amazing, Changing, Aging Brain

Saturday, May 8, 2010, 10:00 – 11:30 am, Renaissance Academy of Florida Gulf Coast University

The “greying population” is the fastest growing group in North America. We know relatively little, however, about how aging affects critical functions such as vision and neural processing. For a long time, it was assumed that once we passed a certain age, the brain was essentially fixed, and could only deteriorate. But recent research shows that although aging leads to declines in some abilities, other abilities are spared and may even improve. This lecture will discuss the trade-offs in visual and neural processing that occur with age, and provide evidence that we really can teach older brains new tricks.

About the VSS Public Lecture

The annual public lecture represents the mission and commitment of the Vision Sciences Society to promote progress in understanding vision, and its relation to cognition, action and the brain. Education is basic to our science, and as scientists we are obliged to communicate the results of our work, not only to our professional colleagues but to the broader public. This lecture is part of our effort to give back to the community that supports us.

Jointly sponsored by VSS and the Renaissance Academy of Florida Gulf Coast University.