2016

Leibnitz Award Lecture

Talk
03.02.2016, 9.30 a.m.
L V Prasad Eye Institute
Englisch
open for all
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Critical phases in human development are epochs in life during which experience is necessary to allow for a full development of brain functions and related behavior. The behavioral and neuroscientific investigation of humans, who are permanently blind and either became blind at birth or later in life uncover the adaptivity of the structural and functional organization of the human brain in childhood and adulthood, respectively. For example, blind humans often show superior capabilities in their remaining senses which are based on a neural reorganization. Moreover, individuals born with total bilateral dense cataracts after sight restoration provide a unique opportunity for investigating the neural mechanisms of critical period plasticity in humans. This research contributes to the development of improved strategies in visual rehabilitation and education.

About the speaker:
Briigitte Roder studied Psychology at and received her PhD from the University of Marburg (Germany). After her postdoc time at the University of Oregon (U.S.) she was awarded an Emmy-Noether grant of the German Research Foundation (DFG). In 2004 she moved to the University of Hamburg, where she since then holds a full professorship for Biological Psychology and Neuropsychology with a second affiliation at the Medical Faculty. Brigitte Roder's research interests comprise multisensory processes and age-dependent neuroplasticity. Her main research methods include behavioral and electrophysiological techniques and brainimaging. Brigitte Roder is member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and of the Academy of Sciences in Hamburg. Her most important awards are the Leibniz Award of the German Research Foundation and an Advanced Grant of the European Science Foundation.

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