The brain is the most complex device known in the universe. Elucidating how the brain works is one of the most important questions in science. Very little is known about how the brain truly processes information, how it generates percepts, motor actions and thoughts.


Working in an young scientific field can be difficult but also extremely exciting and rewarding -- it is relatively easy to ask very interesting questions about brain function nobody has a an answer to.


We study how vision works.  How is that the brain appears to parse the activity of millions of photoreceptors in the eye effortlessly to yield a perceptual collection of objects and a description of their relationships?  How does vision help in the planning and execution of motor actions?  How do we recognize faces?  How do we see?


Knowing how the brain works is critical if we want to understand how it malfunctions in disease, and how we can develop new therapies and cures for disorders of the central nervous system.



Dario Ringach, PhD


Professor of Neurobiology and Psychology

Jules Stein Eye Institute

Biomedical Engineering Program

David Geffen School of Medicine

University of California, Los Angeles

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SB Paik, DL Ringach.  Retinal Origin or Orientation Maps in Visual Cortex, Nat Neurosci, 2011

Recent Publications

DL Ringach.  The use of nonhuman animals in biomedical research.  The American Journal of the Medical Sciences, 2011.

Paik SB, Ringach DL.  Link between orientation and retinotopic maps in primary visual cortex.  Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 2012.