UBC Perception & Action Lab

Oculomotor Lab

Dr. Miriam Spering


Our lab continues to be generously funded by NSERC, and Miriam has been awarded an Accelerator award for three years on top of her Discovery Grant.

Miriam has been awarded the J.A.F. Stevenson visiting professorship of the Canadian Physiological Society and will visit Western University in the spring of 2019.

Together with her co-investigator Dr. Dinesh Pai (UBC Computer Science) and Knowledge User Dr. Mary-Lou Jackson (UBC Ophthalmology, Vision Rehabilitation) Dr. Spering was recently awarded a Wall Solutions grant to develop a portable dynamic vision test for the aging population.

Recent Papers

"Expectations about motion direction affect perception and anticipatory smooth pursuit differently." [pdf]
by Wu et al. in Journal of Neurophysiology (2021)

"Look where you go: characterizing eye movements towards optic flow." [pdf]
by Chow et al. in Journal of Vision (2021)

Welcome to the Oculomotor Lab in the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. The lab is directed by Dr. Miriam Spering. We are located on the 2nd floor of Koerner Pavilion at UBC Hospital.

Research in Dr. Spering's lab focuses on how we use visual information to control movement. We use ultra-fast display technology, eye tracking and motion capture to study vision, eye and hand movements in healthy adults, athletes, and patients with sensorimotor deficits.

Our research has many applications. For instance, a type of eye movement known as smooth pursuit is used to stabilize gaze on a moving object of interest and critically assists vision. Deficits in the perception of visual motion and the pursuit tracking of moving objects have been described in many conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease or schizophrenia. Our clinical research projects focus on using eye movements as sensitive indicators of disease processes and developing technology for eye-movement-aided diagnosis. We have also developed vision and eye movement tests for the UBC Baseball team.

We acknowledge research funding from NSERC, CFI John R. Evans Leaders Fund and the UBC Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies.

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