Visual Performance & Oculomotor Mobility Lab

Dr. Miriam Spering

Ophthalmology Rotation for 3rd year Medical Undergraduate Students - Eye Movement Session

(2016/17 on Wednesdays, 1-3 pm, Eye Care Centre Board Room)


PDF of lecture slides (version October 2016)

Session handout (version May 2016)

Video clips from Leigh & Zee (2006)

Appendix 1 from Leigh & Zee (2006) on how to perform an exam


Vision and Action Journal Club

(2016/17 on Mondays, 11 am-12 pm, ICICS X718)


This journal club is held jointly with the labs of Nicola Hodges and Alan Kingstone and occurs every second Monday in the ICICS building, X-wing, Room X718 (2366 Main Mall, use entry on Agronomy Rd.) The goal is to read and discuss recently published papers in the areas of perception and action, touching on cognitive aspects such as attention and learning, in a relaxed and informal setting. If you would like to join us please contact us.

Schedule for fall/winter 2016/17


Eye Movement Reading Group [OLD]


Movements of the eyes provide a valuable source of information for different areas of applied and basic science. They have been recorded and studied in various species from goldfish to humans for more than 100 years. Human eye movements serve as an important diagnostic tool in patients with neurological, psychiatric and ophthalmologic disorders. In visual psychophysics, human and monkey eye movements are used as a behavioral correlate to understand the brain mechanisms underlying visual perception.

In the summers of 2011-2013, the Eye Movement Reading Group explored selected aspects of the smooth pursuit and saccadic eye movement systems. The group was open to everyone affiliated with UBC or VGH, who is interested in learning more about these fascinating and rich visualmotor systems.

The group read some of the classics of the primate eye movement literature. We started each 1-hour session with a brief, 15-minute presentation of one original research paper, followed by discussion. See QALMRI by Stephen M. Kosslyn (Harvard) for an idea how to present experimental papers.


Schedule for June-September 2013

Check back in August for the September-October schedule!