Peter Bex


PhD, Cardiff University, Psychology, 1994
BS, Hull University, Psychology, 1989

Area(s) of Expertise

Basic and clinical vision science

Research Interests

My research uses cross-disciplinary approaches to study basic and clinical vision science.

Current models of visual perception have been developed to understand behavior under a limited set of idealized laboratory conditions. However, we live in a dynamic and cluttered environment and move our eyes several times each second. My basic visual neuroscience research aims to extend models of sensory processing from laboratory settings to real world conditions. This involves the study of moving natural images that contain multiple objects, three-dimensional structure while observers make eye movements.

My translational clinical research uses behavioral and computational techniques to study the pathological processes in blinding eye diseases including Age-related Macular Disease, Glaucoma and Amblyopia. My research aims to understand the bases and implications of these blinding eye diseases with the goal of developing efficient and sensitive methods for early diagnosis and to measure the presence and progression or remediation of vision loss. Treatment of many eye diseases with conventional ophthalmic techniques is of limited benefit, my lab therefore develops new technologies and novel therapeutic approaches that help to maximize residual visual function and promote the most effective rehabilitation.

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Department of Psychology
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Northeastern Translational Vision Lab’s to collaborate with Boston Museum of Science

Dylan Rose, a graduate student in Psychology Professor Peter Bex’s lab, is studying eye movement biometrics, connecting eye movement behavior and visual attention to both ophthalmological and neurobiological problems. Bex’s Translational Vison Lab will be teaming up with the Museum of Science’s Living Laboratory, a research program at the museum that brings visitors and scientists together to learn about science while conducting research.

New research points to source of peripheral vision problems

Psychology professor Peter J. Bex and colleagues have reached a new understanding of why our peripheral vision is poor. The discovery could lead to treatments for eye diseases such as age-related macular degeneration.