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Western researchers have been given the opportunity to look into the depths of the mind.
The Leverhulme Trust Interchange Grant has donated $450,000 to Western to allow psychologists and neuroscientists to study how the brain allows humans to see and experience the world. LTIG also donated funds to universities in the United Kingdom and France.
Western psychology and physiology professor Melvyn Goodale heads Western's Group on Action and Perception, which will study the neural basis of vision and visual consciousness.
"Western is a leading centre for research in visual neuroscience. The awarding of the Leverhulme grant is a testament to the impact our researchers are having on the world scene," Goodale said.
The grant will enable Western scientists to travel to leading research centres in the UK and France, as well as host participants from other countries. Doctors Keith Humphrey, Jody Culham and a number of post-doctoral fellows will make up Western's interchange team.
"The interchange program will provide a wonderful opportunity for our researchers, particularly our young researchers, to meet and exchange ideas with scientists from other leading centres in the world," Goodale added.