Visual Development Unit
Department of Psychology, University College London
and the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford
WHAT CAN YOUR BABY SEE?
The Visual Development Unit has been running for over 20
years, first in the University of Cambridge, and since 1993 at University
College London. We now have a second Unit at the University of Oxford.
We devise new methods for testing how children use the vision they need for
everyday tasks - recognising objects and people, reaching for toys, crossing
the road, finding their way around. These tests help us to find out more
about how the eye-brain systems develop normally, and why this development
sometimes goes wrong.
London Unit is situated at 26 Bedford Way, on the fourth floor (with our
own automatic door and lift). We have feeding and changing facilities here,
as well as toys and books for both babies and older brothers and sisters. We
can reimburse volunteer families for short taxi journeys or for other travel
expenses, including parking which is available nearby.
Our Oxford Unit has similar facilities. It is on the ground
floor of the University's department of Experimental Psychology, on the
corner of South Parks Road and St. Cross Road, near the University Parks.
If you are willing to help us and have a baby any age between birth and 5 years, please find out how you can help us.
It is especially helpful
if you get in touch with us as soon as possible after the birth of your baby, as many of our tests are for
children in the first 3 months of life. After we have received your form, we
will contact you to arrange an appointment. If your child takes part in our
studies, he/she will be offered a vision screening check for common
The Visual Development Unit
has been supported since its beginning in 1975 by grants from the Medical
Research Council (MRC).
Babies’ hand movements for different sized objects reveal how they
can use visual information to guide their actions. (a) ‘grasp
and close’ action; (b) non ‘grasp & close’ action.
|fMRI – normal adults
(Braddick et al, Current Biology, 2000).
Independent networks for coherent form and coherent motion.
We have a wide programme of research and assessment in both
normal and abnormal visual development in infants and young children.
post-box test assesses visually based planning of actions. This is
often a problem in Williams
liaise with a number of academic departments and hospital-based research and
assessment groups in London and Oxford, including University College
Hammersmith Hospital, John Radcliffe Hospital, Institute of Ophthalmology and
Moorfields Eye Hospital.
We recruit our volunteer families with normal infants mainly from UCH, Royal Free and
We have also carried out
the follow-up of 300 children selected from our second videorefraction
Screening Programme in Cambridge.
- For an overview of the work we
do, take a look at the introduction page
More comprehensive information is available on
our research page
- For a list of the papers we have published,
see the publications page
- If you are willing to help us
and have a baby any age between birth and two years, find out how you can
Contact details, and information about the
people who work here.
- Links to visual
development and related resources
Visual Development Unit,
Department of Psychology, University College London, Gower Street London WC1E
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7679 7574 Fax +44 (0)20 7679 7576