The New Visual Neurosciences

The New Visual Neurosciences

Edited by John S. Werner and Leo M. Chalupa

A comprehensive review of contemporary research in the vision sciences, reflecting the rapid advances of recent years.





A comprehensive review of contemporary research in the vision sciences, reflecting the rapid advances of recent years.

Visual science is the model system for neuroscience, its findings relevant to all other areas. This essential reference to contemporary visual neuroscience covers the extraordinary range of the field today, from molecules and cell assemblies to systems and therapies. It provides a state-of-the art companion to the earlier book The Visual Neurosciences (MIT Press, 2003). This volume covers the dramatic advances made in the last decade, offering new topics, new authors, and new chapters.

The New Visual Neurosciences assembles groundbreaking research, written by international authorities. Many of the 112 chapters treat seminal topics not included in the earlier book. These new topics include retinal feature detection; cortical connectomics; new approaches to mid-level vision and spatiotemporal perception; the latest understanding of how multimodal integration contributes to visual perception; new theoretical work on the role of neural oscillations in information processing; and new molecular and genetic techniques for understanding visual system development. An entirely new section covers invertebrate vision, reflecting the importance of this research in understanding fundamental principles of visual processing. Another new section treats translational visual neuroscience, covering recent progress in novel treatment modalities for optic nerve disorders, macular degeneration, and retinal cell replacement. The New Visual Neurosciences is an indispensable reference for students, teachers, researchers, clinicians, and anyone interested in contemporary neuroscience.

Associate EditorsMarie Burns, Joy Geng, Mark Goldman, James Handa, Andrew Ishida, George R. Mangun, Kimberley McAllister, Bruno Olshausen, Gregg Recanzone, Mandyam Srinivasan, W.Martin Usrey, Michael Webster, David Whitney

SectionsRetinal Mechanisms and ProcessesOrganization of Visual PathwaysSubcortical ProcessingProcessing in Primary Visual CortexBrightness and ColorPattern, Surface, and ShapeObjects and ScenesTime, Motion, and DepthEye MovementsCortical Mechanisms of Attention, Cognition, and Multimodal IntegrationInvertebrate VisionTheoretical PerspectivesMolecular and Developmental ProcessesTranslational Visual Neuroscience


$275.00 X ISBN: 9780262019163 1696 pp. | 8.5 in x 10.875 in 575 b&w illus., 9 tables, 281 color plates


John S. Werner

John S. Werner is Distinguished Professor in the Departments of Ophthalmology and Vision Science and Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior at the University of California, Davis.

Leo M. Chalupa

Leo M. Chalupa is Vice President for Research and Professor of Pharmacology and Physiology at George Washington University.


  • Of all our senses, vision is the most human. For those interested in how vision has evolved, how it develops, and how it works under normal and pathological conditions, this comprehensive volume is a must.

    Pasko Rakic

    Duberg Professor of Neurobiology and Neurology, Yale University School of Medicine

  • This cornucopia of visual delights contains an extraordinarily rich and authoritative review of the current state of knowledge of the most remarkable and most thoroughly researched of our senses. Werner and Chalupa have gathered together contributions from leading experts in every field, from the molecular biology of phototransduction to the neural computations that underpin our perception of the visual world. This huge book should and will grace the shelves of every serious student of vision.

    Colin Blakemore

    Professor of Neuroscience and Philosophy and Director of the Centre for the Study of the Senses, School of Advanced Study, University of London, and Emeritus Professor of Neuroscience, University of Oxford

  • Werner and Chalupa have done it again. This work will stand as a monumental and fundamental reference source for the visual sciences. Look no further for a book on the neuroscience of vision and place this volume in the middle of your desk. If it is not in here, don't worry about it.

    Michael S. Gazzaniga