Fixing My Gaze

July 8, 2009 at 10:33 am Leave a comment

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Author Susan Barry was a guest on CBC Radio‘s national program “The Sunday Edition” this past weekend, and here is the intro from guest host Vicki Gabereau:

If you ask Professor Susan Barry if the earth is flat, she will no doubt tell you that it is not. But if you’d asked her that same question ten years ago, she might have given you a different answer – because to her, it really was.

For the first forty-odd years of her life, Professor Barry could not see in three dimensions. She was, to use a technical term, stereoblind. But she had adjusted so well to her condition that she didn’t even realize that she had the problem until she was twenty years old. And even then – as neurobiology student – she didn’t imagine she’d be able to change the way she saw the world. It was thought at the time that even a twenty-year old brain was too old to be rewired and reprogrammed.

But Susan Barry defied both the experts and her own expectations. In an extraordinary new book called “Fixing My Gaze,” Professor Barry charts her long and arduous journey into three dimensional vision. And as a professor of neurobiology, she adds another perspective to her personal story. Susan Barry now teaches at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, but this morning she’s in a studio in Wood’s Hole.

To listen to the interview, visit The Sunday Edition.

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