Mason Wells

Mason Wells

Research student

Research Overview

I began my PhD in October 2017 exploring the cause of macular sparing using novel psychophysical techniques and structural/functional brain imaging. My project also aims to investigate the optimal stimuli for mapping residual visual function.

Educational and Professional Qualifications

2017 – present: PhD in Visual Neuroscience, Cardiff University, Wales. School of Optometry and Vision Sciences/School of Psychology. Project Title: Mapping residual visual function in hemianopia.

2016 – 2017: MSc. Cognitive Neuroscience, University of York, England. Classification: Distinction.
2013 – 2016:   BSc. (Hons) Psychology, Bangor University, Wales. Classification: First Class Honours.

Conference/seminar presentations

2017: The University of York’s Work in Progress Seminar Series - “Restoring vision and the brain's ability to adapt.”

Innovation and Engagement

2017: Research Bites: The University of York – An opportunity for research to share their knowledge and experience with a varied audience of non-specialists and the general public
2017: Psych!York: Interactive Family Fun at Kings Manor – An event run by young researchers from the University of York’s Psychology Department. Suitable for all the family, with hand-outs for adults, brain colouring and crafts for younger children, and illusions and interactive exhibits.

Research interests

Research Topics and Related Projects

Loss of half of the visual field (hemianopia) is a common finding following stroke or brain injury affecting the primary visual cortex. Despite being apparently ‘blind’ in this hemifield, some patients apparently retain some vision close to fixation in the blind field. This is known as 'macular sparing'.

Funding Source

Funded by the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences and the School of Psychology

 Matthew Dunn

Dr Matt Dunn

Lecturer, Assessment & Feedback Lead

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