Vision: A Platform for Linking Circuits, Behavior & Perception
June 16 - July 1, 2023

Key Dates
Application Deadline: March 1, 2023
Arrival: June 15th by 6pm EST
Departure: July 1st around 12pm EST

The course will be held at the Laboratory's Banbury Conference Center located on the north shore of Long Island.  CSHL Courses are intensive, running all day and often including evenings and weekends; students are expected to attend all sessions and reside on campus for the duration of the course.

Farran Briggs, University of Rochester Medical Center
Joseph Carroll, Medical College of Wisconsin Eye Institute
Kristina Nielsen, Johns Hopkins University

COVID-19: All participants planning to attend in-person will be required to attest to recent COVID vaccination (within one year of the course’s start date) with an FDA or WHO approved vaccine. Additional safety measures will be in line with current NY and Federal Guidelines applicable in Summer 2023.

See the Roll of Honor - who's taken the course in the past.

The purpose of this course is to bring together students and faculty for in-depth and high level discussions of modern approaches for probing how specific cell types and circuits give rise to defined categories of visual perception and behavior. It is also designed to address novel strategies aimed at overcoming diseases that compromise visual function.

The visual system is the most widely studied sensory modality. In recent years, emerging technological advances have encouraged exploration of visual function across a wider array of model systems using diverse experimental approaches. For example, the tractability of genetic manipulation and imaging in mice has led to an increase in the use of the mouse as a model system for exploring how specific cells and circuits underlie visual and multi-sensory processing and cognition. Additionally, advances in genetic and viral methods have enabled similar cell- and circuit-centric explorations of visual function in a variety of model systems including insectivors, carnivores, and primates. Finally, the field of visual neuroscience is at the forefront of technological and therapeutic advances in clinical/translational work to restore visual function in humans.

The time is ripe to build on the classic paradigms and discoveries of visual system structure, function and disease, in order to achieve a deep, mechanistic understanding of how neuronal populations encode sensory information, how different circuits can induce defined categories of percepts and behaviors, and how modulations of cells and circuits may restore visual function in the diseased brain.”

2023 Speakers

David Brainard, University of Pennsylvania
Holly Bridge, University of Oxford, Great Britain
Edward Callaway, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Chinfei Chen, Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Emily Cooper, University of California, Berkeley
Deniz Dalkara, Institut de la Vision / INSERM
Felice Dunn, UCSF
Greg Field, UCLA
David Fitzpatrick, Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience
Jonathan Horton, University of California, San Francisco
Sabine Kastner, Princeton
Richard Krauzlis, National Eye Institute; National Institutes of Health
David Leopold, National Institute of Mental Health
Carol Mason, Columbia University
Tirin Moore, Stanford University
J. Anthony Movshon, New York University
Jay Neitz, University of Washington Medical School
Anitha Pasupathy, University of Washington
Martina Poletti, University of Rochester Medical Center
Jenny Read, Newcastle University, United Kingdom
Anna Roe, Zhejiang University, China
Austin Roorda, University of California, Berkeley
Marc Sommer, Duke University
W. Marty Usrey, University of California, Davis
Melanie Wilke, Georg August University Göttingen, Germany

Course Schedule:

  • June 15: Students arrive (late afternoon)
  • June 16: Visual System Overview
  • June 17: Optics and visual psychophysics 
  • June 18: Retinal computations 
  • June 19: Circuits for feature computations
  • June 20: Development of visual computations 
  • June 21: Developmental vision disease
  • June 22: Restoring vision 
  • June 23: Day Off
  • June 24: Color vision 
  • June 25: Thalamocortical interactions for cognition 
  • June 26: Attention and goal-directed behavior
  • June 27: Eye movements
  • June 28: 3-D vision 
  • June 29: Extrastriate cortical computations
  • June 30: Modern methods to visualize complex visual activity
  • July 1: Departure

All participants stay within walking distance of the Center, close to tennis court, pool and private beach.

Support & Stipends:

Major support provided by the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health. 

Additional support provided by Helmsley Charitable Trust, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Fighting Blindness Foundation.


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Stipends are available to offset tuition costs as follows:

Please indicate your eligibility for funding in your stipend request submitted when you apply to the course. Stipend requests do not affect selection decisions made by the  instructors. 

Cost (including board and lodging): $4,465

Before applying, ensure you have:
  1. Personal statement/essay;
  2. Letter(s) of recommendation;
  3. Curriculum vitae/resume (optional);
  4. Financial aid request (optional).
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This button links to a short form which confirms your interest in the course. No fees are due until you have completed the full application process and are accepted into the course.