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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; First Trade Paper Edition edition (19 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465020739
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465020737
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.6 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the foreword by Oliver Sacks ""Fixing My Gaze" is a beautiful description and appreciation of two very distinct ways of seeing... But it is also an exploration of much more. Sue is at pains not only to present her story, in clear and lucid, often poetic, language, but also, as a scientist, to provide understanding and explanation. She is in a unique position to do this, drawing on both her personal experience and her background as a neurobiologist....Though Sue originally thought her own case unique, she has since found a number of other people with strabismus and related problems who have unexpectedly achieved stereo vision through vision therapy. This is no easy accomplishment. It may require not only optical corrections (proper lenses or prisms, for example), but very intensive training and learning--in effect, learning how to align the eyes and to fuse their images, and unlearning the unconscious habit of suppressing vision which has been occurring perhaps for decades. In this way, vision therapy is directed at the whole person: it requires high motivation and self-awareness, and enormous perseverance, practice and determination, as does psychotherapy, for instance, or learning to play the piano. But it is also highly rewarding, as Sue brings out. And this ability to acquire new perceptual abilities later in life has great implications for anyone interested in neuroscience or rehabilitation, and, of course, for the millions of people who, like Sue, have been strabismic since infancy.Sue's case, and many others, suggest that if there are even small islands of function in the visual cortex, there may be a fair chance of reactivating and expanding them in later life, even after a lapse of decades, if vision can be made optically possible. Cases like these may offer new hope for those once considered incorrigibly stereo-blind. "Fixing My Gaze" will offer inspiration for anyone in this situation, but it is equally a very remarkable exploration of t --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Susan R. Barry is a professor of neurobiology in the Department of Biological Sciences at Mount Holyoke College. She speaks regularly to scientists, eye doctors, and educators on the topic of neuronal plasticity. She lives in South Hadley, Massachusetts.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Justin A. Hardie on 23 July 2009
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I wish this book was available 15 years ago when I first realised that I was stereoblind and don't experience the world in the same way as other people. This book has answered so many mysteries for me - things no one ever bothered to explain to me, things I was too scared to ask and problems that I never thought were related to my vision - thank you Susan
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Saul Davies on 1 Jun. 2014
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I guess maybe I am just very, very lucky, but doing the brock string exercise for 10 minutes has made a massive difference to my eyesight. I am 38 years old and have basically only looked through 1 eye or the other alternately all my life. To be honest, most of the time it has not been a problem, but recently I started have serious issues because my eyes started swapping continuously (this used to only happen when tired) which would give me eye strain, headaches and even motion sickness! I went to the opticians and as usual nothing. In desperation I started googling, reading forums etc. and finally came across this book and the associated youtube videos. I decided to have a go with the brock string one night (just a piece of string, I didn't have the beads the first time) and the very next day I noticed the difference. I am definitely seeing in 3D, have far less eye strain, no headaches or motion sickness and my reading has massively improved. I am sure without all the articles and talks that susan barry has done over the years I would not have found what I was looking for on the internet. Why this has not been mentioned to me in over 30 years of going to opticians (including specialists in the hospital) in the UK is frankly unbelievable, surely it is always going to be worth a try?

The book itself is a good read, even if you haven't had similar issues, but if you have then it's a must read.
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By Nom-De-Plume on 23 Sept. 2012
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Having discovered, at the age of 47, that I am stereoblind I was keen to find out more about my condition. This is a facinating and informative book written in an easy going accessable style. There are copious notes and links to aid you in further reading around the subject and also the hope, should you choose to persue it, that it is not always too late to achieve stereo vision.
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