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Teresa Canas Bajo
teresa_canasbajo@berkeley.edu
350 Minor Hall
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I’M FROM: Granada, Spain
BEFORE VS: I earned my undergraduate degree in Psychology at the Univesity Autonoma of Madrid (Spain). Then, I studied a MSc in Psychological research at the University of Edinburgh where I specialized on visual perception and eye movements. For two years I worked under the supervision of Dr. Antje Nuthmann on the role of the regions of the visual field.
WHY I’M HERE: I feel passionate about understanding human behaviour and its complexity, specifically the way people perceive and select visual information from the world. The ability of people to select relevant information within the very rich perceptive contexts involved in everyday tasks is rather amazing. The Vision Science program promotes the study of such complex processes from a multidisciplinary approach that can lead to the creation of innovative technologies to improve people’s quality of life.
MY RESEARCH: Ideally, during my time at UC Berkeley, I would like to explore how our visual system interacts with the world in everyday life activities. For instance, I would like to investigate how eye movements adjust to visual impairments such as macular degeneration or low vision. In order to achieve this, I would like to explore efficient methodologies to study the limits of the visual system in real-world environments. This way my aim is to be able to provide empirical grounds for potential applications.
MY DREAMS: My ultimate goal is to work in an institution that allows me to both research in the laboratory and work directly with visually impaired patients on the development of clinical applications focused on improving their daily life.
MY HOBBIES: When I am not working, I try to spend my time doing some outdoors activity under the sun. After leaving two years in the rainy Scotland, I do not take the sunny days for granted anymore! So, either going to the beach or just having a nice time with my friends in a terrace are perfect plans for me. Also, I find that the best way for me to disconnect from the real world and peace my mind is to watch some good TV shows (House of Cards, Game of Thrones, Westworld and The Leftovers, among my favourites)