Monday, November 5, 2012
Brain "Sees" More than the Eyes?
"Vision may be less important to 'seeing' than is the brain's ability to process points of light into complex images, according to a new study of the fruit fly visual system currently published in the online journal Nature Communications," according to a report in Medical News Today. "University of Virginia researchers have found that the very simple eyes of fruit fly larvae, with only 24 total photoreceptors (the human eye contains more than 125 million), provide just enough light or visual input to allow the animal's relatively large brain to assemble that input into images." Read more.