Christopher W. Tyler
Neuroscientist, Art Analyst
Christopher Tyler has spent his research career exploring how the eyes and brain work together to produce meaningful vision. Dr. Tyler, director of The Smith Kettlewell Brain Imaging Center, has developed rapid tests for the diagnosis of diseases of this visual processing in infants and of retinal and optic nerve diseases in adults. He has also studied visual processing and photoreceptor dynamics in other species such as monkeys, butterflies and fish.
One of Dr. Tyler’s main interests has been how the brain organizes the 2D information provided by the two eyes into a full understanding of the three-dimensional world in which we move and operate. In the process, he developed the concept for the ‘Magic Eye’ images for showing 3D scenes in a single image without special glasses, which became very popular in the 1990s.