About MiYoung Kwon
I am currently an assistant professor of the Department of Psychology at Northeastern University. I obtained my Ph.D. in cognitive/biological psychology and statistics at the University of Minnesota in 2010. After graduation, I joined the computational and functional vision lab at the University of Southern California as a postdoctoral research associate. I then completed another two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Schepens Eye Research Institute, Harvard Medical School. Prior to joining Northeastern University, I served on the faculty of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the UAB Medical School. My research focuses on visual perception in low vision, brain plasticity following visual impairments, and low vision rehabilitation. My work is primarily concerned with understanding how eye disorders and abnormal visual experience affect the way visual information is processed in the visual pathways. My research has been funded by the National Eye Institute (RO1), Research to Prevent Blindness, and the Eye Sight Foundation of Alabama.
Welcome to the Kwon Lab for Low Vision and Brain research! Our lab is based in the Department of Psychology at Northeastern University. The central theme of research in our lab is to understand how people with visual impairment see and recognize the world around them. To this end, we study how the visual system deals with four major aspects of visual deficits that often occur in impaired vision: blur, low contrast, visual field loss, and abnormal binocular interaction. We are particularly interested in how these deficits affect daily visual activities such as reading, object/face recognition or navigation, and whether there are any perceptual and cortical changes associated with these deficits. We are also interested in developing effective training/rehabilitative regimens to improve the visual function of low vision patients. Our research involves psychophysical, eye tracking, fMRI and computational investigations in normal and visually impaired humans (e.g., macular degeneration, glaucoma, amblyopia and other disorders of the retina and optic nerve).