Goodale to address renowned conference

Melvyn Goodale, director of the Centre for Brain and Mind at The University of Western Ontario, will address the 65th annual meeting of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM). One of eight speakers, Goodale will deliver the Mac Keith Press Basic Science Lectureship on Friday, Oct. 14 in Las Vegas.

AACPDM, a global leader in the multidisciplinary scientific education of health professionals and researchers, is holding the conference, Accepting the Challenge, with the objective of enabling professionals to better serve patients and their families, as well as the academy as a whole. Goodale’s lecture, The Functional Organization of the Central Visual Pathways: Vision for Perception vs. Vision for Action, closes the three-day conference.

Based largely on research done for his 2004 book with David Milner, Sight Unseen: An Exploration of Conscious and Unconscious Vision, the discussion will present arguments that the brain mechanisms underlying our conscious visual experience of the world are separate from those involved in the visual control of skilled actions.

Goodale holds the Canada Research Chair in Visual Neuroscience at Western.