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  • 10 May 2017

    Dr Fabian Conrad has been appointed to the Visiting Academic team at the School of Optometry and Vision Science at UNSW Sydney as a Conjoint Associate Lecturer.

  • 24 March 2017

    Dr Sieu Khuu has been appointed as the new Deputy Head of School for the School of Optometry and Vision Science. Sieu is a Senior Lecturer and teaches Vision Science in both the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at the School.

  • 21 March 2017

    Dr Lisa Asper has been appointed as the new Director of Teaching at the School of Optometry and Vision Science, UNSW Sydney.  Currently a Senior Lecturer at the School Dr Asper teaches Optometry to students in Stages 3 and 4.

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Research Spotlight

Have you ever wondered why statues made from wax or quartz look different to ones made from stone? It could have something to do with the perception of shape and opacity.

Scientists based in the School of Optometry and Vision Science at UNSW recently conducted a research study looking at how our brain perceives the 3D shape of opaque and translucent objects. They found that the perception of bumps on the surface of the same 3D object look less deep and less steep than identical bumps on an opaque object.

The work was innovative, because the researchers were not limited to using graphical simulations; they chiselled out crevices in an actual candle, and then photographed it. They then painted it using an opaque acrylic paint and rephotographed for comparison. Not only did it look more opaque, the surface also looked bumpier.