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3.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 5 3.67 (15 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan R. Barry Narrator: Barbara Longo Publisher: The Garamond Agency, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2012 ISBN:
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When neuroscientist Susan Barry was 50 years old, she took an unforgettable trip to Manhattan. As she emerged from the dim light of the subway into the sunshine, she saw a view of the city that she had witnessed many times in the past but now saw in an astonishingly new way. Skyscrapers on street corners appeared to loom out toward her like the bows of giant ships. Tree branches projected upward and outward, enclosing and commanding palpable volumes of space. Leaves created intricate mosaics in 3D. With each glance, she experienced the deliriously novel sense of immersion in a three dimensional world.

Barry had been cross-eyed and stereoblind since early infancy. After half a century of perceiving her surroundings as flat and compressed, on that day she was seeing Manhattan in stereo depth for first time in her life. As a neuroscientist, she understood just how extraordinary this transformation was, not only for herself but for the scientific understanding of the human brain. Scientists have long believed that the brain is malleable only during a critical period in early childhood. According to this theory, Barry's brain had organized itself when she was a baby to avoid double vision - and there was no way to rewire it as an adult. But Barry found an optometrist who prescribed a little-known program of vision therapy; after intensive training, Barry was ultimately able to accomplish what other scientists and even she herself had once considered impossible.

A revelatory account of the brain's capacity for change, Fixing My Gaze describes Barry's remarkable journey and celebrates the joyous pleasure of our senses.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 American | 2/15/2014

    " I loved this book! My daughter went through vision therapy at age 3.5 for convergence insufficiency, problems with her vestibular-ocular reflex and midline issues. While this book focuses on a different vision problem, the explanation of the visual system and the techniques used in vision therapy were both fascinating and educational. While vision therapy was life-changing for my daughter, I didn't really understand the mechanics of her issues or of the therapy that resolved them. I do now. Two thumbs up! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrick | 2/7/2014

    " First-person account of discovering the 3-d world late in life. Somewhat elementary but very interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 2/5/2014

    " I read a book once about the codes on blankets used in the underground railroad. That book was really interesting but very redundant. This book was the same way. So fascinating, but the author repeats and restates for 50 extra pages such that I skimmed most of the last half of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shauna Elias | 2/4/2014

    " I read this book at the recommendation of a doctor so that I could understand what my 9 year old sees and what he will be going through when he starts vision therapy next week. I recommend that teachers read this book so that when they have a student with vision issues they might have some understanding. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annie | 1/23/2014

    " What a fascinating book! I had trouble putting it down. Susan Barry describes her journey from being a cross-eyed strabismic to a person with normal stereoscopic vision. Now I understand why a friend from long ago who is strabismic was such a terrible driver when I rode with her. Now I, who have always had stereoscopic vision, look at the world with a new appreciation of the beauty around me. I think everyone should read this book, from strabismics to optometrists, from people who know strabismics to pediatricians, and anyone interested in neurophysiology. Great book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 1/19/2014

    " This book makes me long to have my own gaze fixed. But as Susan Barry explains, most doctors don't know about, or don't believe, the very encouraging reports of visual therapists. I find Barry very credible as a rigorous scientist who gained three-dimensional sight in middle age. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/7/2014

    " How often do you think about what you see in 3D? Interesting, but a bit meandering. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 12/15/2013

    " The subject of this book is interesting: how much it's the brain that makes sense of what our eyes see and things that go wrong along the way. Unfortunately, it's not terribly well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 12/6/2013

    " This is what I'm working on! Can only hope for stereo vision myself, but great to read the details of vision therapy and hope more insurance covers it in the future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 11/19/2013

    " Lots of scientific information, but still easy to read and understand. As someone without stereovision, I found this book very interesting. I now wonder if vision therapy could enable me to someday see in three dimensions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 E | 10/1/2013

    " Really interesting. Especially for a Strabismic like myself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 2/28/2013

    " Having has strabismus as a child, this book was really relevant to me. Not sure if it would be to others, though, unless you're really into vision and neurology. Or Oliver Sacks-type books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 10/25/2012

    " Found it most interesting though I have to say some of the neuroscience talk was beyond me but I got the gist of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bernadette | 10/11/2012

    " Helped me to be able to start to grasp my son's strabismus condition. Very insightful and are using it as a guide to ask questions to our doctors. There is not much out there that ties the research all together like this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dannie | 9/19/2012

    " It was a little scattered, but very interesting subject matter. "

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