Academic Year 2016-2017

Dr. Marina Bedny

How does a difference in sensory input change a person's development?

Dr. Marina Bedny conducts fascinating research into how blindness affects brain organization, language, and the construction of abstract concepts. For example, what do blind adults know about vision-related terms like “sparkling” and “flashing?” How do blind children acquire such concepts? Dr. Bedny's work uses brain imaging to ask these questions, revealing astounding insights about the nature of human perception and sensation.

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Dr. Marina Bedny, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Bedny is also the director of her own research lab, which focuses on studying how developmental experiences shape the human brain. Her research uses functional neuroimaging to compare the minds and brains of people with different developmental experiences. One line of research focuses on investigating cortical neuroplasticity in the brains of congenitally blind and late-blind individuals, with the goal of understanding how their visual cortex reorganizes in light of different perceptual inputs. Dr. Bedny’s work has resulted in dozens of peer-reviewed articles, and has been covered in major news outlets such as The Guardian, The Baltimore Sun, and Discover Magazine. 


Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology, University of Pennsylvania
M.A. in Experimental Psychology, University of Pennsylvania
B.A. in Cognitive Science, Johns Hopkins University


Where: Merrill Learning Center (Library) B111
When: November 10, 2016
Time: 4:00-5:30 p.m.