Miriam Spering


Associate Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, UBC


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Dr. Spering is a psychologist and neuroscientist investigating how the brain uses visual information to control movements in humans. Her lab at UBC is located in Koerner Pavilion at UBC Hospital and studies simple eye movements towards visual object of interest and complex sequences of eye, hand and body movements. Prior to joining UBC in 2011, Dr. Spering was a postdoctoral fellow at New York University, funded by the German Research Foundation. She obtained her PhD in psychology and neuroscience in 2006 from the University of Giessen, Germany, and her undergraduate degree in psychology from the Universities of Konstanz and Heidelberg, Germany in 2002. Her research has been recognized by many awards, such as an Early Career Scholar Award from the Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies (PWIAS) at UBC, and the J.A.F. Stevenson Award of the Canadian Physiological Society. Her lab is funded by NSERC Discovery and Accelerator grants, the CFI, and a Wall Solutions grant from the PWIAS.

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Research in Dr. Spering’s lab focuses on how the brain uses visual information to control eye movements. The lab uses experimental tools from classical visual psychophysics to state-of-the-art eye movement recordings in healthy observers and patients.



  • ophthalmology
  • psychology
  • neuroscience