The Blind Spot Research Reflective

Researching into the blind spot within each of our eyesight’s enlightened me. I initially believed that the blind spot in the human eye was a physical black or genuine small part of our eye we couldn’t see from. Yet, through research, I have discovered that the blind spot is actually a disruption between the connection of our eye and the brain. I also found out that our brains fill in the blind spot with the message it does receive through the connections of the surrounding space. For example, when looking at two small dots on a white piece of paper, when one dot enters the blind spot in the eye and fails to be transmitted to the brain, the brain decides such space is the colour of the paper. I think that this is really interesting in relation to trust and transparency as our eye sight clearly is not as trust worthy as we thought, particularly in the cases of blind spots rather than impaired vision. Although, physically, our sight is transparent – we know and understand the science behind it – there is a lack of trust in that the picture we are being presented with could potentially be incorrect, and we have no way of knowing whether it is or not. On the other hand, we are required to possess some trust in our brains to fill in the blind spot correctly, however we also know that sometimes it does not – particularly if the blind spots of each eye overlap, or the person is only looking through one eye, for example, with the case of the two small dots experiment.

This research task has presented me with new and fascinating information that I intend to take forward into further research and development pieces. For example, I could formulate an art piece that depends on the blind spot to create part of the picture, or at least experiment with this idea.

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