Donald Hood

Donald Hood, Ph.D.

James F. Bender Professor, Psychology
Professor, Ophthalmology, Psychology

Schermerhorn Hall, 4th Floor
Tel +1 212-854-4587

Area of Research

Cognitive/Systems Neuroscience, Sensory Physiology


Research on normal and abnormal human vision, particularly the early (retinal) stages.


Some recent topics of interest include:

(1) Studies of in vivo anatomy of the normal and abnormal human retina using optical coherence tomography (OCT).

(2) Electrical activity of human photoreceptors: analysis of human visual receptor activity using the electroretinogram (ERG). This work includes the study of normal vision and the effects of retinal diseases.

(3) Sites and mechanisms of retinal diseases: new techniques, including OCT, multifocal ERG, and multifocal visual evoked potentials (VEP) are employed to assess the sites and mechanisms of diseases of the retina and visual pathways.


Hood, D. C. (2000) Assessing retinal function with the multifocal ERG technique. Progress in Retinal and Eye Research, 19, 607-646.

Hood DC, Ramachandran R, Holopigian K, Lazow M, Birch DG, Greenstein VG. (2011) Method for deriving visual field boundaries from OCT scans of patients with retinitis pigmentosa. Biomedical Optics Express, 2, 1106–1114.

Hood DC, Raza AS, de Moraes CGV, Liebmann JM, Ritch R. (in press) Glaucomatous damage of the macula. Progress in Retinal and Eye Research. Available online as of 17 September, 2012.