Thursday, July 7, 2016


It an interesting first day of the internship.

The first thing we did was go to the red barn. We played some games there and, overall, we learned that the key to success was communication.

Then we went to lunch (which was free - yay).

After lunch, we interns got split up to different groups. I was grouped with two others: Maria and Nate. The adviser's name was Jeff. The first day in our group was boot camp, which was basically us learning about a lot of things that deals with the eye. The first thing we did in boot camp was look at optical illusions - which are really neural illusions. Then, we talked about the different parts of the eye (the cornea, fovea, retina, cones, rods, muscles rotating the eye, et cetera). During this talk of eye anatomy, we also talked about optics - which was a small portion of my physics course, so I had some background knowledge. After talking about the anatomy of the eye, we talked about different types of eye movements (for example, a saccade is kind of like a bullet). Finally, we ended with the discussion of the history of studying eyes. Luckily, we aren't in a time period where we need to put cocaine in our eyes just to study it - we've gotten more digital now.

By the end of the day, I was exhausted  (actually, I was exhausted after lunch). Nevertheless, it was a fun day.

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