The Neuroscience of Basic Visual Processes Study Section (NBVP) reviews applications seeking to study the neurobiological and developmental mechanisms underlying vision and visual perception in both humans and animal models. Any animal model visual system is potentially appropriate. Attention and executive functions (other than learning and memory), as well as multi-sensory integration in relation to the information processing in the brain, primarily in animal models may also be reviewed in NBVP. A broad range of approaches is appropriate including electrophysiology, anatomy, behavior, pharmacology, cell or area-specific control of neural activity, EEG, fMRI, psychophysics, invasive recordings and brain stimulation in humans, and theoretical and computational modeling.

Review Dates

Membership Panel

The membership panel is a list of chartered members only.


  • Perception, including visual processing of brightness, color, form, motion, and depth.
  • Visual information processing in the neuronal circuits from the retina to and including all visual areas of the brain.
  • Visual guidance of eye movements and the impact of eye movements on perception.
  • Fundamental science that uses retinal and cortical prosthetics to understand visual function.
  • The normal and abnormal development of visual neural circuits. The sensory and perceptual consequences of strabismus and amblyopia.
  • Pattern and object recognition in all sensory domains, multi-sensory integration, cross-modal plasticity, and perceptual decision-making.
  • Attention, including both its control and its influences on sensory representation, computation, and information flow within the brain.
  • Executive functions (other than learning and memory), primarily in preclinical models
  • Cognitive aging and cognitive flexibility
  • Emotional and motivational processes that influence cognitive function.
  • Testable theoretical and computational modeling of neural systems with clear ties to the underlying neurobiology.
  • Studies of the structure, connectivity, hemispheric specialization, and function of cortical and subcortical regions subserving cognition and perception.

Shared Interests and Overlaps

Applications that focus on the relationship of perception to cognitive functions in humans may be reviewed by Human Complex Mental Function (HCMF).

Applications that primarily focus on sensorimotor integration or motor control, including motor control of eye movements, may be reviewed by Sensory-Motor Neuroscience (SMN).

Applications that primarily focus on mechanisms of learning, memory, or decision making may be reviewed by Learning, Memory and Decision Neuroscience (LMDN).

Applications related to cognition and executive functions in animal models when the focus is on a particular sensory input other than vision may be reviewed in the different ICN Review Branch study section, such as Auditory System (AUD), LMDN or SMN.

Studies with a focus on development of imaging technologies may be reviewed by NV-P 81 Special emphasis Panel (Vision Imaging, Bioengineering, and Low Vision Technology Development). Applications that focus on engineering and development of prosthetics may be reviewed by Bioengineering of Neuroscience, Vision and Low Vision Technologies (BNVT).

Studies focused on ion channels and transporters, glial physiology, cell biology, or molecular neurogenetic approaches may be reviewed by Neuronal Communications (NC), Molecular and Cellular Neuropharmacology (MCNP), Cellular and Molecular Biology of Glia (CMBG),  Cellular Mechanisms in Aging and Development (CMAD)Neurodifferentiation, Plasticity, Regeneration and Rhythmicity (NDPR),or Neurogenesis and Cell Fate (NCF).

Applications focused on visual information processing and cognition are reviewed in NBVP, while those centered on basic mechanisms of signaling in visual system may be reviewed in Biology and Development of the Eye (BDE).


Last updated: 06/12/2024 14:46