Institute of Neuroscience

Staff Profile

Carla Black

Research Assistant


I am currently coordinating and running trials for a research project, entitled "Haptic Vision: Braille for the 21st Century". As part of this project, we are exploring how the sense of touch can help people who are blind, or who have low vision, recognise digital images and textures. Our overall aim is to develop new touch-screen technology for smart phones and tablets, which will provide people with visual impairments a better interface to the digital multimedia world. I have been working closely with several social, sporting and support groups for blind and visually impaired people, from across the region, to meet project deliverables.

My previous neuroscience research role at Newcastle University was on the ASTEROID project, in a validation study of the ASTEROID game - a fun, new 3D vision test. As part of the ASTEROID team, I collaborated with schools and nurseries across the region to collect and analyse stereovision data from over 1,000 children; as well as delivering public outreach activities and engaging young children in science.

Before moving into research, I worked as an Optometrist and then in business, in financial services and project management.

As well as my long-term interest in vision sciences, I am fascinated by research relating to multisensory perception; and I have also become extremely interested in developmental neuroscience since becoming a mum.


BSc (Hons) in Optometry, Aston University (1999)

MCOptom (2001)