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“If we’re stuck in a rut, it’s because we think we’re stuck in a rut. We can get better at everything.”


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Sue Barry is a neurobiologist who studies our eyes, our brains, and the connections in between.


For the first 48 years of her life on earth, Sue’s world was flat. Then she learned to see the world in magical 3D.

Learning to See in 3D

For years, Sue taught her students the conventional wisdom - that the human brain is highly adaptable in infancy, but loses the capacity to “rewire” in adulthood. Then something changed.

30 Second Science with Susan Barry

In the first “30 Second Science” video of our third season, we learn about Sue's work teaching the brain how to learn.

10 Questions with Sue Barry

We bombarded our favorite neurobiologist with some tough questions - from what it’s like to be married to an astronaut, to her favorite 3-D movie. Her answers did not disappoint.

Susan Barry’s Favorite Science Quote

Stereo Sue gets us thinking about the limits of our own imaginations with the help of the poet and etymologist John Ciardi.

Stand-up Science

This season we introduce “Stand-up Science,” a regular series in which our scientists tell a joke. And we lead off with the comic stylings of our premiere gal, neurobiologist Sue Barry.

A Haiku with Sue

Sue Barry graces us with a lyrical Haiku about the third dimension.

Blog Posts

Secret Life Snapshot #24
Ask Sue Your Questions
Questions from Kids


About Sue Barry

Susan Barry is Professor of Biological Sciences at Mt. Holyoke College. She specializes in vision and how we can change our brains to see better. Known as “Stereo Sue,” she herself only learned to see in 3D at the age of 48.

Original funding for "The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers" was provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.