Neuroscience Animations

John H. Krantz, Hanover College,

Using the Media






Skin Senses

Statistical Concepts

Hanover College
Psychology Department

Basic Focusing

Brief description and instructions (DRAFT):

This applet illustrate the basics of focusing with both a lens and with a pupil. 

The applet is organized as follows, in each case, the controls for the item are below the item on the screen:

  • On the left are two possible light sources that can be turned on, a red one and a green one.  They are both points. 
  • Going to the right, the next region of the screen you can add and remove and control a pupil. 
  • Next you can add or remove a lens.
  • Finally there is a white sheet of paper on the right hand side of the screen.

For the lights, you can turn them on and move them.  There are sliders to move each light separately or both together.  You can control the width of the pupil and the thickness of the lens when they are on the screen.  You can also change the position of the white sheet of paper.

Since the light sources are dots, they are in focus when they are also dots on the white sheet of paper.  Notice how the lens and the pupil are differently able to focus objects at different distances.

Click here to open the applet.  It will open a new window that will fill your screen.