Brain & Cognition LAB
Brain & Consciousness Research Center, Shuang-Ho Hospital Graduate Institute of Humanities in Medicine, Taipei Medical University
Welcome to the Brain & Cognition Laboratory.
Our research is mostly about the neural mechanisms of visual attention, working memory, perception and action, and near-body (peripersonal) space. Recently, our interest and aims in research have expanded to include the cognitive neuroscience of deceptive behavior (e.g., lying) and moral reasoning/judgment.
Here at Brain and Cognition Lab we use a variety of tools (or at least we try...) to investigate these issues, including TMS, tDCS/tACS, EEG and fMRI.
Here is a list of current ongoing research projects in the Brain & Cognition lab:
1. Can visual memory be improved, whether intrinsically (via action-induced neural activies) or externally (via brain stimulation)?
01/10/2018: Our newest paper on theta tACS (over bilateral parietal cortices) and visuospatial working memory is now out in Scientific Reports!
11/01/2017: Our newest paper on tDCS in cognitively impaired rats is now out in Brain Stimulation. This is a collaborative effort with Dr. Yi-Jen Wu from National Cheng-Kung University Hospital, sheding new light on the effect of tDCS at the neuronal level. Big congrats to Dr. Wu for this work.
10/02/2017: Phil is very grateful to be named the 2017 Ten Outstanding Young Persons in Taiwan! It is a great honor to represent the area of Science and Technology, you can read more about Phil's story here (in Chinese).
04/06/2017: Dr. Chaz Firestone from Johns Hopkins University will be coming to town! Chaz will be giving 2 talks at TMU on 4/26 and 4/27 along with other mini-workshops, we're very excited about this visit. Details of the talks can be found here: talk 1, talk 2.
Also, Phil's new review article (with Dr. Tzu-Yu Hsu and Dr. Chi-Hung Juan) on the usage of noninvasive brain stimulation in investigating visual working memory is now published in Current Directions in Psychological Science! We spent a lot of time on making this one public-friendly and easy to read, please do check it out!
01/15/2017: Phil's new commentary with Dr. Timothy Lane and Dr. Bruce Bridgeman is now on Behavioral Brain Sciences (commentary on Firestone & Scholl's target article). This commentary is especially meaningful and should be dedicated to the fond memory (and wonderful mentorship) of Bruce Bridgeman.
01/07/2017: Phil's new study with Dr. Timothy Lane and Dr. Su-Ling Yeh on onset/offset timing of the rubber hand illusion is now published in Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications! Special thanks to Dr. Jeremy Wolfe for a constructive and very insightful editorial/review experience.
12/10/2016: Phil's new study with Dr. Tzu-Yu Hsu (and Dr. Chi-Hung Juan) has been accepted by Frontiers in Human Neuroscience! The title is "Individual differences and state-dependent responses in transcranial direct current stimulation".
11/15/2016: Phil is grateful to have received the 2016 Wu Ta-You Memorial Award (科技部吳大猷先生紀念獎) in the field of Psychology. This was awarded by Taiwan's Ministry of Science and Technology, which selects one young investigator every year to acknowledge research excellence as a tribute to Wu Ta-You's academic contributions. Our sincerest gratitude to the MOST committee members for this recognition!
10/10/2016: Phil's new review paper (with Dr. Chi-Hung Juan and Dr. Tzu-Yu Hsu), titled "Elucidating and modulating the neural correlates of visuospatial working memory via noninvasive brain stimulation", was just accepted for publication by Current Directions in Psychological Science.
09/23/2016: We welcome two undergraduate research assistants, Yuan-Chun (柯沅均) and Eva (王韻淇), to join the team! Yuan-Chun and Eva will be conducting an experiment that investigates the relationship between working memory capacity and navigational ability.
09/09/2016: Phil's new tDCS paper (collaboration with Dr. Yi-Jen Wu), titled "The Facilitative Effect of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation on Visuospatial Working Memory in Patients with Diabetic Polyneuropathy: A Pre–post Sham-Controlled Study", is now published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.
09/01/2016: Chih-Chung is now a PhD student at the University of Amsterdam working on value-based decision-making and neuroeconomics. Congrats Chih-Chung (and we already miss you)!
08/05/2016: Phil and Yu-ting's new tACS paper, titled "The critical role of phase difference in gamma oscillation within the temporoparietal network for binding visual working memory", is now published in Scientific Reports!