Brain & Cognition LAB

Brain & Consciousness Research Center, Shuang-Ho Hospital

Graduate Institute of Humanities in Medicine, Taipei Medical University
 
 

 

 

 

Research & Publications

 

My research mainly focuses on visual perception, action, and their effects on memory. Perception and action is like a two-way street: seeing something enables us to act precisely with it, while these performed actions constantly change the visual environment around us.

My former advisor Bruce Bridgeman and I investigated how actions, such as pointing (finger) and grabbing (entire hand), can alter the way we perceive the visual scene by creating a stronger attentional engagement (a phenomenon originally discovered by Catherine Reed, 2006, and Richard Abrams, 2008). Intending to perform an action also works similarly (Tseng et al., 2010 Perception). Interestingly, this attentional engagement helps people encode more information from a scene, but disappears when one's hand(s) can no longer touch the display (Tseng & Bridgeman, 2011 Exp Brain Res). My good friend (and incredible colleague) Chris Davoli and I together have organized a Research Topic for this hand effect in Frontiers in Psychology, which includes 12 articles from 34 researchers who represent 23 institutions worldwide. For more information, or a free download of the e-book, please take a look at the Frontiers webpage: Taking a hands-on approach: Current perspectives on the effect of hand position on vision.

My work with Dr. Chi-Hung Juan focuses on the use of neuroimaging and stimulation techniques to study visual awareness, visual attention, and visual memory. Specifically, I use transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) to modulate neural activities in the parietal cortex to investigate its role in visual working memory. We also combine these neuro-modulation techniques with imaging tools such as fMRI, ERP, and EEG time frequency analysis to uncover the processes behind the behavioral effects of neurostimulation. Recently, we found that anodal tDCS can artificially improve people's performance (at least temporarily) on a visual short-term memory task, but only if these people's natural performance fell below average.

Currently at Taipei Medical University and Shuang-Ho Hospital I am continuing these lines of research, as well as exploring some other topics that I have long been interested in. These new topics include driving-safety, usability design, lie detection, moral (and religious) judgment, and the cognitive neuroscience behind these phenomena.

 

Here are all of the papers we have published, organized by topics. To see them in chronological order, please click here.

(Please note that these PDF files are provided for research purposes only, and should not be distributed or sold to others. The publisher holds the copyright to these PDF files)

 

1. Perception & Action (mostly their effects on visual memory, with some other stuff)

  • Tseng, P., Lane, T.J.*, Bridgeman, B. (2017) Attention and memory-driven effects in action studies (Commentary on Firestone and Scholl). Behavioral Brain Sciences, 39, e259, 48-49. [PDF]

  • Davoli, C., Tseng, P. (2015) Taking a hands-on approach: Current perspectives on the effect of hand position on vision. Frontiers in Psychology, Perception Science, 6:1231. [PDF]

  • Tseng, P., Yu, J., Tzeng, O.J.L., Hung, D.L., Juan, C.H. (2014) Hand proximity facilitates spatial discrimination of auditory tones. Frontiers in Psychology, Perception Science, 5:527. [PDF]

  • Tseng, P., Bridgeman, B., Juan, C.H. (2012) Take the matter into your own hands: A brief review of the effect of nearby-hands on visual processing. Vision Research, 72, 74-77. [PDF]

  • Tseng, P., Bridgeman, B. (2011) Improved change detection with nearby hands. Experimental Brain Research, 209, 257-269. [PDF]

  • Bridgeman, B., Tseng, P. (2011) Embodied cognitive and the perception-action link. Physics of Life Reviews, 8, 73-85. [PDF]

  • Tseng, P., Tuennermann, J., Roker-Knight, N., Winter, D., Scharlau, I., Bridgeman, B. (2010) Enhancing implicit change detection through action. Perception, 39, 1311-1321. [PDF]

  • Amazeen, E.L., Tseng, P., Valdez, A.B., Vera, D. (2011) Perceived heaviness is influenced by the style of lifting. Ecological Psychology, 23, 1-18. [PDF]

 

2. Visual Memory & tDCS

  • Juan, C.H., Tseng, P., Hsu, T.Y. (2017) Elucidating and modulating the neural correlates of visuospatial working memory via noninvasive brain stimulation. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 26(2), 165-173. [PDF]
  • Hsu, T.Y., Juan, C.H., Tseng, P. (2017) Individual differences and state-dependent responses in transcranial direct current stimulation. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 10, 643. [PDF]
  • Tseng, P., Chang, Y.T., Liang, W.K., Chang, C.F., Juan, C.H. (2016) The critical role of phase difference in gamma oscillation within the temporoparietal network for binding visual working memory. Scientific Reports, 6, 32138. [PDF]
  • Wu, Y-J, Tseng, P., Huang, H-W, Hu, J-F, Juan, C.H., Hsu, K-S, Lin, C-C (2016) The facilitative effect of transcranial direct current stimulation on visuospatial working memory in patients with diabetic polyneuropathy: A pre-post sham-controlled study. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 10:479. [PDF]
  • Yang, C-T, Tseng, P, & Wu, Y-J (2015). The effect of decision load on whole-display superiority in change detection. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 77(3), 749-758. [PDF]
  • Wu, Y-J, Tseng, P., Chang, C.F., Juan, C.H., Pai, M-C, Lin, C-C (2014) Modulating the interference effect on spatial working memory by applying transcranial direct current stimulation over the right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. Brain & Cognition, 91, 87-94. [PDF]

  • Hsu, T.Y., Tseng, P., Liang, W.K., Cheng, S.K., Juan, C.H. (2014) Transcranial direct current stimulation over right posterior parietal cortex change prestimulus alpha oscillation in visual short-term memory task. NeuroImage, 98, 306-313. [PDF]

  • Tseng, P., Hsu, T.Y., Chang, C.F., Tzeng, O.J.L., Hung, D.L., Muggleton, N.G., Walsh, V., Liang, W.K., Cheng, S.K., Juan, C.H. (2012) Unleashing potential: tDCS over the right posterior parietal cortex improves change detection in low-performing individuals. Journal of Neuroscience, 32, 10554-10561. [PDF]

  • Yang, C.T., Tseng, P., Huang, K.Y., Yeh, Y.Y. (2012) Prepared or not prepared: Top-down modulation on memory of features and feature bindings. Acta Psychologica, 141, 327-335. [PDF]

  • Tseng, P., Hsu, T.Y., Muggleton, N.G., Tzeng, O.J.L., Hung, D.L., Juan, C.H. (2010) Posterior parietal cortex mediates encoding processes in change blindness. Neuropsychologia, 48, 1063-1070. [PDF]
  • Sampanes, A.C., Tseng, P., Bridgeman, B. (2008) The role of gist in scene recognition. Vision Research, 48, 2275-2283. [PDF]

 

3. Perception, Synaesthesia, Conscious Awareness, & Implicit Processing

  • Lane, T.J., Yeh, S-L, Tseng, P., Chang, A.Y. (2017) Timing disownership experiences in the rubber hand illusion. Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications, 2(1), 1-14. [PDF]
  • Tseng, P., Juan, C.H. (2013) Virtual reality in the neuroscience of multisensory integration and consciousness of bodily self. Journal of Neuroscience and Neuroengineering, 2(4), 387-392. [PDF]
  • Liu, C.H., Tzeng, O.J.L., Hung, D.L., Tseng, P., Juan, C.H. (2012) Investigation of bistable perception with the "silhouette spinner": Sit still, spin the dancer with your will. Vision Research, 60, 34-39. [PDF]
  • Tseng, P., Hsu, T.Y., Tzeng, O.J.L., Hung, D.L., Juan, C.H. (2011) Probabilities in implicit learning. Perception, 40, 822-829. [PDF]
  • Lathrop, B., Bridgeman, B., Tseng, P. (2011) Perception in the absence of attention: evidence of perceptual processing in the roelofs effect during conditions of inattentional blindness. Perception, 40, 1104-1119. [PDF]
  • Bridgeman, B., Winter, D., Tseng, P. (2010) Phenomenology of grapheme-color synesthesia. Perception, 39, 671-676. [PDF]
  • Hsu, T.Y., Cheng, S.K., Hung, D.L., Tzeng, O.J.L., Juan, C.H., Tseng, P. (2010) The perseverance of numerical distance effect in attentional blink. Perception,39, 1526-1540. [PDF]

 

4. Attentional Orienting & Eye Movements

  • Tseng, L-Y, Tseng, P., Yu, J., Liang, W.K., Hung, D.L., Tzeng, O.J.L., Muggleton, N.G., Juan, C.H. (2014) The role of the superior temporal sulcus in the control of irrelevant emotional face processing: A transcranial direct current stimulation study. Neuropsychologia, 64, 124-133. [PDF]

  • Tseng, P., Chang, C.F., Chiau, H.Y., Liang, W.K., Liu, C.L., Hsu, T.Y., Hung, D.L., Tzeng, O.J.L., Juan, C.H. (2013) The dorsal attentional system in oculomotor learning of predictive information. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7:404. [PDF]

  • Chang, C.F., Hsu, T.Y., Tseng, P., Liang, W.K., Tzeng, O.J.L., Hung, D.L., Juan, C.H. (2013) Right temporo-parietal junction and attentional reorienting. Human Brain Mapping, 34, 869-877. [PDF]
  • Tseng, P., Chiau, H.Y., Liu, C.L., Hsu, T.Y., Chang, C.F., Chao, C.M., Liang, W.K., Juan, C.H. (2012) Neural mechanisms of implicit visual probability learning. Chinese Journal of Psychology, 54, 115-131. [PDF]
  • Liu, C.L., Tseng, P., Chiau, H.Y., Liang, W.K., Hung, D.L., Tzeng, O.J.L., Muggleton, N.G., Juan, C.H. (2011) The location probability effects of saccade reaction times are modulated in the frontal eye fields but not in the supplementary eye field. Cerebral Cortex, 21, 1416-1425. [PDF]
  • Chao, C.M., Tseng, P., Hsu, T.Y., Su, J.H., Tzeng, O.J.L., Hung, D.L., Muggleton, N.G., Juan, C.H. (2011) Predictability of saccadic behaviors is modified by transcranial magnetic stimulation over human posterior parietal cortex. Human Brain Mapping, 32, 1961-1972. [PDF]
  • Chiau, H.Y., Tseng, P., Su, J.H., Tzeng, O.J.L., Hung, D.L., Muggleton, N.G., Juan, C.H. (2011) The antisaccade cost is modulated by contextual experience of location probability. Journal of Neurophysiology, 106, 515-526. [PDF]
  • Liu, C.L., Chiau, H.Y., Tseng, P., Hung, D.L., Tzeng, O.J.L., Muggleton, N.G., Juan, C.H. (2010) The antisaccade cost is modulated by contextual experience of location probability. Journal of Neurophysiology, 103, 1438-1447. [PDF]

 

5. Cognitive & Inhibitory Control

  • Huang, S-L, Tseng, P, & Liang, WK (2015). Dynamical change of signal complexity in the brain during inhibitory control processes. Entropy, 17, 6834-6853. [PDF]
  • Yu, J, Tseng, P, Hung, DL, Wu, S-W, & Juan, CH (2015). Brain stimulation improves cognitive control by modulating medial-frontal activity and preSMA-vmPFC functional connectivity. Human Brain Mapping, 36(10), 4004-4015. [PDF]
  • Yu, J, Tseng, P, Muggleton, NG, & Juan, CH* (2015). Being watched by others eliminates the effect of emotional arousal on inhibitory control. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 4. [PDF]
  • Liang, WK, Lo, M-T, Yang, AC, Peng, C-K, Tseng, P, Juan, CH (2014). Revealing the brain’s adaptability and the transcranial direct current stimulation facilitating effect in inhibitory control by multiscale entropy. NeuroImage, 90, 218-234. [PDF]
  • Yu, J, Hung, DL, Tseng, P, Tzeng, OJL., Muggleton, NG, Juan, CH (2012) Sex differences in how erotic and painful stimuli impair inhibitory control. Cognition, 124, 251-255. [PDF]

 

6. Physical Exercise and Its Effect on Cognition

  • Moreau, D, Wang, C-H, Tseng, P, Juan, CH (2015). Blending transcranial direct current stimulations and physical exercise to maximize cognitive improvement. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 678. [PDF]
  • Wang, C-H, Liang, WK, Tseng, P, Muggleton, N, Juan, CH, & Tsai, CL (2015). The relation of aerobic fitness to neural oscillations during visuo-spatial attention in young adults. Experimental Brain Research, 233(4), 1069-1078. [PDF]
  • Wang, C.H., Tsai, C-L, Tseng, P., Yang, A.C., Lo, M-T, Peng, C-K, Wang, H-Y, Muggleton, N.G., Juan, C.H., Liang, W.K. (2014) The association of physical activity to neural adaptability during visuo-spatial processing in healthy elderly adults: A multiscale entropy analysis. Brain & Cognition, 92, 73-83. [PDF]
  • Wang, C.H., Chang, C.C., Liang, Y.M., Chiu, W.S., Tseng, P., Hung, D.L., Tzeng, O.J.L., Muggleton, N.G., Juan, C.H. (2013) Open vs. closed sports and the modulation of inhibitory control. PLoS ONE, 8(2):e55773. [PDF]

 

7. Human Factors and User Experience (Usability)

  • Tseng, P, Lathrop, B, Sison, JA, Juarez, C. (under review) Navigation Methods and Devices Using User-Specific Landmark Types.
    • United States Patent and Trademark Office: 61/579,829 [PDF]
    • European Patent Office: 12008443.9 - 1557 [PDF]