Brain & Cognition LAB
Brain & Consciousness Research Center, Shuang-Ho Hospital Graduate Institute of Humanities in Medicine, Taipei Medical University
Principle Investigator: Philip Tseng (曾祥非), Ph.D.
My name is Phil and I am currently an Associate Professor at the Graduate Institute of Mind, Brain, and Consciousness of Taipei Medical University, as well as the Brain & Consciousness Research Center housed at Shuang-Ho Hospital.
Before this, I did my undergrad at UC San Diego and my PhD in Cognitive Psychology at UC Santa Cruz. I then worked at the Volkswagen Electronics Research Lab in Silicon Valley on the topic of Human Machine Interface, where I investigated driver distraction using a driving simulator. Here is a picture of me driving the simulator, taken by the San Francisco Chronicles. I then did my post-doc at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at National Central University (Taiwan) with Dr. Chi-Hung Juan.
When I am not thinking about research, I am a guitar fanatic with an addiction for electric guitar effect pedals (boutique or exotic a plus) and small-wattage recording tube amps (also, boutique or exotic a plus).
Graduate Research Assistant: Yuhui Lo (羅于惠), M.Sc.
Yuhui is interested in the neural mechanisms behind attention and memory. Her specialties are EEG/ERP experimental design and data analysis, as well as behavioral and psychophysical analysis. She is now working on memory-based bio- and electrophysiological markers of deceptive behaviors, coupled with guilty knowledge test (a.k.a. concealed information test).
Yuhui received her Masters degree from the Insitute of Cognitive Neuroscience at National Central University (Taiwan). Her research interest then was in the area of developmental cognitive neuroscience and have published a paper in the Journal of Developmental Neuropsychology, documenting preschool children's electrophysiological signatures of cognitive development/improvement in inhibitory control.
Graduate Research Assistant: Ann Hsu (徐子圓), B.Sc.
Ann graduated from Taipei Medical University in 2016 with a Bachelor degree in Respiratory Therapy. She then served at the Municipal Wan Fang Hospital from August, 2016 to June, 2017, and joined our lab in July. Ann has long been interested in the field of Neuropsychology and Cognitive Psychology. And with some experience with psychiatric patients and patients with Traumatic Brain Injury during her time as a Respiratory Therapist, she courageously decided to dive into the field of Neuroscience. She is now working on a project that looks into the sensitivity of reaction time and P300 measures in the context of guilty knowledge lie detection test.
During leisure time Ann likes reading, knitting, playing the piano, swimming, jogging, playing tennis and hiking. She's passionate about photography and traveling as well (has lots of interesting stories to tell).
Undergraduate Research Assistant: Shih-Chiang Ke (柯士強)
Shih-Chiang is a 2nd year medical student here at TMU. Shih-Chiang is generally interested in everything neuroscience, with a particular interest in the computational approach and the use of machine learning in the field of medicine and psychology. To this end, he is also actively preparing himself in the areas of computer sciences, hoping to integrate these approaches in his own research one day and do some cool interdisciplinary work. Shih-Chiang is now working on experiments involving implicit perception and priming.
Shih-Chiang is an avid basketball player (college varsity) and does weight training in his spare time. Favorite NBA team is San Antonio Spurs (Ginoooooooobili!!!!!!!!).
Undergraduate Research Assistant: Yi-Tsen Kuo (郭怡岑)
Yi-Tsen is a sophomore majoring in Medical Laboratory Science & Biotechnology at TMU. During her freshman year, she took several psychology courses (and did extremely well) and has now developed an interest in psychology and cognitive sciences. She is now experimenting on the different parameters of the Hermann Grid and various other visual illusions to investigate the perceptual mechanisms of visual processing at different stages.
In her spare time Yi-Tsen likes to paint, play guitar, work on puzzles, and listen to reggae music whenever the mood calls for it.
Undergraduate Research Assistant: Yi-Chen Wu (吳宜蓁)
Yi-Chen is a Junior here at TMU, majoring in Dental Technology. Yi-Chen has long been interested in psychology and cognitive science, and her increased exposure to this field via popular science books and TMU psychology courses has motivated her to join the Brain & Cognition Lab in Aug., 2017, to further explore her interest. By doing so she hopes to gain more conceptual knowledge and hands-on experience towards her topics of interest. She is now collecting data for an experiment that explores the relationship between spatial representation, wayfinding skill, and working memory.
In her spare time Yi-Chen likes to travel and cook (especially sweets and desserts). She also enjoys jogging and yoga.
Undergraduate Research Assistant: Li-Yu Yang (楊立宇)
Li-Yu is a sophomore medical student at TMU. He’s interested in cognitive science and consciousness research, especially the neural basis behind the formation of memory. By joining the Brain and Cognition Lab, Li-Yu hopes to learn more about the brain and be able to apply his knowledge as a medical doctor in the future. In his spare time Li-Yu loves to play badminton and jog at night (according to him it’s because he’s too busy in the daytime, and that there’s no sun at night, very clever).
He also likes manga, anime, and novels because they can be quite rejuvenating.
Undergraduate Research Assistant: Yu-Tung Kao (高語彤)
Yu Tung is a sophomore medical student at TMU. She sees the human brain as the most amazing thing in the world, and hopes to pursue research that improves cognitive functioning and (possibly) cure neurological disorders one day. She is currently investigating the spatial representations in human navigation using a driving simulator.
In her free time, Yu Tung enjoys watching suspense movies, action films, and science fiction films (Inception is the winner here). For outdoor activities, she loves hiking. According to her hiking involves slow and full exploration of the area, in which she can stop, stand in silence, and contemplate how amazing life is (very profound).
Chih-Chung Ting (丁致中), M.Sc.
Chih-Chung worked at the Brain & Cognition lab as a graduate research assistant, and as of September 2016 he is now a full-time PhD student at the University of Amsterdam, working with Dr. Jan Engelmann on the neural mechanisms behind value-based decision-making and other various issues in neuroeconomics.
While working at the B&C lab, Chih-Chung completed one study involving economic dishonesty, where we found a positive correlation between people's degress of loss aversive nature and their choices in when to lie. We are currently preparing the manuscript for submission.
Before B&C, Chih-Chung received his Masters degree from the Graduate Institute of Neuroscience at National Yang Ming University (Taiwan), supervised by Dr. Shih-Wei Wu. He and Dr. Wu published one paper in the Journal of Neuroscience on the topic of value-based decision making.
Li-Ang Chang (張力昂), M.Sc.
Li-Ang is interested in affective, reward, and social neuroscience. He is now investigating the patterns in moral behaviors and judgments, and the neural mechanisms behind them. His goal is to understand how emotions affect human’s moral judgments in different dilemmas (e.g., utilitarian vs. deontological judgement), and the social decision-making processes in people with different moral modules (different religions, cultures, and political orientations).
Previously, Li-Ang acquired his Masters Degree from the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, National Central University (Taiwan). Under the supervision of Prof. Chi-Hung Juan, Li-Ang has published one brain stimulation study in Scientific Reports, where he applied transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) to delineate the role of gamma band (40 Hz) neural communication between the left temporal and parietal cortices in feature-binding visual working memory.