Brain & Cognition LAB
Brain & Consciousness Research Center, Shuang-Ho Hospital Graduate Institute of Mind, Brain, and Consciousness, 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 Student: Amit Rawal, B.A.(Hons.)
Amit is a 2nd-year graduate student, here, at the Graduate Institute of Mind, Brain and Consciousness (GIMBC) at Taipei Medical University. He has gained an interest in the influence of conscious awareness on the processing of environmental stimuli and he is currently exploring the subliminal processing of temporal and spatial properties of visual statistical stimuli.
Before TMU, Amit earned his Bachelor's degree in Applied Psychology (2017) from Amity Institute of Psychology and Allied Sciences (AIPS), Amity University (Uttar Pradesh, India), serving his interest in psychiatric illness and the effect it can have on an individual's subjective experience.
In his idle time, Amit likes to cook (Phil's note: the spicy chicken sandwich is incredible), criticize films and music, walk around random places in Taipei, improve his Mandarin, or struggle with playing guitar melodies (on a guitar borrowed from Phil himself).
Graduate Student: Prangya Parimita Sahu, M.D.
Prangya is a 1st year graduate student at GIMBC. She is a medical doctor from India, and is interested in applying techniques from cognitive neuroscience to clinical populations.
Prangya is now working on the use of transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) on schizophrenic patients to improve their cognitive functions.
Undergraduate Research Assistant: Shih-Chiang Ke (柯士強)
Shih-Chiang is a 3rd-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, as well as spatial navigation.
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 Junior 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.
Yi-Tsen is now hosting a website that shows her work-on-progress in various different visual illusions. You can check out her site here, comments and suggestions are welcome and appreciated.
Undergraduate Research Assistant: Yi-Chen Wu (吳宜蓁)
Yi-Chen is a Senior 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: Evangeline Chen (陳玫儒)
Evangeline is a Senior-year student in the school of Nutrition & Health Sciences. She joined the lab in mid 2017 and is now a team member of the Navigation project, which investigates the role of working memory in spatial cognition and wayfinding, as well as their interactions with one's frames of navigation reference. Evangeline is responsible for the making of maze video stimuli and data collection. With this project, she hopes that the findings may one day be informative to how we can better improve wayfinding skills in healthy and clinical populations.
Undergraduate Research Assistant: Ching-Wen Hung (洪敬雯)
Ching-Wen is a Senior here at TMU majoring in Health Care Administration. She joined the lab in March, 2018 due to her strong interest in psychology. Ching-Wen is now working on her individual project investigating the interaction between spatial attention and attentional filtering by combining the Posner and Stroop paradigm.
For her hobby, Ching-Wen loves all kinds of music and rabbits :)
Undergraduate Research Assistant: Chin-Yen Hsin (辛芷妍)
Chin-Yen is a Junior majoring in Respiratory Therapy at TMU. She is currently working on a subitization project where she investigates the effect of ensemble statistics and spatial layout on people’s subitizing ability. She joined the B&C lab because she’s particularly curious about the fact that cognitive and psychological phenomena are taking place around us all the time, yet we seem to have very little understanding of how the mind works…
Chin-Yen has a passion for sports, and her interests are volleyball and dancing. She is also a college high-jump athlete.
Undergraduate Research Assistant: Yun-Chen Su (蘇筠真)
Yun-Chen is a Sophomore medical student here at TMU, and is now helping with the navigaiton project.
Undergraduate Research Assistant: Chen-Ru Yeh (葉宸汝)
Chen-Ru is a Sophomore nursing student at TMU. She is currently working on a project that investigates the sensory modalities and cues on which people rely to detect deception (regardless of accuracy) in naturalistic, conversational videos.
Graduate Research Assistant: Afee Chiu (邱盛暉), M.Sc. (2017~2018)
Afee is interested in usability and driving performance evaluation, and during his stay at the B&C Lab he investigated the effect of tDCS on driving performance. He is now working as a principal engineer at Inventec.
Afee received his master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from National Taiwan University. After that, he work at Quanter computer and Ford motor company as a product development engineer, which inspired his interests in human-center interface design. Through his research, Afee hopes to combine Cognitive Psychology with his love for cars, and apply his expertise in engineering and psychology to the development of next generation UI and Advanced Driving Assistant System (ADAS) design.
Graduate Research Assistant: Ann Hsu (徐子圓), B.Sc. (2017~2018)
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. During the year of her stay, Ann looked into the effect of angular rotations and its possible effect on GKT efficacy. Like her predecessors, Ann is also going to University of Amsterdam, joining UvA's Brain and Cognitive Sciences Graduate Program for her Master's degree.
Chih-Chung Ting (丁致中), M.Sc. (2015~2016)
Chih-Chung worked at the Brain & Cognition lab as a graduate research assistant, and as of September 2016 he has become 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. (2016~2017)
Li-Ang is interested in affective, reward, and social neuroscience. He worked at the Brain & Cognition lab until summer of 2017, 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). Li-Ang is now also a PhD student at University of Amsterdam, working with Dr. Jan Engelmann.
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.
Undergraduate Research Assistant: Yu-Tung Kao (高語彤)
Year at B&C Lab: 2017
Undergraduate Research Assistant: Li-Yu Yang (楊立宇)
Year at B&C Lab: 2017
Undergraduate Research Assistant: Jimmy Jiang (江秉諺)
Year at B&C Lab: 2017
Undergraduate Research Assistant: Yi-Sing Fong (房一心)
Year at B&C Lab: 2018
Undergraduate Research Assistant: Ye-Ryoung Kang (姜叡伶)
Year at B&C Lab: 2018