Cognitive neuroscience of semantic memory, implicit learning and memory, episodic memory, object, face, and spatial cognition, decision-making, mental imagery, mental simulation for grounded (embodied) cognition, vision and action in healthy people across the life span and patients with brain dysfunction using event-related potentials (ERPs), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), lesion methods (patients with brain disorders, transcranial magnetic stimulation), and computational modeling.
Faculty for Research and Education in Cognitive Neuroscience
Qualifications & background
Post-doctoral fellow in Cognitive Neuroscience (functional magnetic resonance imaging, neuropsychology), Boston University, Boston, MA, 1998-2003.
Ph.D. in Cognitive Science & Neurosciences, University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, CA, 1998.
M.S. in Neurosciences, University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, CA, 1992.
B.A. in Neurobiology, high distinction and high honors, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, 1990.
Member of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS)
Member of the Society For Neuroscience (SFN)
Member of the Society for Psychophysiological Research (SPR)
Full Member of The Psychonomic Society
Member of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS)
· Main aim: Develop a neurocognitive theory from neural circuits to systems of cognitive decisions based on object memory under diverse visual and task conditions, including the roles of learning and spatial analysis, in healthy people across the life span and patients with brain dysfunction.
· Approach: To accomplish this, the research program integrates across several domains, all in the visual modality: perception, object constancy, long-term knowledge and memory (emphasizing representations for categorization, episodic recognition, and implicit memory), learning, and spatial cognition, and, more recently working memory and decision-making, which are intimately related to the other domains.
· Methods: Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and neuropsychological studies involving patients with brain dysfunction reveal the functional neuroanatomy. Electroencephalography and event-related potentials (ERPs) time cortical processing. These human neuroscience methods are combined to determine how, when, and where neural processes support specific cognitive abilities. Moreover, neurocomputational modeling facilitates theory development.
· How visual objects are processed, how knowledge and memory about objects are activated in the human brain during categorization, recognition, search, and repetition priming tasks, how conceptual knowledge about objects are embodied (grounded) in perception and action systems of the brain
· How the brain achieves object constancy on cognitive tasks, focusing on the role of top-down processes and dorsal versus ventral stream contributions
· Neural systems for implicit versus explicit, learning and memory in the visual modality, particularly the role of transfer appropriate processing of memory from a study (learning) experience to a memory task, the format of memory representations, and the role of top-down cognitive control, decision, and reasoning processes
· Changes in neural systems for vision, learning, and memory with normal aging and age-related neurological disorders and in psychiatric disorders
UoP Research group membershipCentre for Research in Brain, Cognition and Behaviour (CBCB)
Schendan HE, Ganis G (2012). Electrophysiological Potentials Reveal Cortical Mechanisms For Mental Imagery, Mental Simulation, And Grounded (Embodied) Cognition , , –.
Ganis G, Smith D, Schendan HE (2012). The N170, Not The P1, Indexes The Earliest Time For Categorical Perception Of Faces, Regardless Of Interstimulus Variance. , (62), 1563–1574.
Schendan HE (2012) Implicit memory in Encyclopedia of Human Behavior. Academic Press
Schendan HE (2012) Semantic memory in Encyclopedia of Human Behavior. Academic Press
Ganis G, Rosenfeld JP, Meixner J, Kievit RA, Schendan HE (2011). Lying In The Scanner: Covert Countermeasures Disrupt Deception Detection By Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Neuroimage, 55 (1), 312–319.
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