• DECODING ORIENTATION AND MOTION DECODING ORIENTATION AND MOTION The Tong Lab has developed novel methods to decode orientation- and direction-selective responses from fMRI activity patterns in the visual cortex. These methods allow us to investigate the neural mechanisms that support conscious perception, attentional selection, and visual working memory.
  • FACE AND OBJECT PROCESSING FACE AND OBJECT PROCESSING How are faces and complex objects represented and processed at successive stages of the visual pathway? How are stable or invariant representations achieved, such that a specific item can be robustly identified across a range of viewing conditions?
  • MECHANISMS OF VISUAL ATTENTION MECHANISMS OF VISUAL ATTENTION We are investigating how top-down attention selectively enhances the representation of visual features and complex objects to improve performance at challenging perceptual tasks.
  • VISUAL WORKING MEMORY VISUAL WORKING MEMORY Our lab is developing fMRI and psychophysical methods to better understand how the brain actively maintains precise information about a remembered stimulus over prolonged delay periods.
  • NEURAL BASES OF VISUAL AWARENESS NEURAL BASES OF VISUAL AWARENESS Our lab uses a variety of visual paradigms, binocular rivalry coupled with fMRI to examine the neural basis of visual awareness. These techniques have helped our lab to elucidate several of the functional regions dedicated to complex object processing.



Perceptual learning selectively refines orientation representations in early visual cortex

Jehee, J. F. M., Ling, S., Swisher, J. D., Tong, F. (2012)

Journal of Neuroscience, 32, 16747-16753.

Prevalence of selectivity for mirror-symmetric views of faces in the ventral and dorsal visual pathways

Kietzmann, T. C., Swisher, J. D., König, P., & Tong, F. (2012)

Journal of Neuroscience, 32, 11763-11772.

Decoding patterns of human brain activity

Tong, F., & Pratte, M. S. (2012)

Annual Review of Psychology, 63, 483-509.

Decoding reveals the contents of visual working memory in early visual areas

Harrison, S. A., & Tong, F. (2009)

Nature, 458, 632-635.


June 2012

Chris Angeloni has joined the Tong lab as the new research analyst! Welcome, Chris!

May 2012

Frank has been elected to serve on the board of directors for the Vision Sciences Society. Congratulations, Frank!

April 2012

Sonia Poltoratski has been awarded an NSF graduate research fellowship. Congratulations, Sonia!

March 2012

Mike Pratte has been awarded a postdoctoral NRSA fellowship. Congrats, Mike!

February 2012

Tim Kietzmann receives a student travel award from the Vision Sciences Society.

August 2011

Two new graduate students, Young-Eun Park and Sonia Poltoratski, have joined the lab. Welcome, Young-Eun and Sonia!

July 2011

Sammy Hong departs to FAU for a position as assistant professor.

Tim Kietzmann joins the lab as a visiting graduate student on a Fullbright fellowship!