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講者:謝伯讓 博士(國立臺灣大學心理學系副教授)

講題:Causes, Consequences, and Neural Correlates of Visual Awareness







How conscious experience is realized in neuronal activity is one major unsolved problem in neuroscience. Brain scientists have focused on finding neural correlates of consciousness for over two decades. Here I go beyond this correlational paradigm and use fMRI multivariate pattern analysis to investigate the causal relationship between cortical activity and visual awareness. First, I examined the neural consequences of consciousness by asking whether the pattern of neural activity in visual cortex can be altered by a change in the interpretation of a constant visual input. Second, I examined the neural causes of consciousness by asking whether the contents of visual awareness during binocular rivalry can be biased/predicted by the neural activation pattern that immediately precedes binocular stimulus presentation. My results show that the pattern of neural activity in visual cortex not only reflects changes of subjects’ conscious interpretation of the stimulus, but also predicts subjects’ subsequent perceptual states during binocular rivalry. These findings go beyond mere correlates of consciousness to reveal candidates areas that are causally involved in realizing conscious experience.




謝伯讓 博士



國立臺灣大學心理學系 副教授






2008 Ph.D., Cognitive Neuroscience, Dartmouth College

2003 M.A., Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science, National Chung Cheng University (NCCU)

1999 B.S., Department of Life Sciences, National Taiwan University (NTU)



2019-present Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, National Taiwan University

2011-2019 Assistant Professor, Duke-NUS Medical School, Brain & Consciousness Lab

2008-2011 Postdoctoral Associate (Kanwisher Lab) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)



2011 Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness Travel Award

2008 Chinese-American Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow

2008 Vision Sciences Society Travel Award

2008 Excellence in Science (AAAS/Science Program)

2006 Top 10 finalists, Best Illusion of the Year Contest

2005 Marie Center Research Award, Dartmouth College

2004 Dartmouth College Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience Fellow

2003 Graduating first in class, Institute of Philosophy, NCCU

2001 Scholarships, Institute of Philosophy, NCCU

1992 Gifted student in mathematics, Taiwan, R.O.C.

1992 Second place, National Natural Sciences Contest

1991 Bronze medal, National Mathematics Contest

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