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Ladan Shams, Ph.D.

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Department / Division Affiliations
Associate Professor, Psychology
Assistant Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience, Cognitive Psychology
Member, ACCESS Program, Access Bioinformatics Home Area, Access Neuroscience Home Area, Brain Research Institute, Neuroscience IDP
Faculty, Biomedical Engineering IDP

Research Interest:

Multi-sensory Integration; Perceptual Learning; Adaptation

Research in our laboratory is concerned with the question of how the brain integrates the information from different sensory modalities into one coherent percept. We are interested in the question of multisensory integration from various aspects: how different sensory modalities interact; what brain mechanisms are involved, and what computational principles and mechanisms govern the interactions. We probe these questions using behavioral and neuroimaing studies in humans, as well as mathematical modeling. Other topics of interest in our laboratory are perceptual learning, and adaptation.


Watkins, S, Shams, L, Tanaka, S, et al. Sound alters activity in human V1 in association with illusory visual perception. NeuroImage 2006; .
Shams, L, Iwaki, S, Chawla, A, et al. Early modulation of visual cortex by sound: an MEG study. Neuroscience letters 2005; 378(2): 76-81.
Shams, L, Ma, WJ, & Beierholm, U. Sound-induced flash illusion as an optimal percept. Neuroreport, 2005; 16(17): 1923-7.
Violentyev, A, Shimojo, S, & Shams, L. Touch-induced visual illusion. Neuroreport 2005; 16(10): 1107-10.
Shams, L., & von der Malsburg, C. Acquisition of visual shape primitives. Vision Research 2002; Vol. 42 (17): 2105-2122.
Shams, L. Integration in the brain: The subconscious alteration of visual perception by cross-modal integration. Science & Consciousness Review 2002; October(No. 1 ): .
Bhattacharya, J., Shams, L., S. & Shimojo, S. Sound-induced illusory flash perception: Role of Gamma band responses. NeuroReport 2002; Vol. 13: 1727-1730.
Shams, L. & von der Malsburg, C. The role of complex cells in object recognition. Vision Research 2002; Vol. 42 (22): 2547-2554.
Shams, L., Kamitani, Y., & Shimojo, S. Visual illusion induced by sound. Cognitive Brain Research 2002; Vol. 14: 147-152.
Shams, L., Brady, M. & Schaal, S. Graph-matching vs. entropy-based methods for object detection. Neural Networks 2001; 14: 345-354.
Shimojo, S., & Shams, L. Sensory modalities are not separate modalities: plasticity and interactions. Current Opinion In Neurobiology 2001; Vol. 11 (114): 505-509.
Shams, L., Kamitani, Y., Thompson, S. & Shimojo, S. Sound alters visual evoked potentials in humans. NeuroReport 2001; Vol. 12 (17): 3849-3852.
Shimojo, S., Scheier, C., Shams, L., & Watanabe, K. Vision beyond visual modality: Auditory effects on visual perception. Journal of the Acoustical Society of Japan, Special Issue on Hearing and the Brain 2001; Vol. 22 (2): .
Shams, L., Kamitani, Y., & Shimojo, S. What you see is what you hear. Nature 2000; Vol. 408: 788.
Shams, L., & von der Malsburg, C. Are Object Shape Primitives Learnable? . NeuroComputing 1999; Vol. 26-27: 855-863.