Taosheng Liu

Associate Professor

PhD, Cognitive Psychology, Columbia University, 2001
MA, Cognitive Psychology, Columbia University, 1998
BS, Biological Science, University of Science and Technology of China, 1994

Research Statement

My primary research interest is in visual selective attention. Selection occurs at many levels of information processing and it prioritizes the processing of task-relevant information and guides the choice and implementation of action. In addition to visual attention, I am also interested in two related topics: visual working memory and decision making. Working memory allows one to temporarily hold information for task execution, while decision making uses such information to form a choice. Thus information is selected by attention, maintained by working memory, and ultimately processed to yield choice behavior. In this view, attention, working memory, and decision making are intimately related which form the key processes from perception to action. I am interested in the computational and neural mechanisms of these psychological functions.

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Selected Publications

  • Wang, Y., Miller, J. R., & Liu, T.
    Suppression effects in feature-based attention
    2015, Journal of Vision, 15:1-16
  • Miller, J. R., Becker, M. W., & Liu, T.
    The bandwidth of consolidation into visual short-term memory (VSTM) depends on the visual feature
    2014, Visual Cognition, 22:920-947
  • Zeigenfuse, M. D., Pleskac, T. J., & Liu, T.
    Rapid decisions from experience
    2014, Cognition, 131:181-194
  • Liu, T., Becker, M. W., & Jigo, M.
    Limited featured-based attention to multiple features
    2013, Vision Research, 85:36-44
  • Liu, T. & Hou, Y.
    A hierarchy of attentional priority signals in human frontoparietal cortex
    2013, Journal of Neuroscience, 33:16606-16616
  • Liu, T. & Becker, M. W.
    Serial consolidation of orientation information into visual short-term memory
    2013, Psychological Science, 24:1044-1050
  • Becker, M. W., Miller, J. R., & Liu, T.
    A severe capacity limit in the consolidation of orientation information into visual short-term memory (VSTM)
    2013, Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 75:415-425
  • Mance, I., Becker, M. W., & Liu, T
    Parallel consolidation of simple features into visual short-term memory
    2012, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance, 38:429-438
  • Hou, Y. & Liu, T.
    Neural correlates of object-based attentional selection in human cortex
    2012, Neuropsychologia, 50:2916-2925
  • Liu, T., Hospadaruk, L., Zhu, D., & Gardner, J. L.
    Feature-specific attentional priority signals in human cortex
    2011, Journal of Neuroscience, 31:4484-4495
  • Liu, T. & Hou, Y.
    Global feature-based attention to orientation
    2011, Journal of Vision, 11:1-8
  • Liu, T. & Pleskac, T. J.
    Neural correlates of evidence accumulation in a perceptual decision task
    2011, Journal of Neurophysiology
  • Liu, T., Mance, I. M.
    The spatial gradient of the spread of feature-based attention
    2011, Vision Research, 51:26-33
  • Liu, T., Abrams, J., & Carrasco, M.
    Voluntary attention enhances contrast appearance
    2009, Psychological Science, 20:354-362
  • Ling, S., Liu, T., & Carrasco, M.
    How spatial and feature-based attention affect the gain and tuning of population responses
    2009, Vision Research, 49:1194-1204
  • Liu, T., Stevens, S. T., & Carrasco, M.
    Comparing the time course and efficacy of spatial and feature-based attention
    2007, Vision Research, 47:108-113
  • Liu, T., Larsson, J., & Carrasco, M.
    Feature-based attention modulates orientation-selective responses in human visual cortex
    2007, Neuron, 55:313-323
  • Liu, T.
    Learning sequences of views of objects: the effect of spatiotemporal coherence on object recognition
    2007, Perception, 36:1320-1333
  • Liu, T., Heeger, D. J., & Carrasco, M.
    Neural correlates of visual vertical meridian asymmetry
    2006, Journal of Vision, 6:1294-1306
  • Rauschenberger, R., Liu, T., Slotnick, S. D., & Yantis, S.
    Temporally unfolding neural representation of pictorial occlusion
    2006, Psychological Science, 17:358-364
  • Liu, T., Fuller, S., & Carrasco, M.
    Attention alters the appearance of motion coherence
    2006, Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 13:1091-1096
  • Liu, T., Pestilli, F., & Carrasco, M.
    Transient attention enhances perceptual performance and fMRI response in human visual cortex
    2005, Neuron, 45:469-477
  • Liu, T., Slotnick, S. D., & Yantis, S.
    Human MT+ mediates perceptual filling-in during apparent motion.
    2004, NeuroImage, 21:1772-1780
  • Sunness, J. S., Liu, T., & Yantis, S.
    Retinotopic mapping of visual cortex using fMRI in a patient with central scotomas from atrophic macular degeneration
    2004, Ophthalmology, 111:1595--1598
  • Liu, T., & Cooper, L. A.
    Explicit and implicit memory for rotating objects
    2003, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory & Cognition, 29:554-562
  • Liu, T., Slotnick, S. D., Serences, J. S., Yantis, S.
    Cortical mechanisms of feature-based attentional control
    2003, Cerebral Cortex, 13:1334-1343
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