國立政治大學 心智、大腦與學習研究中心

 


                                                                              

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 Taiwan Mind & Brain Imaging Center, TMBIC   http://tmbic.nccu.edu.tw/main.php

Taiwan Mind & Brain Imaging Center (TMBIC) was supported by Department of Humanities and Social Science, Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST). Experts from National Chengchi University, National Yang-Ming University, and National Central University were widely recruited as TMBIC fellows. Established on the first of May, 2012, TMBIC aims to encourage research that combines humanities and social science with neuroscience. In addition to a Siemens 3T scanner (MAGNETOM Skyra) on-site, Mock in 1:1 ratio was also built for both research and educational purposes. TMBIC also offer Electroencephalographic and eye-tracker labs to encourage members from Humanities and Social Science departments to do Cognitive Neuroscience research.

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Joint Laboratories

 

 

Brain, Emotion, and Decision Laboratory

Brain, emotion and decision laboratory is hosted by Dr. Nai-Shing Yen, who is currently a professor of the Department of Psychology at NCCU. The major research interest of the laboratory is to study the behavioral and electrophysiological effects of emotion on decision making. Major research topics and findings in recent years include: (1) to examine the construct, physiological, and neural correlates of Somatic Marker Hypothesis, (2) to investigate the mechanism reflected by feedback-related negativity, (3) to explore the economics games from emotional, cognitive and neuropsychological view, (4) to observe eye movement patterns of different decision strategies, and (5) to investigate the EEG, EMG, heart rate, and SCR elicited by  emotion pictures and the effects of emotion regulation strategies on electrophysiological responses. Issues related to the above topics on Neuroeconomics and Affective Neuroscience will be further studied.

 

Category Learning and Artificial Neural Network Lab   http://140.119.175.157/www/index.htm

Category Learning and Artificial Neural network Lab (CLAN lab) is aimed to develop the neural network models for human cognition providing theoretical explanations. For this aim, the methodology taken in CLAN lab consists of both traditional cognitive experimentation and computer simulation. The current fields of interest include working memory and categorization and the individual differences in categorization. We are also collaborating with the department of economics at NCC and the departments of psychology at University of Western Australia at Australia and University of Warwick at UK.

 

Eye Movement and Reading Laboratory   http://emrlab.nccu.edu.tw/ 

                  

The eye movement and reading laboratory investigates the mechanism underlying Chinese reading and eye movement control as well as word recognition processing. With the eye tracker, we record both fixation locations and durations in real time during reading. Several projects investigate the reading processing reflected by eye movement control, including the influence of adding word boundary, parafoveal word processing and its time course, contextual predictability, and other higher level language processing. In addition, we are also interested in the developmental change of eye movement patterns for children, also the influence of share-book reading and text format when learning to read. We emphasize the interdisciplinary research combining cognitive psychology, education and linguistics. There are two more characteristics about experimental paradigms in the lab. One is applying the eye movement contingent display change technique in experiments and the other is developing the protocol for simultaneous recording of eye movements and event related potentials.

 

Sleep Research Laboratory    http://www.nccusleeplab.com/

                   

The NCCU Sleep Research Laboratory is directed by Dr. Chien-Ming Yang.This laboratory, located in the Department of Psychology at the National Cheng-Chi University (NCUU) in Taiwan, is dedicated to basic research in sleep science as well as clinical research in behavioral sleep medicine. The laboratory is also affiliated with the Research Center for Mind, Brain, and Learning at NCCU. The laboratory has two bedrooms for sleep recording and one control/discussion room. It is equipped with: 1) two polysomnography system for standard sleep recording, 2) actigraphs for longer-term monitoring of sleep and light exposure, 3) a 40-channel electroencephalogram system that is capable of conducting recording and analysis of event-related potentials (ERP), 4) two biofeedback systems for psychophysiological recording and biofeedback training, and 5) several neuropsychological tests for assessment of neurocognitive abilities.

There are three major research interests of the laboratory: 1) the etiologies and treatment of insomnia; 2) information processing during sleep; 3) the relationship between sleep and daytime functioning. On-going research projects in the laboratory include: 1) the role of hyperarousal and sleep cognition in primary insomniacs, 2) the efficacy of CBT-I for primary insomniacs, 3) the influence of sleep environment on sleep quality and morning alertness, 4) sleep and cognitive functioning in children, 5) sleep pattern and sleep problem in adolescents in related to their daytime functions, 6) the subjective experiences during sleep-onset process, 7) the effect of sleep on learning and memory.

 

Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory

Behavioral neuroscience laboratory is so called biological psychology laboratory at National Cheng-Chi University (NCCU). This laboratory is hosted and run by Drs. Ruey-Ming Liao and Mei-Chun Ko, who are currently a professor and an associate professor co-appointed by the Department of Psychology and the Institute of Neuroscience at NCCU. Several rodent animal models have been established in this laboratory, which are used to investigate the neural mechanisms of cognition and behavior via manipulating brain lesion and neuropharmacological treatment. Major research findings from this laboratory in recent years include 1) the role of brain dopamine systems involved in behavioral inhibition and timing process, 2) drug reward and conditioned behavior, 3) the effects of opioid related drugs on pain and itch, and 4) the opioid pharmacology and antidepressants.  This laboratory aims, for the near future, to continuously delineate behavioral components of those already established animal models and create the novel models. Combining the use of techniques of cellular/molecular biology, the application of theory developed in cognitive science and the execution of research by the integrated manner, it is expected to encounter the bottleneck of the study of brain and behavior leading to have the breakthrough on elucidating the misery of our mind.

 

Brain and Learning Laboratory   https://bnlnccu.wixsite.com/bnlnccu

                     

Brain and Learning Laboratory is directed by Dr. Ting-Ting Chang, assistant professor of Department of Psychology at NCCU. The research focus of this lab is to investigate the neural mechanism of numerical cognition and learning using functional magnetic resonance imaging. The current projects are focused in the following areas: (1) behavioral and neural mechanism of mathematical cognition; (2) mathematical problem solving strategies and neural substrates of children, adolescents, and adults; (3) typical and atypical development of mathematical skill; (4) early brain-based predictor of mathematical achievement.

   

Computational, Cognitive and Behavioral Social Science Lab

The launch of this lab project manifests the synthesis of two research methodologies toward the advancement of experimental thinking (thought experiment) in social sciences. The two research methodologies are laboratory experiment with human subjects and the agent-based computational modeling. Both methodologies have agents (human or artificial) as their body and have experimental thinking as their soul. The borderline between these two kinds of agent is vanishing with the advent of the digital age, when the simulated real environment is seen everywhere. Hence, a synthesis of them is natural and well-expected. Experimental thinking or abductive thinking, as coined by Charles Peirce, is imperative when the consequence of each action is intertwined with many other simultaneously acting or co-acting factors. In this complex system, how much we can know of the unknown depends on how many experiments and simulations we have carefully crafted and run. Using experiments and simulations as a basis can help us make sound social choices and public policies.