Tzu-Yu Hsu

Office phone number
Director / Associate Professor

6620-2589 #10516

My research focuses on the cognitive neuroscience of executive functions, visual working memory, and how both interact with intrinsic brain activity. More specifically, I am interested in how the brain detects unusual signals to then make efficient and timely decisions about how to act. For example, when one is driving and need to either execute or withhold an action in order to avoid hitting someone who has walked out in front of the car. I aim to identify the neural circuits involved in such dynamic processing, going from detecting signals to making inhibitory responses, using techniques such as EEG and non-invasive brain stimulation.
In addition to mapping such ‘online’ functions, I also study how the brain’s intrinsic activity (so-called resting-state activity) interacts with them. If this intrinsic activity carries information about how an individual’s brain is wired then it may influence how that person responds to information from the outside world. Following this supposition we have indeed seen how resting-state oscillations influence working memory performance and how we can modulate this using brain stimulation to alter memory performance.

At the moment I am following these research directions in healthy participants and in particular clinical groups. If you would like to know more about my current work then please see my projects page. For full publication list, please see MY GOOGLE SCHOLAR