The Tse Visionlab is focused on working on the neural bases of volitional attention and visual consciousness. Consciousness, in the sense of that which is subjectively experienced, can be thought of as the domain of automatically and unconsciously precompiled operands that endogenous attentional operators can operate over. As such, the link between consciousness, attention and volition is likely to be deep. We apply methods as needed, principally visual psychophysics and fMRI, as well as EEG and DTI. We are concerned with both the succession of preconscious operations that go into the construction of vision as experienced, as well as later mental operations that take place over visual operands in working memory and attentional areas. We have a longstanding interest in visual illusions because these are mistakes made by visual system that provide us with a useful hook into stages of processing that go into the construction of our visual world.



Peter Tse

Dr. Tse received his BA from Dartmouth College in Math and Physics in 1984, his Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Harvard University in 1998, and did a postdoc in monkey fMRI in the lab of Nikos Logothetis at the Max Planck Institute inTübingen 1999-2001. He has been a professor of Cognitive Neuroscience in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Dartmouth College since 2001.


Attention-Related Publications

Frank SM, Sun L, Forster L, Tse PU, Greenlee MW (2016). Crossmodal attention effects in vestibular cortex during attentive tracking of moving objects. J Neuroscience, pii: 2480-16.

Schlegel A, Konuthula D, Alexander P, Blackwood E, Tse PU (2016). Fundamentally distributed information processing integrates the motor network into the mental workspace during mental rotation. J Cognitive Neuroscience, 28(8):1139-51. DOI: 10.1162/jocn_a_00965.

Schlegel A, Kohler P, Fogelson S, Alexander S, Tse PU (2013). Network structure and dynamics of the mental workspace. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 110(40):16277-82. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1311149110.

Reavis EA, Kohler PJ, Caplovitz GP, Wheatley TP, Tse PU (2013). Effects of attention on visual experience during monocular rivalry. Vision Research. DOI:pii: S0042-6989(13)00057-6. 10.1016/j.visres.2013.03.002.

Tse PU, Whitney D, Anstis S, Cavanagh P (2011). Voluntary attention modulates motion-induced mislocalization. J of Vision, 11(3):12.