Saturday, April 7, 2018

Plenary 13 (PL13)

12:00 pm to 1:20 pm 

Perceptual Integration and Disintegration                     

Ladan Shams, UCLA             

Anthony Hudetz, University of Michigan 



Ladan Shams, PhD

Professor, Psychology, BioEngineering and Neuroscience, UCLA

Director, Multisensory Perception Lab


Dr. Shams received her Ph.D. in Computer Science at USC and her postdoctoral training in Cognitive Neuroscience at Caltech. Dr. Shams’ research interests focus on multisensory perception and learning in humans. She has published more than 65 articles and book chapters and tens of conference abstracts. Her research has been funded by federal agencies such as National Science Foundation, National Institute for Health, and DARPA. Dr. Shams has been serving as Associate Editor of Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, as Consulting Editor of Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, and on the advisory board and program committee of the International Multisensory Research Forum (which is the premier conference in multisensory research). Dr. Shams is a member of the National Science Foundation College of Reviewers. She is also a member of the Society for Neuroscience, Vision Sciences Society, and the International Multisensory Research Forum. Dr. Shams was featured by Chronicle of Higher Education as one of “five scholars to watch” and is frequently consulted as an expert by media outlets such as NPR, BBC and CNN.


Primary Area:

Cognitive Psychology Secondary Area: Behavioral Neuroscience Address

Teaching Interests:

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.

UCLA Department of Psychology
UCLA Department of BioEngineering
UCLA Neuroscience Program