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(615) 322-1780
531 Wilson

Research Area

  • Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Neuroscience
  • Education

    Ph.D., Harvard University, 1999

    Curriculum Vitae

    Current Courses

    Psy 232, Mind and Brain

    Psy 238, Social Cognition and Neuroscience


    Frank Tong

    Professor of Psychology

    Frank Tong studies the neural bases of visual perception, attention, awareness, recognition, and working memory, by using behavioral and human brain imaging techniques. He is especially interested in the problems of brain reading and mind reading, that is, whether measures of a person's brain activity can be used to readout a person's visual thoughts. The overall goal of this research is to understand how visual representations in different brain areas mediate people's ability to consciously perceive and recognize basic visual features and complex objects. Specific research topics include binocular rivalry, perceptual filling-in, feature representations in visual cortex, object recognition, face perception, mental imagery, visual attention and consciousness. His research is supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

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