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Sirawaj Itthipuripat

Postdoctoral Fellow
Research Area: Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience
Quantitative Methods

I study neural mechanisms that support selective attention, learning, and memory in both healthy and clinical populations. I use combinations of neuroscience methods including EEG, fMRI, brain stimulation, psychophysics, and computational models.

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Representative Publications


Itthipuripat, S.*, Deering, S*, Serences, J.T., When conflict cannot be avoided: relative contributions of early selection and frontal executive control in mitigating Stroop conflict. Cerebral Cortex (2019) *co-first authors

Wang, S.*, Itthipuripat, S.*, Ku, Y. Electrical stimulation over human posterior parietal cortex selectively enhances the capcity of visual short-term memory. The Journal of Neuroscience39(3):528 –536 (2019) *co-first authors

Itthipuripat, S., Cha, K., Deering, S., Salazar, A.M., Serences, J.T., Having more choices changes how human observers weight stable sensory evidence. The Journal of Neuroscience. 38 (40): 8635-8649 (2018) 

Rungratsameetaweemana, R.*, Itthipuripat, S.*, Salazar, A., Serences, J.T., Expectations do not alter early sensory processing during perceptual decision making. The Journal of Neuroscience. 38(24):5632–5648 (2018) *co-first authors 

Sprague, T.C., Itthipuripat, S., Vo, V.A., Serences, J.T. Dissociable signatures of visual salience and behavioral relevance across attentional priority maps in human cortex. Journal of Neurophysiology. 119: 2153–2165 (2018)

Nelli, S., Itthipuripat, S., Srinivasan, R. and Serences, J.T., Fluctuations in instantaneous frequency predict alpha amplitude during visual perception. Nature communications. 8 (1), 2071:1-12. (2017)

Itthipuripat, S., Cha, K., Byers, A., Serences, J.T. Two different mechanisms support selective attention at different phases of training. PLOS Biology. 15(6):e2001724. (2017) 

Freeman, S., Itthipuripat, S., and Aron, A.R. High working memory load increases intracortical inhibition in primary motor cortex and diminishes the motor affordance effect. The Journal of Neuroscience. 18;36(20):5544-55 (2016)

Itthipuripat, S., Serences, J.T. Integrating levels of analysis in systems and cognitive neuroscience: selective attention as a case study. The Neuroscientist. pii:1073858415603312. (2015)

Itthipuripat, S., Cha, K., Rangsipat, N., Serences, J.T. Value-based attentional capture influences context-dependent decision-making. Journal of Neurophysiology. 1:560-9. (2015)

Itthipuripat, S., Ester E.F., Deering, S., Serences, J.T., Sensory gain outperforms efficient read-out mechanisms in predicting attention-related improvements in behavior. The Journal of Neuroscience. 34 (40): 13384-98. (2014)

Itthipuripat, S., Garcia, J.O., Rungratsameetaweemana, N., Sprague, T., Serences, J.T. (2014) Changing the scope of attention alters patterns of neural gain in human cortex. The Journal of Neuroscience. 34(1):112-123. (2014)

Itthipuripat, S., Garcia, J.O., Serences, J.T. Temporal dynamics of divided spatial attention. Journal of Neurophysiology. 109(9): 2364-73. (2013)

Itthipuripat, S., Wessel, J.R., Aron, A.R., Frontal theta is a signature of successful working memory manipulation. Experimental Brain Research. 224(2), 255-262. (2013)

Zimmer, U., Itthipanyanan, S. *, Grent-'t-Jong, T., Woldorff, M.G. The electrophysiological time course of the interaction of stimulus conflict and the multisensory spread of attention. European Journal of Neuroscience, 31(10), 1744-54. (2011)  *name change



Forbes Asia 30 Under 30 in Healthcare & Science (2018)

Leon Thal Award for Excellence in Graduate Research, UCSD Neurosciences (2017)

Howard Hughes Medical Institute International Student Research Fellowship (2014 – 2016)

Training grant, UCSD Neurosciences Graduate Program (2011 –2012)

Summer Research Fellowship from Dean Office, Duke University (2010)

Summer Research Fellowship Leadership Program in Aging Society Fellowship, Duke University (2009)

Echo Scholar, University of Virginia (2007)

College of Science Scholar, University of Virginia (2007)

Royal Thai Scholar Fellowship, Ministry of Science and Technology, Thailand (2006 – 2017)

Winning the naming right for the asteroid, MIT Lincoln Laboratory (2007)

Second prize, the Grand Award, Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (2006)

Long-term research and academic grants, Junior Science Talent Project, National Science and Technology Development Agency, Thailand (2003 –2007)

National Outstanding Youth Award in Science and Technology, Thailand (2007)

National Young Scientist Award, Ministry of Science and Technology, Thailand (2007)

First prize, the national science competition, Thailand (2006)

First prize, the regional science competition, Thailand (2006)