IBS Institute for Basic Science

  • Won Mok Shim
  • Assistant Professor
  • Cognitive Neuroscience, Perception, Cognition, Human fMRI
  • Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • wonmokshimskku.edu
  • http://wshimlab.com/
  • CV



Perceptual and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab (Shim Lab)


The goal of our research is to understand how the human brain gives rise to perception and cognition, and specifically how top-down or feedback processing contributes to this process. Research focuses on how top-down processing serves to gate the entry of information into attention and memory, alter fundamental information about object location and identity, create new representations at early stages of processing where no feedforward information exists, and integrate information from multiple sensory modalities. In order to gain a comprehensive understanding of the cognitive and neural mechanisms that underlie human mental processes, including perception, attention, and memory we combine techniques from neuroimaging (encoding and decoding), vision sciences, and cognitive psychology. This allows us to explore how the brain represents and processes a range of perceptual and cognitive information.



Selected Recent Publication

1. Yu, Q., & Shim, W.  M. (2016). Modulating foveal representation can influence visual discrimination in the periphery. Journal of Vision, 16(3):15, 1-12.

2. Chong, E., Familiar, A., & Shim, W.  M. (2015). Reconstructing representation of dynamic visual objects in early visual cortex. PNAS, 113, 1453-1458.

3. Uddenberg, S., & Shim, W. M. (2015). Seeing the world through target-tinted glasses: Positive mood broadens perceptual tuning. Emotion, 15, 319-328.

4. Shim, W. M., Jiang, Y. V., & Kanwisher, N. (2013). Redundancy gains in retinotopic cortex. Journal of Neurophysiology, 110, 2227-2235.

5. Shim, W. M., Alvarez, G. A., Vickery, T. J., & Jiang, Y. V. (2010). The number of attentional foci and their precision are dissociated in the posterior parietal cortex. Cerebral Cortex, 20, 1342-1349.