Sheng He, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Psychology

E-MAIL: sheng@umn.edu


Research Interests:

Research in our group is centered on investigating the neural basis of human vision, visual attention, and visual awareness. Current research projects include the spatial and temporal properties of the early visual cortex, the effect of attentional modulation at different cortical sites, the nature and dynamics of binocular rivalry, pattern and motion adaptation processes. Both psychophysical and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging methods are used in these studies.


Selected Publications:

(For a comprehensive list of recent publications, refer to PubMed, a service provided by the National Library of Medicine.)

Zou J, He S, Zhang P. Binocular rivalry from invisible patterns. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2016 Jul 26;113(30):8408-13.

Zhang P, Zhou H, Wen W, He S. Layer-specific response properties of the human lateral geniculate nucleus and superior colliculus. Neuroimage. 2015 Feb 19;111:159-166.

Jamison KW, Roy AV, He S, Engel SA, He B. SSVEP Signatures of Binocular Rivalry During Simultaneous EEG and fMRI. J Neurosci Methods. 2015 Jan 30;.

Zhou W, Yang X, Chen K, Cai P, He S, Jiang Y. Chemosensory communication of gender through two human steroids in a sexually dimorphic manner. Curr Biol. 2014 May 19;24(10):1091-5.

Shannon RW, Patrick CJ, Venables NC, He S. 'Faceness' and affectivity: evidence for genetic contributions to distinct components of electrocortical response to human faces. Neuroimage. 2013 Dec;83:609-15.

Zhang P, Jamison K, Engel S, He B, He S. Binocular rivalry requires visual attention. Neuron. 2011 Jul 28;71(2):362-9.

Vizueta N, Patrick CJ, Jiang Y, Thomas KM, He S. Dispositional fear, negative affectivity, and neuroimaging response to visually suppressed emotional faces. Neuroimage. 2012 Jan 2;59(1):761-71. Epub 2011 Jul 14.

Shannon RW, Patrick CJ, Jiang Y, Bernat E, He S. Genes contribute to the switching dynamics of bistable perception. J Vis. 2011 Mar 9;11(3). pii: 8. doi: 10.1167/11.3.8. Print 2011.

Liu T, Cheung SH, Schuchard RA, Glielmi CB, Hu X, He S, Legge GE. Incomplete cortical reorganization in macular degeneration. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2010 Dec;51(12):6826-34. Epub 2010 Jul 14.

Zhang P, Bao M, Kwon M, He S, Engel SA. Effects of orientation-specific visual deprivation induced with altered reality. Curr Biol. 2009 Dec 1;19(22):1956-60. Epub 2009 Nov 5.

Kwon M, Legge GE, Fang F, Cheong AM, He S. Adaptive changes in visual cortex following prolonged contrast reduction. J Vis. 2009 Feb 25;9(2):20.1-16.

Jiang Y, Shannon RW, Vizueta N, Bernat EM, Patrick CJ, He S. Dynamics of processing invisible faces in the brain: automatic neural encoding of facial expression information Neuroimage. 2009 Feb 1;44(3):1171-7. Epub 2008 Oct 11.

Lin Z, He S. Seeing the invisible: the scope and limits of unconscious processing in binocular rivalry. Prog Neurobiol. 2009 Apr;87(4):195-211. Epub 2008 Sep 7.

Feng C, Jiang Y, He S. Horizontal and vertical asymmetry in visual spatial crowding effects. J Vis. 2007 Jul 17;7(2):13.1-10.

He S. Holes, objects, and the left hemisphere. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2008 Jan 29;105(4):1103-4. Epub 2008 Jan 23.

Jiang Y, Costello P, He S. Processing of invisible stimuli: advantage of upright faces and recognizable words in overcoming interocular suppression. Psychol Sci. 2007 Apr;18(4):349-55.

Fang F, Ijichi K, He S. Transfer of the face viewpoint aftereffect from adaptation to different and inverted faces. J Vis. 2007 Oct 19;7(13):6.1-9.

Fang F, Murray SO, He S. Duration-dependent FMRI adaptation and distributed viewer-centered face representation in human visual cortex.
Cereb Cortex. 2007 Jun;17(6):1402-11. Epub 2006 Aug 11.

Jiang Y, Zhou K, He S. Human visual cortex responds to invisible chromatic flicker. Nat Neurosci. 2007 May;10(5):657-62. Epub 2007 Apr 1.

Murray SO, He S. Contrast invariance in the human lateral occipital complex depends on attention. Curr Biol. 2006 Mar 21;16(6):606-11.

Fang F, He S. Cortical responses to invisible objects in the human dorsal and ventral pathways. Nat Neurosci. 2005 Oct;8(10):1380-5.

Fang F, He S. Viewer-centered object representation in the human visual system revealed by viewpoint aftereffects. Neuron. 2005 Mar 3;45(5):793-800.

Fang F, He S. Strong influence of test patterns on the perception of motion aftereffect and position. J Vis. 2004 Aug 5;4(7):637-42.

Fang F, He S. Stabilized structure from motion without disparity induces disparity adaptation. Curr Biol. 2004 Feb 3;14(3):247-51.


Current Graduate Students:

Vadim Petruk (Neuroscience, University of Minnesota).

Former Graduate Students:

Patricia Costello (Ph.D. 2003, Neuroscience, University of Minnesota).

Robert Shannon (Ph.D. 2012, Neuroscience, University of Minnesota).

Sheng He