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Frank Tong

Centennial Professor of Psychology
Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Frank Tong studies the neural bases of visual perception, attention, face and object recognition, and visual working memory, by using computational approaches to analyze behavioral performance and human neuroimaging data. His  lab uses advanced multivariate approaches to decode detailed information from brain activity patterns, and modeling-based approaches to characterize human behavioral performance. Techniques in the lab include visual psychophysics, high resolution fMRI at 7T, computational modeling, and most recently, comparisons between human perception and convolutional neural networks. 


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Representative Publications

Top cited

Kamitani, Y., & Tong, F. (2005). Decoding the visual and subjective contents of the human brain. Nature neuroscience8(5), 679-685.

Harrison, S. A., & Tong, F. (2009). Decoding reveals the contents of visual working memory in early visual areas. Nature458(7238), 632-635.

Tong, F., Nakayama, K., Vaughan, J. T., & Kanwisher, N. (1998). Binocular rivalry and visual awareness in human extrastriate cortex. Neuron21(4), 753-759.

Tong, F., Meng, M., & Blake, R. (2006). Neural bases of binocular rivalry. Trends in cognitive sciences10(11), 502-511.

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2006 - Young Investigator Award, Cognitive Neuroscience Society

2008 - Chancellor's Award for Research, Vanderbilt University

2009 - Young Investigator Award, Vision Sciences Society

2010 - Troland Research Award, National Academy of Sciences

2012-2016 - Board of Directors, Vision Sciences Society

2014 - present  Editorial Committee, Annual Review of Psychology