Yu-Chin Chiu

Degree:  Ph.D. Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, 2010

Research Interests:

I am interested in how humans exert top-down, cognitive control when bottom-up biases (perceptual, emotional, motivational) are in conflict with the current goal. As when cognitive control fails, these biases could become detrimental, contributing to maladaptive behaviors (e.g., attention deficits, addiction) as seen in many psychiatric disorders. My research focuses on examining two key aspects of cognitive control - the ability to select task-relevant infromaiton proactively (selective attention), and the ability to control responses reactively (response inhibition). Using various research methodologies (behavior, fMRI, TMS), my research aims to charachterize the neurocognitive mechanisms underlying cognitive control, and ultimately to provide insights into how to best improve cognitive control in the relevant clinical populations.

Recent Publications:

Chiu Y. C. & Egner T (in press) Cueing cognitive flexibility: item-specific learning of switch readiness. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance.

Chiu Y. C., Jiang, J. & Egner T. (2017). The Caudate Nucleus Mediates Learning of Stimulus-Control State Associations. Journal of Neuroscience, 37(4): 1028-1038.

Chiu, Y. C. & Egner, T. (2016). Distractor-relevance determines whether task-switching enhances or impairs distrator memory. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 42(1): 1-5.

Gmeindl, L., Chiu, Y. C., Esterman, M.S., Greenberg, A. S., Courtney, S. & Yanis, S. (2016). Tracking the will to attend: Cortical activity indexes self-generated, voluntary shifts of attention. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 78(7): 2176-2184.

Chiu, Y. C. & Egner, T. (2015). Inhibition-induced forgetting results from resource competition between response inhibition and memory encoding processes. Journal of Neuroscience, 35(34): 1936-1945.

Chiu, Y. C. & Egner, T. (2015). Inhibition-induced forgetting: when more control leads to less memory. Psychological Science, 26(1): 27-38.

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    Assistant Professor, Cognitive Psycholgy and Neuroscience 
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    Purdue University
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