Stephen Engel, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Psychology


Research Interests:

Research in our laboratory seeks to understand vision and cognition by combining measurements of behavior with neural measurements made using functional MRI. A main topic currently under investigation is visual plasticity?how cortex can change with experience. Within this domain we are examining effects of altered environments, perceptual training, and visual expertise.

Selected Publications:

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

Reavis EA, Lee J, Wynn JK, Engel SA, Jimenez AM, Green MF. Cortical Thickness of Functionally Defined Visual Areas in Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder. Cereb Cortex. 2016 May 25;.

McGonigle C, van der Linde I, Pardhan S, Engel SA, Mallen EA, Allen PM. Myopes experience greater contrast adaptation during reading. Vision Res. 2016 Feb 3;121:1-9. [Epub ahead of print]

Jamison KW, Roy AV, He S, Engel SA, He B. SSVEP Signatures of Binocular Rivalry During Simultaneous EEG and fMRI. J Neurosci Methods. 2015 Mar 30;243:53-62.

Haak KV, Fast E, Bao M, Lee M, Engel SA. Four days of visual contrast deprivation reveals limits of neuronal adaptation. Curr Biol. 2014 Nov 3;24(21):2575-9.

Thompson SK, Engel SA, Olman CA. Larger neural responses produce BOLD signals that begin earlier in time. Front Neurosci. 2014 Jun 12;8:159.

Qin XA, Koutstaal W, Engel SA.The hard-won benefits of familiarity in visual search: naturally familiar brand logos are found faster. Atten Percept Psychophys. 2014 May;76(4):914-30.

Lee, J., Cohen, M. S., Engel, S. A., Glahn, D., Nuechterlein, K. H., Wynn, J. K., & Green, M. F. (2014). Neural substrates of visual masking by object substitution in schizophrenia. Human Brain Mapping. 35(9):4564:62.

Dong, X., Engel, S. A., & Bao, M. (2014). The time course of contrast adaptation measured with a new method: Detection of ramped contrast. Perception, 43(5), 427-37.

Engel SA, Burton PC. Confidence intervals for fMRI activation maps. PLoS One. 2013 Dec 2;8(12):e82419.

Mesik J, Bao M, Engel SA. Spontaneous recovery of motion and face aftereffects. Vision Res. 2013 Aug 30;89:72-8.

Bao M., & Engel S.A. (2012) Distinct mechanism for long-term contrast adaptation. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 109, 5898-903.

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

Bao M, Yang L, Rios C, He B, Engel SA. Perceptual learning increases the strength of the earliest signals in visual cortex. J Neurosci. 2010 Nov 10;30(45):15080-4.

Zhang, P,. Bao, M., Kwon, M., He, S., & Engel, S.A. (2009). Effects of orientation specific visual deprivation measured using altered reality. Current Biology 19, 1956–1960.

Harley, E.M., Pope, W.M., Villablanca, J.P., Mumford, J., Suh, R. Mazziotta, J.C., Enzmann, D. & Engel, S.A. (2009). Engagement of fusiform cortex and disengagement of lateral occipital cortex across the acquisition of radiological expertise. Cerebral Cortex 19(11):2746-54

Engel, S.A. (2008). Computational cognitive neuroscience of the visual system. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 17, 68-72

Engel S.A. (2005). Adaptation of oriented and unoriented color-selective neurons in human visual areas. Neuron 45, 613-23.

Former Graduate Students:

Scott Warren (Ph.D. 2016, Neuroscience, University of Minnesota)