University of Minnesota
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Sheng He

Sheng He

Sheng He

Psychology 253 Elt H 75 E River Rd

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Significant advances have been made in our quest to understand the human brain. Among the different structures and functions of the brain, the visual brain and visual function are probably the best understood, yet some of the basic questions still remain unanswered. Our group is currently working on the following questions:

- Where is the bottleneck that limits spatial and temporal visual resolution?
- What determines access to visual awareness, and what is the functional role of awareness?
- How does the visual system resolve ambiguities?
- What is the function of visual attention?
- How does the brain combine different visual features to generate a coherent perception?
We use both psychophysical and brain imaging methods.

For more details, visit Sheng He's lab web page.


  • cognitive neuroscience
  • human vision and attention
  • visual awareness
  • visual system
  • psychophysics and functional brain imaging

Educational Background

  • Ph. D.: University of California, San Diego, California, 1995.


  • Human visual cortex responds to invisible chromatic flicker.: He, Sheng, Jiang, Y., Zhou, K., Nature Neuroscience, 10(5) 657-62, 2007.
  • A gender and sexual orientation-dependent spatial attentional effect of invisible images.: He, Sheng, Jiang Y, Costello P, Fang F, Huang M., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 103(45) 17048-52, 2006.
  • Cortical responses to invisible objects in the human dorsal and ventral pathways.: He, Sheng, Fang F., Nature Neuroscience, 8(10) 1380-5, 2005.
  • Viewer-Centered Object Representation in the Human Visual System Revealed By Viewpoint Aftereffect.: He, Sheng, Fang F., Neuron, 45 793-800, 2005.
  • Competing global representations fail to initiate binocular rivalry.: He, Sheng, Carlson, T., Neuron, 43 907-14, 2004.
  • Orientation-Selective Adaptation and Tilt Aftereffect from invisible patterns: He, Sheng, D. MacLeod, Nature, 411 473-476, 2001.
  • Attentional resolution and the locus of visual awareness: He, Sheng, P. Cavanagh & J. Intriligator, Nature, 383 334-337, 1996.


  • Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, 1999 - 2002
  • James S. McDonnell Foundation, "Bridging Brain, Mind, and Behavior" Award, 2002 - 2007
  • McKnight Land-Grant Professorship, University of Minnesota, 2000 - 2002

Courses Taught

  • Psy 3005 - Research Methods and Statistics
  • Psy 5062 - Cognitive Neuropsychology
  • Psy 8970 - Graduate seminar on attention, psychophysical methods
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