Bosco Tjan is an Assistant Professor of Psychology
What kind of
research do you conduct?
I apply a combination of computational
analysis, human psychophysics, and neural imaging to
study the brain mechanisms pertained to object recognition,
scene perception, and reading.
a typical semester, how many undergraduates do you work
with? What kind of research activities do the undergraduate
I work with three undergraduates. In my laboratory,
undergraduate research students are trained and given
responsibilities similar to those of a first-year graduate
student. These includes experimental design, computer
programming, construction of apparatus, data collection
and analysis, and dissemination of research results
(poster presentation, technical reports).
What are some
of your recent undergraduate projects?
He C. & Tjan B.S. (2004). <a
href=”http://journalofvision.org/4/8/508/”>What crowds a letter in the
periphery?</a> Annual Meeting of Vision Sciences Society, Sarasota,
FL. [Chen He was a recipient of the WiSE grant. She was a winner in the
Interdisciplinary category at the USC Undergraduate Research Symposium, and
her work was recognized at a special ceremony during the commencement. She
joined the prestige Teach for America program after graduation and plans
to attend medical school.]
Hall J., Tjan B.S., Liu Z., Lee C.K.,
Motamed A., & Nezhad M. (2004). <a href=”http://journalofvision.org/4/8/253/”>Tracking
a stereo-kinetic ellipse.</a> Annual Meeting of Vision Sciences Society,
Sarasota, FL. [Hall, Lee, Motamed, and Nezhad received the Honorable Mention
in the Social Science category at the USC Undergraduate Research Symposium
for their work. Hall joined the Southern California College of Optometry
after graduation; Lee entered graduate school at Rutgers to study Cognitive
Science; Motamed and Nezhad are premed. students.]
Dang S., Tjan B.S. Chung S.T.L. (2003).
<a href=”http://journalofvision.org/3/9/207/”>Spatial phase related
nonlinearity in alignment of contours.</a> Annual Meeting of Vision
Sciences Society, Sarasota, FL. [Sabin Dang is a premed. student, who has
also made significant contributions for setting up the data server at the
USC Dana & David Dornsife Cognitive Neuroscience Imaging Center.]
Kairys C., Barabi K., Estrada A. (2002) Spatial memory distortion across
boundaries. USC Undergraduate Symposium and and the 11th Annual UCLA Psychology
Undergraduate Research Conference [This work received Honorable Mention in
the Social Science category. Kairys is currently a graduate student at the
Pepperdine University, studying Clinical Psychology. Estrada is a master
student at USC studying Social Work.]
out more about Dr. Tjan and his research, please
visit his homepage.