Ladan Shams Phd


Associate Professor
Department of Psychology

7445B FH

Research Interests

Research in our laboratory is concerned with the question of how the brain integrates the information from different sensory modalities into one coherent percept. We are interested in the question of multisensory integration from various aspects: how different sensory modalities interact; what brain mechanisms are involved, and what computational principles and mechanisms govern the interactions. We probe these questions using behavioral and neuroimaing studies in humans, as well as mathematical modeling. Other topics of interest in our laboratory are perceptual learning, and adaptation.


Recent Papers

  1. Kim R., Peters M.A., Shams L., “0 + 1 > 1: how adding noninformative sound improves performance on a visual task,” Psychol Sci. 2012 Jan 1;23(1):6-12. Epub 2011 Nov 29.
  2. Shams L., Wozny D.R., Kim R., Seitz A., “Influences of multisensory experience on subsequent unisensory processing,” Front Psychol. 2011;2:264. Epub 2011 Oct 18.
  3. Shams L., Beierholm U.R., “Causal inference in perception,” Trends Cogn Sci. 2010 Sep;14(9):425-32. Epub 2010 Aug 11. Review.
  4. Shams L., Kim R., “Crossmodal influences on visual perception,” Phys Life Rev. 2010 Sep;7(3):269-84. Epub 2010 Apr 22. Review. 
  5. Kim R. Seitz A., Feenstra H., Shams L., “Testing assumptions of statistical learning: is it long-term and implicit?” Neurosci Lett. 2009 Sep 18;461(2):145-9. Epub 2009 Jun 17.
  6. Shams L., Seitz A.R., “Benefits of multisensory learning,” Trends Cogn Sci. 2008 Nov;12(11);411-7. Review.
  7. Wozny D.R., Beierholm U.R., Shams L., “Human trimodal perception follows optimal statistical inference,” J Vis. 2008 Mar 27;8(3):24.1-11.
  8. Kims R.S., Seitz A.R., Shams L., “Benefits of stimulus congruency for multisensory facilitation of visual learning,” PLoS One. 2008 Jan 30;3(1):e1532. 
  9. Shams L., Ma W.J., Beierholm U., “Sound-induced flash illusion as an optimal percept,” Neuroreport. 2005 Nov 28;16(17):1923-7.
  10. Violentyev A., Shimojo S., Shams L., “Touch-induced visual illusion,” Neuroreport. 2005 Jul 13;16(10):1107-10.