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Yue Chen: Visual Psychophysiology Laboratory

Some people with neuropsychiatric disorders literally see the world differently, leading to functional challenges and distress in their life. Scientists in the Visual Psychophysiology Laboratory study the brain mechanisms involved in visual perception, focusing on schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism, and aging. Guided by science, we develop therapeutic strategies that enhance visual and cognitive function, promote a more integrated view of the world, and improve patients’ quality of life.

Visual processing is a highly active research field within neuroscience and psychiatry. Its potential lies in translating the knowledge of this extensively explored field of brain and behavioral science into relevant psychiatric research.

Analysis of visual processing enables us to locate deficits in different levels of brain mechanisms and develop perceptual training programs that can address them.

For example, our lab has identified specific brain mechanisms that link to certain vision-related traits and states of schizophrenia. These findings are contributing to the development of meaningful assessments and interventions for the disorder.

The Visual Psychophysiology Laboratory was founded in 2004.