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Lawrence Ward

Professor
Department of Psychology
Psychophysics and Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory


Email: lwa...@psych.ubc.ca
Phone: 604 822-6309

Web pages: Lab webpage

 

Education

  • PhD, Exprimental Psychology, Duke University
  • AB, Harvard University cum laude

Keywords

  • the cognitive neuroscience of attention and consciousness with special emphasis on EEG and MEG studies of neuronal synchronization
  • biophysics and psychophysics of stochastic resonance
  • fundamental psychophysics, particularly psychophysical scaling, measurement theory, and signal detection theory
  • nonlinear dynamical systems theory and its applications in cognitive neuroscience

Research Interests

Cognitive neuroscience of attention and consciousness with special emphasis on EEG and MEG studies of neuronal synchronization; psychophysics, biophysics and general theory of stochastic resonance; psychophysics and cognitive neuroscience of tinnitus; neural plasticity; nonlinear dynamical systems theory and its applications in cognitive neuroscience.


Selected Publications

Green, J.J., Doesburg, S.M., Ward, L.M. & McDonald, J.J. (in press) Electrical neuroimaging of voluntary audio-spatial attention: Evidence for a supramodal attention control network. Journal of Neuroscience

Ward, L.M., MacLean, S.E. & Kirschner, A. (2010). Stochastic resonance modulates neural synchronization within and between cortical sources. PLoS ONE, 5(12), e14371 (1-12). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0014371.

Roberts, L.E., Moffat, G., Baumann, M., Ward, L.M., & Bosnyak, D.J. (2009). Residual inhibition overlaps tinnitus spectra and the region of auditory threshold shift. Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, 9, 417–435.

Doesburg, S.M., Green, J.J., McDonald, J.J. & Ward, L.M. (2009). Rhythms of consciousness: Binocular rivalry reveals large-scale oscillatory network dynamics mediating visual perception. PLoS ONE, 4(7), e6142 (1-14). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0006142.

Ward, L.M. & Baumann, M. (2009). Measuring tinnitus magnitude using constrained scaling. American Journal of Audiology,18, 119-128.

Ward, L.M., Doesburg, S.M., Green, J.J. & McDonald, J.J. (March 2009) Rhythms of consciousness: binocular rivalry reveals large-scale oscillatory network dynamics mediating visual awareness. Slide Session talk at 2009 Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco.

MacLean, S. & Ward, L.M. (March 2009) Synchronous interactions and functional organization of auditory change detection. Poster presentation at the 2009 Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco.

Emberson, L., Kitajo, K. & Ward, L.M. (March, 2009) Intermediate levels of uncoordinated gamma-band activity facilitate behavioral responses to simple visual stimuli. Poster presentation at the 2009 Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco.

Doesburg, S.M., Green, J.J., McDonald, J.J. & Ward, L.M. (2009) From local inhibition to long-range integration: a functional dissociation of alpha-band synchronization across cortical scales in visuospatial attention. Brain Research, 1303C, 97-110. doi:10.1016/j.brainres.2009.09.069.

Ward, L.M. (2009). Physics of neural synchronization mediated by stochastic resonance. Contemporary Physics, 50, 563–574.

Wright, R. D., & Ward, L. M. (2008). Orienting of Attention. New York: Oxford University Press. (292+xiv pages)

Doesburg, S.M., Roggeveen, A.B., Kitajo, K. & Ward, L.M. (2008) Large-scale gamma-band phase synchronization and selective attention. Cerebral Cortex, 18(2), 386-396. (2007 online doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhm073).

Doesburg, S.M., Emberson, L., Rahi, A., Cameron, D. & Ward, L.M. (2008). Asynchrony from synchrony: Gamma-band neural synchrony and perception of audiovisual speech asynchrony. Experimental Brain Research, 185(1): 11-20. (2007 online DOI 10.1007/s00221-007-1127-5).

 

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Courses taught

PSYC 465 Computer Modeling of Psychological Theories, COGS 401 Seminar in Cognitive Systems, PSYC 583 Special Topics in Cognitive Science: Consciousness, COGS 300 Understanding and Designing Cognitive Systems

 

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