Ayse Pinar Saygin - Faculty Neurograd Program - UC San Diego Health Sciences
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Ayse Pinar Saygin, PhD

Ayse Pinar Saygin, PhD

Associate Professor


Contact Information

Department of Cognitive Science
Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology Lab
Office: 858-822-4403
Email: saygin@cogsci.ucsd.edu 
Lab: http://sayginlab.ucsd.edu 

At the Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology Lab, we are interested how humans perceive and process meaningful, biologically relevant stimuli in the environment, with a focus on as body movements, actions and other social stimuli. We work with a range of behavioral and neuroimaging methods , healthy and clinical subject populations. We are also interested in exploring neural processes supporting social cognition with human as well as nonhuman agents (such as robots and 3D virtual characters). Despite the diversity in our research, we aim to establish links between processes traditionally considered to be perceptual or motor, and those that are considered to be higher level or complex. Examples of such domains are body movement and action perception, social cognition, language comprehension and spatial attention.

Gilaie-Dotan, S., Kanai, R., Bahrami, B., Rees, G., Saygin, A.P. (2013) Structural neural correlates of biological motion detection ability. Neuropsychologia, 51(3):457-63.

Miller, L.E. & Saygin, A.P. (2013) Intersubject variability in the perception of biological motion: Links to social cognition and motor imagery. Cognition, 128(2):140-148.

Gilaie-Dotan, S., Saygin, A.P., Lorenzi, L., Rees, G., Behrmann, M. (2013) The role of human ventral visual cortex in motion perception. Brain. In press.

van Kemenade, B.M., Muggleton, N., Walsh, V., Saygin, A.P. (2012) The Effects of TMS over STS and Premotor Cortex on the Perception of Biological Motion. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 24(4): 896–904.

Saygin, A.P. & Stadler. W. (2012) The role of visual appearance in action prediction. Psychological Research. In Press.

Saygin, A.P., Chaminade, T., Ishiguro, H., Driver, J. & Frith, C. (2011) The thing that should not be: Predictive coding and the uncanny valley in perceiving human and humanoid robot actions. Social Cognitive Affective Neuroscience. In press.

De-Wit, L., Lefevre, C., Kentridge, R., Rees, G. & Saygin, A.P. (2011) Investigating the status of biological stimuli as objects of attention in multiple object tracking. PLoS One. 31;6(3):e16232. PMID: 21483844

Gilaie-Dotan, S., Bentin, S., Harel, A., Rees, G. & Saygin, A.P. (2011) Normal form from biological motion despite impaired ventral stream function. Neuropsychologia. 49(5), 1033-43. PMID: 21237181.

Leech, R. & Saygin, A.P. (2011). Distributed processing and cortical specialization for speech and environmental sounds in human temporal cortex. Brain and Language, 116(2): 83-90. PMID: 21167584.

Saygin, A.P., Cook, J., Blakemore, S-J. (2010) Unaffected perceptual thresholds for biological and non-biological form-from-motion perception in Autism Spectrum Conditions. PLoS ONE, 5(10): e13491.

Saygin, A.P., McCullough, S. Alac, M & Emmorey, K. (2010) Modulation of BOLD response in motion sensitive lateral temporal cortex by real and fictive motion sentences. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 22(11), 2480-90.

Saygin, A.P., Leech, R., & Dick, F. (2010) Nonverbal auditory agnosia with lesion to Wernicke’s area. Neuropsychologia, 48: 107-113.

Cook, J., Saygin, A.P., Swain, R., & Blakemore, S.J. (2009) Reduced sensitivity to minimum-jerk biological motion in autism spectrum conditions. Neuropsychologia, 47(14): 3275-8.

Cummings, A., Saygin, A.P., Bates, E., & Dick, F. (2009) Infants’ recognition of meaningful verbal and nonverbal sounds. Language Learning and Development, 5: 172–190.

Saygin, A.P. & Sereno, M.I. (2008) Retinotopy and attention in human occipital, temporal, parietal and frontal cortex. Cerebral Cortex, 18(9): 2158-68.

Saygin, A.P., Driver, J., de Sa, V.R. (2008) In the footsteps of biological motion and multisensory perception: Judgments of audio-visual temporal relations are enhanced for upright walkers. Psychological Science, 19(5): 469-75.

Saygin, A.P. (2007) Superior temporal and premotor brain areas necessary for biological motion perception. Brain, 130: 2452-2461.

Borovsky, A., Saygin, A.P., Dronkers, N., Bates. E. (2007) Lesion correlates of conversational speech production deficits. Neuropsychologia, 45(11): 2525-33.

Dick, F., Saygin, A.P., Galati, G., Pitzalis, S., Bentrovato, S., D’Amico, S., Wilson, S., Bates, E., Pizzamiglio, L. (2007) What is involved and what is necessary for complex linguistic and non-linguistic auditory processing: evidence from fMRI and lesion data. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 19(5): 799-816.

Hagler Jr, D.J., Saygin, A.P., & Sereno, M.I. (2006) Smoothing and cluster thresholding for cortical surface-based group analysis of fMRI data. Neuroimage, 33: 1093-1103.

Saygin, A.P., Wilson, S.M., Hagler Jr., D.J., Bates, E., & Sereno, M.I. (2004) Point-light biological motion perception activates human premotor cortex. Journal of Neuroscience, 24: 6181 - 6188.

Saygin, A.P., Wilson, S.M. Dronkers, N. & Bates, E. (2004) Action comprehension in aphasia: Linguistic and non-linguistic deficits and their lesion correlates. Neuropsychologia, 42: 1788-1804.

Wilson, S.M., Saygin, A.P., Sereno, M.I., & Iacoboni, M. (2004) Listening to speech activates motor areas involved in speech production. Nature Neuroscience, 7: 701 - 702.

Dick, F., Saygin, A.P., Moineau, S., Aydelott, J., & Bates, E. (2004) Language in an embodied brain: The role of animal models. Cortex, 40: 226-227.

Wilson, S.M. & Saygin, A.P. (2004) Grammaticality judgment in aphasia: Deficits are not specific to syntactic structures, aphasic syndromes or lesion sites. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 16 (2): 238-52.

Bates, E., Wilson, S.M., Saygin, A.P., Dick, F., Sereno, M.I., Knight, R., Dronkers, N. (2003) Voxel-based lesion-symptom mapping. Nature Neuroscience, 6(5), 448-450.

Saygin, A.P., Dick, F., Wilson, S.M., Dronkers, N.F. & Bates, E. (2003) Neural resources for processing language and environmental sounds: Evidence from aphasia. Brain, 126(4): 928-945.

Saygin, A.P., Cicekli, I., & Akman, V. (2000) Turing Test: 50 years later. Minds and Machines, 10(4): 463-518.