Faculty & Labs


Ayse P. Saygin

Associate Professor

Homepage: http://www.sayginlab.org/
Email: saygin@cogsci.ucsd.edu

Office: SSRB 202-208
Phone: (858) 822-1994

Research Interests

Cognitive neuroscience, neuropsychology, neuroimaging, visual perception, attention, multisensory integration, biological motion, social neuroscience, language comprehension, human-machine interaction, social robotics.

Featured Publications

Saygin, A.P., Chaminade, T., Ishiguro, H., Driver, J. & Frith, C. (2012) The thing that should not be: Predictive coding and the uncanny valley in perceiving human and humanoid robot actions. Social Cognitive Affective Neuroscience, 7(4):413-22.

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

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): 140-8.

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

Selected Publications

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), pp. 2480-90.

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

Tibber, M., Saygin, A.P., Grant, S., Melmoth, D., Rees, G., & Morgan, M.J. (2010). The neural correlates of visuospatial perceptual and oculomotor extrapolation. PLoS One. 2010 Mar 15;5(3):e9664.

Saygin, A.P., Chaminade, T., Ishiguro, H. (2010) The Perception of Humans and Robots: Uncanny Hills in Parietal Cortex. In S. Ohlsson & R. Catrambone (Eds.), Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 2716-2720). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

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. 18;5(10):e13491.

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.

Saygin, A.P. (2010) A computational analysis of interaction patterns in the acquisition of Turkish. Research on Language and Computation, 8(4): 239–253.

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. 6(3): e16232. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0016232

Saygin, A.P. (2012). Biological motion perception and the brain: Neuropsychological and neuroimaging studies. In K. Johnson & M. Shiffrar (Eds.) Visual Perception of the Human Body in Motion: Findings, Theory, and Practice, Oxford series in Visual Cognition, Oxford University Press. In press.

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

Saygin, A.P. & Stadler. W. (2012) The role of visual appearance in action prediction. Psychological Research. 76(4): 388-94.

Urgen, B.A., Plank, M., Ishiguro, H., Poizner, H., Saygin, A.P. (2012). Temporal Dynamics of Action Perception: The Role of Biological Appearance and Motion Kinematics. 34th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Sapporo, Japan.

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. PMID: 23211992.

Gilaie-Dotan, S., Saygin, A.P., Lorenzi, L., Egan, R., Rees, G., Behrmann, M. (2013) The role of human ventral visual cortex in motion perception. Brain, 136(9): 2784-98.

Saygin, A.P. (2012) What can the brain tell us about interactions with artificial agents and vice versa? 34th Annual Meeting of Cognitive Science Society, Workshop on Teleoperated Androids, Sapporo, Japan.

McCullough, S., Saygin, A.P., Korpics, F. & Emmorey, K. (2012) Motion-sensitive cortex and motion semantics in American Sign Language. Neuroimage, 63(1): 111-8

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., 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.

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., Dick. F. (2014). The emergence of mirror-like response properties from domain-general principles in vision and audition. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 37(2):219.

Urgen, B.A., Plank, M., Ishiguro, H., Poizner, H., Saygin, A.P. (2013) EEG Theta and Mu oscillations during perception of human and robot actions. Frontiers in Neurorobotics, 7:19. doi: 10.3389/fnbot.2013.00019 HTML

Miller, L.E, Longo, M.R., Saygin, A.P. (2014). Tool morphology constrains the effects of tool use on body representations. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. In press.

Hofree G, Urgen BA, Winkielman P, Saygin AP (2015). Observation and imitation of actions performed by humans, androids, and robots: an EMG study. Front. Human Neurosci. 9:364.