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Below are Announcements of Opportunity posted by Caltech faculty for the Amgen Scholars program.

Announcements of Opportunity are posted as they are received. Please check back regularly for new AO submissions! Remember: This is just one way that you can go about identifying a suitable project and/or mentor. For additional tips on identifying a mentor click here.

Please remember:

  • Students pursuing Amgen must be U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, or students with DACA status.
  • Students pursuing Amgen must complete the 10-week program from June 21 - August 25, 2023. Students must commit to these dates. No exceptions will be made.
  • Accepted students must live in provided Caltech housing.

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Project:  Venturing into the unseen
Discipline:  Neuroscience
Mentor:  Shinsuke Shimojo, Baltimore Professor of Experimental Psychology, (BBE), sshimojo@caltech.edu
Mentor URL:  https://neuro.caltech.edu/  (opens in new window)
AO Contact:  Ailene Chan, chanyca@caltech.edu
Background:  Our daily perceptual experience is multisensory, meaning that our brains decode and integrate multimodal signals to make sense of the world. What happens when one sense (i.e., vision) is partially lost? Intriguingly, neuroscientists have discovered the perceptual filling-in phenomenon, which the visual system fills in information on scotomas (regions on the visual field where no information is available, either due to vision loss, blind spots, or artificial induction). Studies to date have explored this phenomenon along one sensory domain – vision. However, we are interested in whether other modalities such as audition and/or touch could enhance or alter the filling in process. Cross-modal filling in is of particular interest to neuroscientists because it questions the nature of vision. Is vision visual because the information originates from light stimulation on the retina, or it is still “vision” even if the visual information is encoded by alternate modalities? This investigation will help elucidate how different senses work together and enhance our current understanding of visual processing.
Description:  The student will help design, prepare and perform psychophysical experiments on human subjects.
References:  https://doi.org/10.1038/nrn1869
Student Requirements:  An enthusiastic student with background in neuroscience, psychology, biology, or computer science. Computer programming skills in MATLAB/python. Experience with Arduino coding and 3D printing preferred but not required.
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       Amgen Scholars    Non-Caltech students only  
       SURF    both Caltech and non-Caltech students 

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