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Jeffrey M. Yau, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Department of Neurology

Johns Hopkins University


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Phone: (443) 287-6430



Ph.D., Neuroscience
Johns Hopkins University


B.S., Psychology
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Research Interests

I am interested in multisensory processing and perception. The brain filters and combines inputs from the different sensory modalities to create stable and coherent neural representations. I study these processes in humans using combinations of psychophysics, non-invasive brain stimulation, and functional neuroimaging.

Current Projects

I am currently using transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) to investigate crossmodal recruitment of visual and auditory cortex for tactile perception. I am also using concurrent TMS-fMRI (which enables one to deliver brain stimulation in the MRI scanner) to explore brain connectivity.

Selected Publications

Bensmaia, S.J., Hollins, M., & Yau, J. (2005) Vibrotactile intensity and frequency information in the Pacinian system: a psychophysical model, Perception and Psychophysics, 67(5), 828-841.


Berryman, L.J., Yau, J.M., & Hsiao, S.S. (2006) Representation of object size in the somatosensory system, Journal of Neurophysiology, 96(1), 27-39.


Yau, J.M., Olenczak, J.B, Dammann, J.F., & Bensmaia, S.J. (2009) Temporal frequency channels are linked across audition and touch, Current Biology, 19(7), 561-566.


Yau, J.M., Hollins, M., & Bensmaia, S.J. (2009) Textural timbre: the perception of surface microtexture depends in part on multimodal spectral cues, Communicative & Integrative Biology, 2(4), 1-3.


Yau, J.M., Pasupathy, A., Fitzgerald, P.J., Hsiao, S.S., & Connor, C.E. (2009) Analogous intermediate shape coding in vision and touch, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), 106(38), 16457-16462.


Lane, J.W., Fitzgerald, P.J., Yau, J.M., Pembeci, I., & Hsiao, S.S. (2009) A tactile stimulator for studying passive shape perception, Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 185(2), 221-229.

Yau, J.M., Weber, A.I., & Bensmaia, S.J. (2010) Separate mechanisms for audio-tactile pitch and loudness interactions, Frontiers in Psychology, doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2010.00160.