Dr. Zhong-Lin Lu

Director of Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Brain Imaging; Professor, Cognititve

The goal of Lu's research program is to construct computational brain models for perception and cognition. He conducts research on: (1) computational & psychophysical study of visual and auditory perception, attention, and perceptual learning, (2) functional brain imaging study of sensory and attentional processes, human decision making, and reading, and (3) visual deficits in dyslexia, amblyopia & Alzheimer's disease. He has more than 150 publications in these areas.

Lu received his bachelor's degree in theoretical physics from the University of Science and Technology of China in 1989 and his master's and doctorate degree in physics from New York University in 1992. Before joining OSU, he was the William M. Keck Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience, Professor of Psychology and Biomedical Engineering, and co-Director of the Dana and David Dornsife Cognitive Neuroscience Imaging Center, University of Southern California. Lu is a fellow of the Society of Experimental Psychologist and Association for Psychological Science.

Selected Publications

Lu, Z.-L. & Dosher B. (2008) Characterizing observers using external noise and observer models: assessing internal representations with external noise. Psychological Review, 115(1):44-82.

Li, X., Lu, Z.-L., Tjan, B. S., Dosher, B. & Chu, W. (2008) Blood oxygenation level-dependent contrast response functions identify mechanisms of covert attention in early visual areas. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, USA, 105: 6202-6207.

Huang, C. B., Zhou, Y. & Lu, Z.-L. (2008) Broad bandwidth of perceptual learning in the visual system of adults with anisometropic amblyopia. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, USA, 105: 4068-4073.

Sperling, A. J., Lu, Z.-L., Manis, F. R. & Seidenberg, M. S. (2005) Deficits in template formation may underlie the etiology of developmental dyslexia, Nature Neuroscience, 7 (8), 862-863.

Lu. Z.-L., Neuse, J., Madigan, S., & Dosher, B., (2005) Decay of iconic memory in observers with mild cognitive impairment, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, USA, 102, 1797-1802.

Petrov, A., Dosher, B. & Lu, Z.-L., (2005) Perceptual learning through incremental channel reweighting. Psychological Review, 112 (4), 715-743.

Lu, Z.-L. & Sperling, G. (2001) The three systems that compute visual motion: Review and update, Journal of the Optical Society of America, A, 18 [Feature Issue: Second-order Processes in Vision], 2331-2370.

Lu, Z.-L. & Dosher, B. (1998) External noise distinguishes mechanisms of attention. Vision Research, 38, 1183-1198.

Lu, Z.-L. & Sperling, G., (1995) Attention-generated apparent motion. Nature, 379: 237-239.

Lu, Z.-L., Williamson, S. J. & Kaufman, L., (1992) Behavioral lifetime of human sensory memory predicted by physiological measures. Science, 258: 1668-1670.



Arts and Sciences Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Brain Imaging 

Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences 


  • Bachelor's Degree in Theoretical Physics from the University of Science and Technology of China
  • Master's and Doctorate degree in Physics from New York University

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