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I received a PhD from the University of Western Ontario in 1993 and pursued post-doctoral fellowships at Harvard University as well as Stanford University from 1993-96. I became an assistant professor at Laurier in 1996, an associate professor in 2000, and a professor in 2006.
My research focuses on the neural bases of somatosensory and visual perception. I study this using event-related potentials, functional magnetic resonance imaging as well as psychophysical techniques. I have published more than 50 articles on these topics in peer-reviewed journals.
Awards and Achievements
In 1999, I received an inaugural Ontario Premier's Research Excellence Award and was the Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience at Laurier from 2002-11.
My work has been featured on the front page of the National Post.
Since 2009, I have been included in the Canadian Who’s Who.
Student Opportunities / Supervising
Research opportunities are available in my lab for undergraduate and graduate students interested in perceptual neuroscience.
Bancroft, T.D., Hogeveen, J., Hockley, W.E., & Servos, P. (in press). TMS-induced neural noise in sensory cortex interferes with short-term memory storage. Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience.
Bancroft, T.D., Hockley, W.E., & Servos, P. (in press). Does stimulus complexity determine whether working memory storage relies on prefrontal or sensory cortex? Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics.
Servos, P. & Boyd, A. (2012). Probing the neural basis of perceptual phenomenology with the touch-induced visual illusion. PLoS ONE, 7(10): e47788. doi:10.1371/ journal.pone. 0047788.
Planetta, P.J. & Servos, P. (2012). The postcentral gyrus shows sustained fMRI activation during the tactile motion aftereffect. Experimental Brain Research, 216, 535-544.
Bancroft, T.D., Hockley, W.E., & Servos, P. (2011). Vibrotactile working memory as a model paradigm for psychology, neuroscience, and computational modeling. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 5:doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2011.00162.
Servos, P. (2006). Preservation of Emmert’s law in a visual form agnosic. NeuroCase, 12, 122-126.
Kilgour, A.R., Kitada, R., Servos, P., James, T.W., & Lederman, S. (2005). Haptic faceidentification activates ventral occipital and temporal areas: An fMRI study. Brain and Cognition, 59, 246-257.
Overduin, S.A. & Servos, P. (2004). Distributed digit somatotopy in primary somatosensory cortex. NeuroImage, 23, 462-472.
Santi, A., Servos, P., Vatikiotis-Bateson, E., Kuratate, T., & Munhall, K. (2003). Perceiving biological motion: dissociating visible speech from walking. Journal of Cognitive
Neuroscience, 15, 800-809.
Servos, P., Osu, R., Santi, A., & Kawato, M. (2002). The neural substrates of biological motion perception: An fMRI study. Cerebral Cortex, 12, 772-782.
James, T.W., Humphrey, G.K., Gati, J.S., Servos, P., Menon, R.S., & Goodale, M.A. (2002). Haptic study of three-dimensional objects activates extrastriate visual areas. Neuropsychologia, 40, 1706-1714.
Servos, P., Lederman, S., Wilson, D., & Gati, J. (2001). FMRI-derived cortical maps for shape, texture, and hardness. Cognitive Brain Research, 12, 307-313.
Servos, P., Engel, S.A., Gati, J., & Menon, R. (1999). fMRI evidence for an inverted face representation in human somatosensory cortex. NeuroReport, 10, 1393-1395.
Servos, P., Zacks, J., Rumelhart, D.E., & Glover, G.H. (1998). Somatotopy of the human arm using fMRI. NeuroReport, 9, 605-609.
Humphrey, G.K., Goodale, M.A., Jakobson, L.S., & Servos, P. (1994). The role of surface information in object recognition: Studies of a visual form agnosic and normal subjects. Perception, 23, 1457-1481.
Servos, P. & Goodale, M.A. (1994). Binocular vision and the on-line control of human prehension. Experimental Brain Research, 98, 119-127.
Servos, P., Goodale, M.A., & Jakobson, L.S. (1992). The role of binocular vision in prehension: A kinematic analysis. Vision Research, 32, 1513-1521.