Likova Lab

Brain Plasticity, Learning & Neurorehabilitation

The main areas of my research are neuroplasticity, brain mechanisms of art and learning, blindness rehabilitation through cognitive and spatiomotor training, vision deficits in TBI, and multimodal sensorimotor processing in the blind and the sighted. My lab takes an interdisciplinary approach that incorporates multiple brain imaging techniques including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), functional MRI (fMRI) coupled with a unique multimodal motion-capture system, diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), tensor-based brain morphometry (TBM), and electroencephalography (EEG).


Journal Articles
Likova, L. T., Mei, M., Mineff, K. N., & Nicholas, S. C.. (2019). Learning face perception without vision: Rebound learning effect and hemispheric differences in congenital vs late-onset blindness. Imaging Science And Technology: Human Vision And Electronic Imaging. Human Vision and Electronic Imaging 2019
Karim, R., & Likova, L. T.. (2018). Haptic aesthetics in the blind: Behavioral and fMRI investigation. Imaging Science And Technology: Human Vision And Electronic Imaging, 532: 1-10. 10.2352/ISSN.2470-1173.2018.14.HVEI-532
Likova, L. T., & Tyler, C. W.. (2018). When light hurts: Comparative morphometry of human brainstem in traumatic photalgia. Nature Scientific Reports, 8(1):6256. 10.1038/s41598-018-24386-z
Tyler, C. W., & Likova, L. T.. (2017). Studying the Retinal Source of Photophobia by Facial Electroretinography. Optometry And Vision Science, 94(4). PMID: 28338564
Cacciamani, L., & Likova, L. T.. (2017). Memory-guided drawing training increases Granger causal influences from the perirhinal cortex to V1 in the blind. Neurobiology Of Learning And Memory, 141. PMID: 28347878 PMCID: PMC 5488874
Conference Papers
Likova, L. T. Face perception as a multisensory process. In Multisensory and Crossmodal Interactions, at IS&T HVEI. Multisensory and Crossmodal Interactions, at IS&T HVEI: Burlingame, California. Retrieved from
Other Publications
Tyler, C. W., & Likova, L. T.. (2014). The neurometabolic underpinnings of fMRI BOLD dynamics. In Advanced Brain Neuroimaging Topics in Health and Disease-Methods and Applications:. InTech.
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