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Teng Lab

Welcome to the Cognition, Action, and Neural Dynamics Laboratory at SKERI

We study auditory, visual, and haptic perception, echolocation, and assisted mobility in sighted and blind persons. Using a combination of psychophysical, neurophysiological, engineering, and computational tools, we aim to better understand how people perceive the world, especially when vision is unavailable.

What kinds of projects are we working on?

Check the Project links below for detailed project pages (many still under construction).

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García-Lázaro, H. G., & Teng, S.. (2021). Neural representation of physical and perceived environmental acoustics. Date Published 10/2021, Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC): Virtual.
Teng, S. (2021). Common and distinct mechanisms in blind and sighted reading. Date Published 09/2021, Bay Area Vision Research Day: Berkeley, CA (Virtual).
Teng, S. (2021). Echolocation: A practical overview of sonar for adaptive neurotechnology. Date Published 07/2021, National Center for Adaptive Neurotechnologies Focus Course: Virtual.
García-Lázaro, H. G., Wong-Kee-You, A. M. B., Alwis, Y., & Teng, S.. (2021). Making remote studies accessible during COVID: A SKERI case study on web-based psychophysical research with blind participants. Date Published 07/2021, Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) Annual Meeting: Virtual.
García-Lázaro, H. G., Alwis, Y., & Teng, S.. (2021). Neural encoding of temporal and spectral statistical regularities of reverberant environments. Date Published 06/2021, Organization for Human Brain Mapping Annual Meeting: Virtual.
Teng, S. (2020). Fusing non-simultaneous multimodal data to understand neural dynamics across timescales. Date Published 07/2020, Organization for Human Brain Mapping Annual Meeting: Virtual (originally Montreal, Canada).
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  • Four-panel schematic illustrating an echolocation target, initially blurry, becoming progressively more sharply defined.

    SKERI researcher awarded grant to model human echolocation

    The National Eye Institute has awarded an R21 grant to Santani Teng, an Associate Scientist at Smith-Kettlewell, to model perceptual mechanisms of echolocation.
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    Haydée García-Lázaro receives the Elsevier/Vision Research Virtual Travel...

    Haydée García-Lázaro, a postdoctoral fellow at SKERI working at TengLab received the Elsevier/Vision Research Virtual Travel Award 2021 from the Vision Sciences Society
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    Haydée García-Lázaro receives FoVea Award 2021 from Vision Sciences Society

    The FoVea Travel and Networking Award has the mission to advance the visibility, impact, and success of women in vision science. It is open to female members of the Vision Science Society (VSS) in pre-doctoral, post-doctoral, pre-tenure faculty, or research scientist positions. Haydée García-Lázaro, a postdoctoral fellow at SKERI working with Dr Satani Teng, received the FoVea Travel and Networking Award 2021 from Females of Vision et al., & Vision Sciences Society.
  • SKERI Scientists Spearhead a Face Shield Making Campaign

    Founded by Dr. Santani Teng, the Bay Area Face Shield Supply (BAFSS) has sent hundreds of face shields to healthcare workers in the community. Dr. Teng has been working with Drs Audrey Wong-Kee-You and Cecile Vullings, along with other volunteers across the Bay Area to provide life-saving personal protective equipment to healthcare workers as they work with COVID-19 pateints.
  • A schematic diagram showing a neural activation map superimposed on a head, which is emitting sound waves that a nearby surface is reflecting.

    SKERI researcher awarded grant to study echolocation

    Santani Teng, an Associate Scientist at Smith-Kettlewell , has been awarded a three-year grant from The E. Matilda Ziegler Foundation for the Blind and Visually Impaired to study the neural processes of echolocation. Like bats and dolphins, some blind people use active echolocation : they make sounds and use the reflections to perceive and interact with their surroundings. These sounds, often in...