Likova Lab Director
My goal is to integrate multiple brain imaging techniques including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), functional MRI (fMRI) coupled with a unique motion-capture system, diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), tensor-based brain morphometry (TBM), and electroencephalography (EEG) to study neuroplasticity, brain mechanisms of art and learning, rehabilitation of blindness, memory and spatial cognition, vision deficits in TBI, and multimodal sensorimotor processing across levels of visual impairment.
Likova, L. T., & Tyler, C. W.. (2018). Comparative tensor-based morphometry of human brainstem in traumatic photophobia. Nature: Scientific Reports, (6256). Retrieved from https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-24386-z (Original work published 2018)
Karim, R., & Likova, L. T.. (2018). Haptic aesthetics in the blind: A behavioral and fMRI investigation. Is&t: Human Vision And Electronic Imaging.
Likova, L. T., & Cacciamani, L.. (2018). (in press) Transfer of Learning in People Who Are Blind: Enhancement of Spatial-Cognitive Abilities through Drawing. Journal Of Visual Impairment & Blindness.
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. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.nlm.2017.03.013 (Original work published 2017)
Tyler, C. W., & Likova, L. T.. (2017). Studying the Retinal Source of Photophobia by Facial Electroretinography. Optometry And Vision Science, 94(4). http://doi.org/10.1097/OPX.0001064
Likova, L. T. (2017). Addressing long-standing controversies in conceptual knowledge representation in the temporal pole: A cross-modal paradigm. Electronic Imaging: Human Vision And Electronic Imaging, Pp. 268-272(5). http://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.2352/ISSN.2470-1173.2017.14.HVEI-155
Tyler, C. W., Howarth, C., & Likova, L. T.. (2016). Editorial:“Neural signal estimation in the human brain”. Frontiers In Neuroscience, 10, 185. http://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.3389/fnins.2016.00185
Karim, A. K. M. Rezaul, Proulx, M. J., & Likova, L. T.. (2016). Anticlockwise or Clockwise? A Dynamic Perception-Action-Laterality Model for Directionality Bias in Visuospatial Functioning. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neubiorev.2016.06.032
Cacciamani, L., & Likova, L. T.. (2016). Tactile object familiarity in the blind brain reveals the supramodal perceptual-mnemonic nature of the perirhinal cortex. Frontiers In Human Neuroscience, 10, 92. http://doi.org/ 10.3389/fnhum.2016.00092
Tyler, C. W., Likova, L. T., Mineff, K. N., & Nicholas, S. C.. (2015). Deficits in the activation of human oculomotor nuclei in chronic traumatic brain injury. Frontiers In Neurology, 6(173), 9. http://doi.org/doi: 10.3389/fneur.2015.00173
Tyler, C. W., Likova, L. T., & Nicholas, S. C.. (2015). Analysis of Neural-BOLD Coupling Through Four Models of the Neural Metabolic Demand. Frontiers In Neuroscience, 9. http://doi.org/doi: 10.3389/fnins.2015.00419.
Likova, L. T. (2014). Learning-Based Cross-Modal Plasticity in the Human Brain: Insights from Visual Deprivation fMRI. Advanced Brain Neuroimaging Topics In Health And Disease-Methods And Applications, 327–358. http://doi.org/10.5772/58263
Likova, L. T. (Jan 2013). A cross-modal perspective on the relationships between imagery and working memory. Frontier In Psyhology , 3. http://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00561 (Original work published 2013)
Tyler, C. W., & Likova, L. T.. (2012). The role of the visual arts in enhancing the learning process. Frontiers In Human Neuroscience, 6. http://doi.org/ 10.3389/fnhum.2012.00008
Likova, L. T. (2012). Drawing enhances cross-modal memory plasticity in the human brain: a case study in a totally blind adult. Front. Hum. Neurosci, 6, 3389. http://doi.org/ 10.3389/fnhum.2012.00044
Tyler, C. W., & Likova, L. T.. (2011). Estimating neural signal dynamics in the human brain. Frontiers In Systems Neuroscience, 5. http://doi.org/ 10.3389/fnsys.2011.00033
Likova, L. T. (2010). The primary visual cortex as a modality-independent ‘screen’ for working memory. Journal Of Vision, 10(7). http://doi.org/10.1167/10.7.776 (Original work published 2010)
Likova, L. T., & Tyler, C. W.. (2007). Stereomotion processing in the human occipital cortex. Neuroimage, 38, 293–305. http://doi.org/org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2007.06.039
Tyler, C. W., Likova, L. T., Kontsevich, L. L., & Wade, A. R.. (2006). The specificity of cortical region KO to depth structure. Neuroimage, 30, 228–238. http://doi.org/doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2005.09.067
Likova, L. T., & Tyler, C. W.. (2004). Is the hMT+/V5 complex in the human brain involved in stereomotion perception? An fMRI study. Electronic Imaging 2004. http://doi.org/10.1117/12.568026 (Original work published 2004)
Likova, L. T., & Tyler, C. W.. (2003). Spatiotemporal relationships in a dynamic scene: stereomotion induction and suppression. Journal Of Vision, 3. http://doi.org/10.1167/3.4.5
Likova, L. T., & Tyler, C. W.. (2003). Peak localization of sparsely sampled luminance patterns is based on interpolated 3D surface representation. Vision Research, 43, 2649–2657. http://doi.org/org/10.1016/S0042-6989(02)00575-8
Likova, L. T. (2015). Temporal evolution of brain reorganization under cross-modal training: insights into the functional architecture of encoding and retrieval networks. In IS&T/SPIE Electronic Imaging. International Society for Optics and Photonics. http://doi.org/ 10.1117/12.2178069
Likova, L. T. (2010). Drawing in the blind and the sighted as a probe of cortical reorganization. In IS&T/SPIE Electronic Imaging XV. Human Vision and Electronic Imaging. http://doi.org/10.1117/12.849116 (Original work published 2010)
Likova, L. T., & Tyler, C. W.. (2007). Instantaneous stimulus paradigm: cortical network and dynamics of figure-ground organization. In Electronic Imaging XII, 64921E. International Society for Optics and Photonics. http://doi.org/10.1117/12.707556 (Original work published 2007)
Likova, L. T., & Tyler, C. W.. (2005). Transient-based image segmentation: top-down surround suppression in human V1. In Electronic Imaging 2005. Human Vision and Electronic Imaging. http://doi.org/10.1117/12.610865 (Original work published 2005)
Likova, L. T. (2018). Brain reorganization in adulthood underlying a rapid switch in handedness induced by training in memory-guided drawing. In Open Access Peer-Reviewed Chapter In “Neuroplasticity”. Ed. Chaban V.. Neuroplasticity. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.5772/intechopen.76317
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. http://doi.org/10.5772/58274
The main areas of my research are learning and brain plasticity of multimodal sensorimotor processing in the blind and the sighted.