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Kaspar Meyer

Adjunct Assistant Professor (Research) of Psychology

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-4758
Office: HNB 120D



M.D. , University of Zurich, Switzerland, 2006
B.S. Pre-med, University of Lausanne, Switzerland, 2003

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Adjunct Assistant Professor (Research) of Psychology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA, 2012-  
Resident Physician in Anesthesiology, University Hospital Zürich, Switzerland, 2012-  
Assistant Professor (Research) of Psychology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA, 2010-2012  
Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA, 2009-2010  
Visiting Scholar (sponsored by Swiss National Science Foundation), University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA, 2007-2009  
Resident Physician in Internal Medicine, Cantonal Hospital Münsterlingen, Switzerland, 2006-2007  
Research Assistant in Neuroeconomy, University of Zürich, Switzerland, 2005-2006  
Research Assistant in Neurophysiology, University of Fribourg, Switzerland, 2001-2005  

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

My main interest lies in the elucidation of the neural bases of perception and consciousness. So far, my work has included both theoretical models and empirical studies, the latter with an emphasis on functional magnetic resonance imaging. Since July 2012, I have also worked as a resident physician in anesthesiology at Zürich University Hospital in Switzerland. I would eventually like to establish a research project situated in the area of overlap between cognitive neuroscience and clinical anesthesiology, as it appears that these two fields can greatly benefit from one another: on the one hand, anesthesiology can create exciting new research approches for cognitive neuroscience, as it allows us to purposefully alter a person's state of consciousness; on the other, cognitive neuroscience can be used to elucidate how that loss of consciousness can be explained in neurophysiological and neuropharmacological terms.


Book Chapter

Damasio, A., Meyer, K. (2009). Consciousness: An Overview of the Phenomenon and of Its Possible Neural Basis. The Neurology of Consciousness pp. 3-14. Elsevier. Link

Journal Article

Man, K., Kaplan, J. T., Damasio, A., Meyer, K. (2012). Sight and sound converge to form modality-invariant representations in temporo-parietal cortex. J Neuroscience. Vol. 32, pp. 16629-16636. Link
Kaplan, J. T., Meyer, K. (2012). Multivariate pattern analysis reveals common neural patterns across individuals during touch observation. NeuroImage. Vol. 60, pp. 204-212. Link
Meyer, K. (2012). Another remembered present. Science. Vol. 335, pp. 415-416. Link
Meyer, K., Kaplan, J. T., Essex, R., Damasio, H., Damasio, A. (2011). Seeing touch is correlated with content-specific activity in primary somatosensory cortex. Cerebral Cortex. Vol. 21, pp. 2113-2121. Link
Meyer, K. (2011). Primary sensory cortices, top-down projections and conscious experience. Progress in Neurobiology. Vol. 94, pp. 408-417. Link
Meyer, K., Kaplan, J. T. (2011). Cross-modal multivariate pattern analysis. Journal of Visualized Experiments. Vol. 57, pp. e3307. Link
Meyer, K., Kaplan, J. T., Essex, R., Webber, C., Damasio, H., Damasio, A. (2010). Predicting visual stimuli on the basis of activity in auditory cortices. Nature Neuroscience. Vol. 13, pp. 667-668. Link
Meyer, K., Damasio, A. (2009). Convergence and divergence in a neural architecture for perception and memory. Trends in Neurosciences. Vol. 32, pp. 376-382. Link
Damasio, A., Meyer, K. (2008). Behind the looking glass. Nature. Vol. 454, pp. 167-168. Link
Meyer, K. (2008). How does the brain localize the self?. Science. Link
Meyer, K., Rouiller, E. M., Loquet, G. (2007). Direct comparison between properties of adaptation of the auditory nerve and the ventral cochlear nucleus in response to repetitive clicks. Hearing Research. Vol. 228, pp. 144-155. Link
Knoch, D., Pascual-Leone, A., Meyer, K., Treyer, V., Fehr, E. (2006). Diminishing reciprocal fairness by disrupting right prefrontal cortex. Science. Vol. 317, pp. 829-832. Link
Loquet, G., Meyer, K., Rouiller, E. M. (2003). Effects of intensity of repetitive acoustic stimuli on neural adaptation in the ventral cochlear nucleus of the rat. Experimental Brain Research. Vol. 153, pp. 436-442. Link

Honors and Awards

Grant for Prospective Researchers, awarded by the Swiss National Science Foundation ($ 70,000.-), 2007-2009  
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