Research Center


The Brain and Consciousness Research Center (BCRC)

TMU Research Center of Brain and Consciousness  (RCBC)

  TMU Research Center of Brain and Consciousness (RCBC) is unique to Taiwan in several respects: (i) It integrates cognitive neuroscience, experimental psychology, and the science of consciousness with the pedagogy, research, and clinical practice of the three hospitals that compose the TMU network including, but by no means limited to, the Departments of Neurology, Psychiatry, Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, and Anesthesiology. (ii) It integrates 1st person, subjective methodologies with 3rd person, inter-subjective techniques in order to understand what patients experience and how these conscious experiences are realized in virtue of the brain’s activity, both neural correlates and neural predispositions. (iii) It integrates psychometrics with a host of technologies that provide excellent temporal (e.g., EEG), spatial (e.g., MRI & fMRI), brain stimulation (e.g., TMS & tDCS), and biochemical (MRS & PET) data, in order to make substantive contributions to translational medicine. (iv) It collaborates with TMU’s several Colleges and hospitals, targeting issues in Translational Medicine, in order to expedite the discovery of new diagnostic tools and treatments. (v) In order to encompass all aspects of consciousness, including its relatedness to non-conscious mental states, the Institute integrates investigations into levels of consciousness (e.g., sleep, unresponsive wakefulness syndrome [UWS], mild traumatic brain injury [MTBI], and anesthesia) with investigations into the contents of consciousness (e.g., Major Depressive Disorder [MDD], Dementia, Schizophrenia, and Monothematic Delusions). And, (vi) it integrates scientific research on moral behavior, in both healthy subjects (e.g., religion) and patient populations (e.g., dementia), with philosophical research in ethics, thereby positioning us to contribute to the burgeoning field of neuroethics, a nascent field that applies what we are learning from neuroscience to improved understanding of free will, moral and legal culpability, religious conviction, human values, as well as conditions under which the capacity for selfhood is lost.


Cultivation of Young Scholars: Philosophy of Consciousness (CYSPC)

 This project, was funded by Taiwan’s Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), and was managed in coordination with the philosophy departments of National Chung Cheng University, National Tsing Hua University, National Yang Ming University, and National Chengchi University. We funded student research projects, study groups, workshops, conferences, students who range from university freshmen to Ph.D. candidates. In order to continue this project, we created a research center--the Taipei Medical University Research Center for Brain & Consciousness ( http://consciousbrain.tmu.edu.tw/index.php ) that carries out inter-disciplinary research focusing on issues related to consciousness and cognition.   Much of this research is inspired by philosophical questions that previously could not be studied scientifically; fortunately the advent of modern neuroimaging technology has made these novel lines of research possible.  Moreover, in order to extend the pedagogical aspects of this project, we have created a Graduate Institute of Mind, Brain, and Consciousness ( http://consciousbrain.tmu.edu.tw/index.php?action=about&Sn=16 ).  Formal student enrollment begins in the Fall of 2017.   Because many early activities related to the Center and the Institute were made possible by The Cultivation of Young Scholars' Project, we have retained this webpage in the hope that it will assist those who wish to gain a more complete picture of our activities and collaborations.     .


Center for Arts and Humanities (CAH) 

The Center for Arts and Humanities (CAH) at Taipei Medical University has been formally established in October, 2015 under the directorship of Professor Dominic Cheung (Chang Ts’o), an endowed chair professor at TMU and a senior faculty of the Dept. of Comparative Literature, and Dept. of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Southern California in the US. CAH has already begun a series of pedagogical programs that include formal classes for regularly enrolled students, lectures, and book publications. These pedagogical aspects will expand and be integrated with various lines of research and faculty recruitment over the next several years.  

Courses are taught in the Center under various guises of symposia, General Education classes, and professional short-term workshops. The main objective is to elevate arts and humanities in promoting a higher level of wholistic human life and to integrate the quality as well as the value of life into the field of medical sciences. Renowned scholars and artists in the various field of arts and humanities were invited to lecture to TMU faculties, researchers, students and outside guests on music, paintings, gastrology, gender studies, visual and material culture, natural sciences and botanical illustrations.




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