Tommy Sprague

Postdoctoral Fellow

CV; GitHub; Open Science Framework


Ph.D. in Neurosciences with a Specialization in Computational Neurosciences, University of California, San Diego, CA- 2010-2016 (Adviser: John Serences)
B.A. in Cognitive Science with a Specialization in Neuroscience, Rice University, Houston, TX – 2006-2010
Research Assistant, Baylor College of Medicine, Laboratory for Perception and Action with David Eagleman, 2007-2010

Honors & Awards

NIH National Research Service Award – 2017-present
Leon Thal Award for Outstanding Neurosciences Graduate Student – 2015
Vision Sciences Society Travel Award – 2015
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship- 2010

Research Interests

How does the brain support behaviors requiring visual spatial cognition? I use multivariate analysis techniques applied to fMRI, EEG, and MEG data, along with causal interventions (TMS) to evaluate where, when, and how neural representations of visual information are represented in the human brain. Stay tuned for further updates.

Publications: research reports

Sprague, T.C., Itthipuripat, S., Vo., V.A., and Serences, J.T. (Under review). Dissociable signatures of visual salience and behavioral relevance across attentional priority maps in human cortex. [bioRxiv preprint]

Ester, E.F., Sprague, T.C., and Serences, J.T. (Under review). Category learning biases sensory representations in human cortex. [bioRxiv preprint]

Vo., V.A., Sprague, T.C., and Serences, J.T. (2017). Spatial tuning shifts increase the discriminability and fidelity of population codes in visual cortex. Journal of Neuroscience. [pdf] [data & code]

Sprague, T.C., Ester, E.F., and Serences, J.T. (2016). Restoring latent visual working memory representations in human cortex. Neuron. [pdf] [data] [code]

Samaha, J., Sprague, T.C., and Postle, B.R. (2016). Decoding and reconstructing the focus of spatial attention from the topography of alpha-band oscillations. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.

Ester, E.F., Sprague, T.C., and Serences, J.T. (2015). Parietal and frontal cortex encode stimulus-specific mnemonic representations during visual working memory. Neuron.

Sprague, T.C., Ester, E.F. and Serences, J.T. (2014). Reconstructions of information in visual spatial working memory degrade with memory load. Current Biology.

Itthipuripat S., Garcia, J.O., Rungratsameetaweemana, N. Sprague, T.C., Serences, J.T. (2014). Changing the spatial scope of attention alters the pattern of neural gain in human cortex. Journal of Neuroscience.

Sprague, T.C. and Serences, J.T. (2013). Attention modulates spatial priority maps in human occipital, parietal and frontal cortices. Nature Neuroscience.

Publications: reviews, commentaries & book chapters

*Ester, E.F., *Rademaker, R.L. and *Sprague, T.C. (2016). How do visual and parietal cortex contribute to visual short-term memory? Peer reviewed commentary on “Decoding the content of visual short-term memory under distraction in occipital and parietal areas” by Bettencourt & Xu, 2016 (* indicates equal contribution). eNeuro.

Sprague, T.C., Saproo, S. and Serences, J.T. (2015). Attention mitigates information loss in small- and large-scale neural codes. Trends in Cognitive Sciences. [tutorial and code]

Sprague, T.C. and Serences, J.T. (2015). Using human neuroimaging to examine top-down modulations of visual perception. An Introduction to Model-based Cognitive Neuroscience, eds. Birte Forstmann & E-J Wagenmakers.