Prof. Dr. Paul Taylor

Associate Senior Researcher

Lehrstuhl für Philosophy of Mind


He is a cognitive neuroscientist, and works at the intersection of psychology, neurology and philosophy. He completed his doctoral and postdoctoral training in neuroscience at Oxford and London and came to LMU Munich in 2009, as an LMUexcellent Research Fellow in the department of Psychology. In 2015 He moved to the faculty of Medicine, based in Neurology, before joining the faculty of philosophy and CVBE in 2020.

Current Projects

  • Neural control of movement, perception and awareness
  • Non-invasive brain stimulation using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), transcranial current stimulation (tCS), and their online combination with EEG (i.e. TMS-EEG and tCS-EEG).
  • Spatial cognition, visual-vestibular interaction, and recording/stimulating during locomotion
  • Using brain stimulation to model, study and treat neurological disorders and individual differences
    Science and society – ethics, outreach, open science

  • Schuwerk, T., Grosso, S., Taylor, P.C. The Influence of TMS of the rTPJ on Attentional Control and Mentalizing. Neuropsychologia, accepted.
  • Zinchenko, A., Brunner, S., Chen, L., Shi, Z. Taylor, P.C., Müller, H. (2021) V5/MT+ modulates spatio-temporal integration differently across and within hemifields: causal evidence from TMS. Neuropsychologia, 107995.
  • Obereisenbuchner, F., Dowsett, J., Taylor, P.C. (2021). Self-initiation inhibits the postural and electrophysiological responses to optic flow and button pressing. Neuroscience,
  • Willacker, L., Roccato, M., Can, B., Dieterich, M., Taylor, P.C. (2020). Reducing variability of perceptual decision making with offline theta-burst TMS of dorsal medial frontal cortex. Brain Stimulation, 13(6):1689-1696. doi: 10.1016/j.brs.2020.09.011.
  • Mastropasqua, A., Dowsett, J., Dieterich, M., Taylor, P.C. (2020). Right Frontal Eye Field has perceptual and oculomotor functions during optokinetic stimulation and nystagmus. Journal of Neurophysiology, DOI: 10.1152/jn.00468.2019.
  • Dowsett, J., Dieterich, M., Taylor, P.C. (2020). Mobile steady-state evoked potential recording: dissociable neural effects of real-world navigation and visual stimulation. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, DOI: 10.1016/j.jneumeth.2019.108540.
  • Dowsett, J., Herrmann, C., Dieterich, M., Taylor, P.C. (2019). Shift in lateralization during illusory self-motion: EEG responses to visual flicker at 10 Hz and frequency-specific modulation by tACS. European Journal of Neuroscience, DOI: 10.1111/ejn.14543.
  • Hilbert, S., McAssey, M., Bühner, M.,Schwaferts, P., Gruber, M., Goerigk, S., Taylor, P.C. (2019). Right hemisphere occipital rTMS impairs working memory in visualizers but not in verbalizers. Scientific Reports, 9(1):6307.
  • Willacker, L., Dowsett, J., Dieterich, M., Taylor, P.C. (2019). Egocentric processing in the roll plane and dorsal parietal cortex: A TMS-ERP study of the subjective visual vertical. Neuropsychologia, 127:113-122.
  • Zinchenko, A., Conci, M., Taylor, P.C., Müller, H.J., Geyer, T (2019). Taking attention out of context: frontopolar transcranial magnetic stimulation abolishes the formation of new context memories for visual search. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 31 (3): 442-452.
  • Taylor, P.C. (2018). Combining NIBS with EEG: what can it tell us about normal cognition? Current Behavioral Neuroscience Reports, 5 (2), 165-169.
  • Hell, F., Taylor, P.C., Mehrkens, J.H., Bötzel, K. (2018). Subthalamic stimulation, oscillatory activity and connectivity reveal functional role of STN and network mechanisms during decision making under conflict. Neuroimage, 171, 222-233.
  • Dowsett, J., McAssey, M., Dieterich, M., Taylor, P.C. (2017). Cognition and higher vestibular disorders: developing tools for assessing vection. Journal of Neurology, 264, (S1), 45.
  • Soutschek, A., Taylor, P.C., Schubert, T. (2016). The role of the dorsal medial frontal cortex in central processing limitation: a transcranial magnetic stimulation study. Experimental Brain Research, 234, 2447–2455.
  • Bocca, F., Töllner, T., Müller, H.J., Taylor, P.C. (2015). The right angular gyrus combines perceptual and response-related expectancies in visual search: TMS-EEG evidence. Brain Stimulation, 8(4),816-22.
  • Rangelov, D., Müller, H.J., Taylor, P.C. (2015). Occipital TMS at phosphene detection threshold captures attention automatically. Neuroimage, 109, 199-205.
  • Soutschek, A., Taylor, P.C., Müller, H.J., Schubert, T. (2013). Dissociable Mechanisms Control Conflict during Perception and Response Selection: a Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation study. Journal of Neuroscience, 33(13):5647-5654.
  • Taylor, P.C., Thut, G. (2012). Brain activity underlying visual perception and attention as inferred from TMS-EEG: a review. Brain Stimulation, 5(2), 124-9.
  • Taylor, P.C., Muggleton, N.G., Kalla, R., Walsh,V., Eimer,M. (2011). TMS of the right angular gyrus modulates priming of pop-out in visual search: combined TMS-ERP evidence. Journal of Neurophysiology, 106(6), 3001-9.
  • Taylor, P.C., Walsh,V., Eimer,M. (2010). The neural signature of phosphene perception. Human Brain Mapping, 31(9), 1408-1417.
  • Siebner,H.R., Bergmann,T.O., Bestmann,S., Massimini,M., Johansen-Berg,H., Mochizuki,H., Bohning,D.E., Boorman,E.D., Groppa,S., Miniussi,C., Pascual-Leone,A., Huber,R., Taylor,P.C., Ilmoniemi,R.J., De Gennaro,L., Strafella,A.P., Kahkonen,S., Kloppel,S., Frisoni,G.B., George,M.S., Hallett,M., Brandt,S.A., Rushworth,M.F., Ziemann,U., Rothwell,J.C., Ward,N.S., Cohen,L.G., Baudewig,J., Paus,T., Ugawa,Y., Rossini,P.M. (2009). Consensus paper: Combining transcranial magnetic stimulation with neuroimaging. Brain Stimulation, 2(2), 58-80.
  • Taylor, P.C., Rushworth, M.F. & Nobre, A.C. (2008). Choosing where to attend and the medial frontal cortex: an FMRI study. Journal of Neurophysiology, 100(3):1397-406.
  • O'Shea J., Taylor P.C., Rushworth M.F. (2008). Imaging causal interactions during sensorimotor processing. Cortex, 44(5), 598-608.
  • Taylor, P.C., Walsh V., Eimer M. (2008). Combining TMS and EEG to study cognitive function and cortico-cortico interactions. Behavioural Brain Research, 191(2), 141-7.
  • Rushworth, M.F., & Taylor, P.C. (2007). A paradoxical role for inhibition in initiation. Neuron, 54(5), 669-670.
  • Stringer, S.M., Rolls, E.T., & Taylor, P. (2007). Learning movement sequences with a delayed reward signal in a hierarchical model of motor function. Neural Networks, 20(2), 172-181.
  • Taylor, P.C., Nobre, A.C., & Rushworth, M.F. (2007). FEF TMS affects visual cortical activity. Cerebral Cortex, 17(2), 391-399.
  • Taylor, P.C., Nobre, A.C., & Rushworth, M.F. (2007). Subsecond changes in top down control exerted by human medial frontal cortex during conflict and action selection: a combined transcranial magnetic stimulation electroencephalography study. The Journal of Neuroscience, 27(42), 11343-11353.
  • Rushworth, M.F., & Taylor, P.C. (2006). TMS in the parietal cortex: updating representations for attention and action. Neuropsychologia, 44(13), 2700-2716.
  • Taylor, P.C., Nobre, A.C., & Rushworth, M.F. (2006). Combining correlation and interference methods in the human brain. Focus on "Cortico-cortical interactions in spatial attention: A combined ERP/TMS study". Journal of Neurophysiology, 95(5), 2731-2732.