Joseph DeSouza

Associate Professor

Systems Neuroscience

Locations / Contact Info:

0009c Lassonde Building - LAS
Keele Campus
Ext. 22946

Email address(es):

Web site(s):

Dr. Joseph DeSouza's Lab

Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - Department of Psychology


PhD Neuroscience - 2001
London, ONT



Selected Publications

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Bar RJ & DeSouza JFX. Tracking plasticity: Effects of long-term rehearsal in experts encoding music to movement. PLoS ONE, 11(1), e0147731. 


Chan JL, Kucyi A & DeSouza JFX (2015) Stable Task Representations under Attentional Load Revealed with Multivariate Pattern Analysis of Human Brain Activity. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 1-12. 


Dhami P, Moreno S & DeSouza, JFX (2015) New Framework for Rehabilitation - Fusion of Cognitive and Physical Rehabilitation: The Hope for Dancing. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 1478-1471.  

Barnett-Cowan M, Soeizi M & DeSouza JFX (2015) Visual attention at the tip of the tongue. i- Perception, 6(1), 1-4. 


Di Noto PM, Uta S & DeSouza JFX (2013) Eye exercises enhance accuracy and letter recognition, but not reaction time, in a modified rapid serial visual presentation task. PLoS ONE, 8(3), e59244. 

Pynn LK & DeSouza JFX (2013) The function of efference copy signals: implications from symptoms of Schizophrenia. Vision Research, 76, 124-33. 

DeSouza JFX, Keith GP, Yan X, Blohm G, Wang H & Crawford JD (2011) Intrinsic reference frames of superior colliculus visuomotor receptive fields during head-unrestrained gaze shifts. Journal of Neuroscience, 50, 18313-26, 

Ovaysikia S, Chan JL, Tahir KA & DeSouza JFX (2011) Word wins over Face: Emotional Stroop effect activates the frontal cortical network. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 4, 234-43. 

DeSouza JFX, Menon RS & Everling S (2003) Neural correlates for preparatory set associated with prosaccades and anti-saccades in humans investigated with event-related fMRI. Journal of Neurophysiology, 89, 1016-23. 


Other Research Outputs


National Ballet School Dance with Parkinson's program



NSERC Create Grant

Centre for Vision Research



Service/Community Activities

Calumet College Academic Advisor (2008-2012 July)

Director of Interdisciplinary Studies (2016-17)


Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program (CCSEP) - Sabbatical - 2012


Currently available to supervise graduate students: Yes

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: Yes

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: Yes

Current Research

My specific research interests lie within the realms of eye, head and visually guided movements, multisensory processing, motion processing pathways and how these mechanisms are modulated by attentional mechanisms.

I use a cognitive and systems neuroscience approaches using the technologies of eye movement recordings, functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), magnetoencephalography (MEG) and electrophysiology.


Research Projects

Role: Principal Investigator
Year Funded: 2013
Funded by: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council

Neural Mechanisms behind Dance Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease
Our studies are conducted at the National Ballet School's Dance with Parkinson's and Sarah Robichaud's DwP throughout Toronto
Role: Principal Investigator
Amount funded: $44,999
Year Funded: 2013
Duration: 1
Funded by: Other...
Other funding: Parkinson's Society of Canada

Curriculum Vitae (C.V. file):

CV of Joseph FX DeSouza