Our research focuses on human face recognition and spatial navigation, aiming to unravel how people perceive and represent faces and spaces, and how people use these representations to recognize faces and to navigate between places.
We use multiple research approaches to address these questions, including psychophysics, virtual environment, eye-movement tracking, computational modelling, and functional MRI.
Holistic Processing of Faces
What type of information underlies holistic processing?
Is holistic processing related to face recognition ability?
Other-Race Effect (ORE) in Face Memory
Why do people have difficulty recognizing other-race faces?
How to reduce such difficulty in eyewitness memory?
Processing of Dynamic Faces
How does facial motion affect holistic processing and the ORE?
What makes some natural faces more memorable than others?
Comparing face processing between human and machine
Can computational models account for human face processing behaviour?
How can human and machine face processing learn from each other?
Cue Interaction in Human Navigation
How do people use visual and non-visual cues for navigation?
What determines our sense of direction during navigation?
Neural Mechanisms Supporting Recognition and Navigation
How does the brain represents faces and spaces?
What brain networks support recognition and navigation?
We are looking for a PhD student staring from Fall 2018.
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Dr. Zhao visited Prof Meinhardt's lab and gave a talk about holistic processing in face perception and recognition.
Spatial memory of locations distributed along vertical planes is similar to memory of locations distributed along horizontal planes.
Holistic face processing represents a general principle that guides visual perception of both static and moving faces.
Face-like holistic processing can be activated by salient Gestalt information in non-face objects without any training, challenging prevailing theories.
Holistic face processing is mediated by perceptual organization of facial shape information, but not facial surface information.
Environmental stability affects the role of path integration as a backup or reference system in human navigation..
Visual landmarks and path integration follow different principle of cue interaction to guide navigation accuracy and navigation precision.
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