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.
Face Processing in Mind, Brain, and Machine
Can computational models account for human face processing behaviour?
How can human and machine face processing learn from each other?
Holistic Processing of Faces and Nonface Objects
What type of information underlies holistic processing?
Is holistic processing related to face recognition ability?
Navigation in Real and Virtual Environment
How do people use visual and non-visual cues for navigation?
What determines our sense of direction during navigation?
Neural Mechanisms of Recognition and Navigation
How does the brain represents faces and spaces?
What brain networks support recognition and navigation?
Spatial Ability: Clinical Relevance and Educational implications
Can we use spatial ability to mark preclinical diseases?
Can we use spatial ability to predict STEM achievements?
Other-Race Effect (ORE) in Face Memory
Why do people have difficulty recognizing other-race faces?
How to reduce such difficulty in eyewitness memory?
The representation of idiosyncratic facial information is more precise than the representation of categorical facial information (e.g., gender, race, etc.) in memory, even for faces that we are very familiar with.
In this fMRI study, we show that the subcategories of body information can be decoded using neural responses in both body- and face-responsive brain areas.
Mintao met with the head of school, Prof. Han, to discuss potential collaboration in student training and research. He gave talks about psychological science and nursing at the school and at the Gansu Provincial Hospital.
The way humans represent spatial information may be fundamentally different from that inferred from the cellular activity observed during rodent navigation.
Our commentary highlights that optimal cue combination does not represent a general principle of cue interaction during human navigation.
A body-based reference frame can be preferred over an environment-based reference frame for representing vertical spatial locations in memory.
Mintao 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.
Face Perception & Recognition
Spatial Cognition & Navigation
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