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 and Nonface Objects
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?
Visual Processing of Dynamic Faces
How does facial motion affect holistic processing and the ORE?
What makes some natural faces more memorable than others?
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?
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 of Recognition and Navigation
How does the brain represents faces and spaces?
What brain networks support recognition and navigation?
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.
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.
Face Perception & Recognition
Spatial Cognition & Navigation
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