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Mintao Zhao

Adresse: Max-Planck-Ring 8
72076 Tübingen
E-Mail: mintao.zhao
   
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Mintao Zhao

Position: Gastwissenschaftler

 

Mintao has moved to the University of East Anglia as a Lecturer in the School of Psychology.  He is currently a Guest Research Scientist in the Department of Human Perception, Cognition, and Action, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics.  He completed his Ph.D. study at the Insititute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.  He then moved to the University of Hong Kong and Brown University for his postdoc training on face processing and spatial navigation.

 

His 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.  He uses multiple research approaches to address these questions, including psychophysics, virtual environment, eye-movement tracking, and functional MRI.

 

For more information about Mintao and his research, please visit here.

Cognitive and Neural Processes Underlying Face Recognition and Spatial Navigation


One primary function of human perception, cognition, and action is to effecitvely interact with the environment.  My research aims to understand two fundamental aspects of these human-environment interactions: (a) how do we perceive, recognize, and interact with faces (i.e., interacting with our soical environment), and (b) how do we perceive, represent, and navigate in spaces (i.e., interacting with our physical environment).

 

The ulitmate goal of my research is to understand the cognitive and neural mechasnisms underlying the dynamic human-environment interactions (i.e., face recognition and spatial navigaiton), and more importantly, to imporve the way we interact with the dynamic physical and social environments (i.e., improve face- and space-related cognitive and social 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?

 

 

 

Holistic Processing of Faces and Non-Face Objects

  • What type of information underlies holistic processing?
  • Is holistic processing related to face recognition ability?

 

 

 

Naturalistic Face Recognition: Dynamic Faces

  • How does facial motion affect holistic processing and ORE?
  • What makes some natural faces more memorable than others?

 

 

 

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?

 

 

 


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Artikel (20):

Zhao M Person und Bülthoff I Person (Oktober-2013) The other-race effect in face recognition is sensitive to face format at encoding Visual Cognition 21(6) 722-725.
Zhao M Person und Hayward WG (Januar-2013) Integrative processing of invariant aspects of faces: Effect of gender and race processing on identity analysis Journal of Vision 13(1:15) 1-18.
Zhao M Person und Hayward WG (April-2010) Holistic processing underlies gender judgments of faces Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics 72(3) 591-596.
Zhao M Person, Zhou G , Mou W , Hayward WG und Owen CB (Juni-2007) Spatial updating during locomotion does not eliminate viewpoint-dependent visual object processing Visual Cognition 15(4) 402-419.
Mou W , Zhao M Person und McNamara TP (Januar-2007) Layout geometry in the selection of intrinsic frames of reference from multiple Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition 33(1) 145-154.
Mou W , Zhao M Person und Li X (2006) [Human spatial memory and spatial navigation] Advance in Psychological Science 14 497-504.
Zhao M Person (2006) [Mental representation of locations and spatial relations of objects in a scene] Advance in Psychological Science 14 321-327.
Zhao M Person und Mou W (Mai-2005) [Orientation specificity of spatial representation in multi-view learning] Acta Psychologica Sinica 27(3) 308-313.

Poster (33):

Zhao M Person und Bülthoff I Person (August-2013): Learning Faces from Multiple Viewpoints Eliminates the Other-Race Effect, 36th European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP 2013), Bremen, Germany, Perception, 42(ECVP Abstract Supplement) 204.
Zhao M Person und Warren W (August-2012): Does Path Integration Serve as a "Reference System" for Detecting Landmark Instability?, 12th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS 2012), Naples, FL, USA, Journal of Vision, 12(9) 198.
Hayward W , Zhao M Person, Cheung S , Wong A , Rhodes G , Chan E und Chan W (Juni-2012): Perception of configural and componential information in own- and other-race faces: An fMRI study, 18th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM 2012), Beijing, China.
Zhao M Person und Warren WH (November-2011): How Do Humans Detect Landmark Instability During Navigation?, 52nd Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Seattle, WA, USA, Abstracts of the Psychonomic Society, 16 78.
Zhao M Person und Warren W (September-2011): Is path integration an automatic process or a back-up system for landmark-based navigation?, 11th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS 2011), Naples, FL, USA, Journal of Vision, 11(11) 929.
Zhao M Person und Warren WH (November-20-2010): Path Integration and Visual Landmarks: Optimal Combination or Multiple Systems?, 51st Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, St. Louis, MO, USA, Abstracts of the Psychonomic Society, 15 133.
Zhao M Person und Warren WH (August-2010): Are path integration and visual landmarks optimally combined in spatial navigation?, International Conference Spatial Cognition (SC 2010), Portland, OR, USA.
Hayward W , Zhao M Person, Cheung O , Rhodes G und Gauthier I (August-2009): Dissociating contributions of configural and component information to the own-race advantage in face recognition, 9th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS 2009), Naples, FL, USA, Journal of Vision, 9(8) 504.
Zhao M Person und Hayward W (August-2009): Holistic gender perception for both own-race and other-race faces, 9th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS 2009), Naples, FL, USA, Journal of Vision, 9(8) 500.
Hayward WG , Zhao M Person und Rhodes G (Juli-2008): Configuration and component processing of own-race and other-races faces, Asia-Pacific Conference on Vision (APCV 2008), Brisbane, Australia.
Mou W , Hayward WG , Zhao M Person, Zhou G und Owen CB (Juni-2006): Spatial updating during locomotion does not eliminate viewpoint dependence in visual object processing, 6th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS 2006), Sarasota, FL, USA, Journal of Vision, 6(6) 316.
Mou W , Zhao M Person und McNamara TP (November-2005): Layout geometry and viewing perspectives in the selection of intrinsic frames of reference, 46th Annual Meeting of The Psychonomic Society, Toronto, ON, Canada, Abstracts of the Psychonomic Society, 10 52.

Vorträge (9):

Zhao M Person und Bülthoff I Person (November-14-2013) Abstract Talk: The other-race effect in face recognition is sensitive to face format at encoding, 21st Annual Conference on Object Perception, Attention, and Memory (OPAM 2013), Toronto, ON, Canada.
Zhao M Person und Bülthoff I Person (November-6-2013) Invited Lecture: The other-race effect in face recognition is sensitive to face format at encoding, The University of Hong Kong: Department of Psychology Seminar, Hong Kong, China.
Zhao M Person und Warren WH (Mai-17-2013) Invited Lecture: Visual and self-motion cues are integrated to improve navigation precision, but compete to determine navigation direction, Spatial Memory: Bayes and Beyond, Richmond, VA, USA.
Mou W , Zhao M Person und McNamara TP (November-28-2006) Abstract Talk: Layout geometry affects the selection of intrinsic frames of reference in spatial memory, National Conference on Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Guilin, China.

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