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Mintao Zhao

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

Position: Guest Scientist

 

Mintao has been moved to the Univeristy of East Anglia as a Lecturer in the Shool of Psychology.  He is currently a Guest Research Scientist in the Department of Human Perception, Cognition, and Actioin, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics.  He completed his PhD study in the Insititute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.  He then moved to the University of Hong Kong and Brown Univeristy 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, please visit his personal website.

 

 

 

Recent News & Research Updates

 

Oct. 14, 2016

 

Our study on the role of facial motion on holistic face processing is accepted for publication in Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, Cognition.



Oct. 23, 2015

 

Our study on holistic processing, expertise, and the domain-specificity of human faces is accepted for publication in Psychological Science.


 

July 09, 2015

 

Our study about the role of face-based informaiton in holistic face processing is accepted for publication in Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition.



May 11, 2015

 

Our study on the role of path integration (based on self-motion informaiton) in human navigation is accepted for publication in Cognition.



Feb. 03, 2015

 

Our study investigating how self-motion and visual landmarks interact in human navigation is accepted for publication in Psychological Science.

 


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?

 

 

 


 

EDUCATION

 

2007

 

2001

 

Ph.D. (Cognitive Psychology)

Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

BA (Education)

School of Education, Henan University, China

 

APPOINTMENTS

 

2012–

 

 

2009–2012

 

 

2007– 2009

 

Research Scientist

Department of Human Cognition, Perception, and Action

Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Germany

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Department Cognitive, Linguistic, & Psychological Sciences

Brown University, USA

Postdoctoral Fellow

Department of Psychology

The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

 

AFFILIATIONS & SERVICES

 

Association for Psychological Science;  Psychonomic Society;  Vision Sciences Society;

Spatial Network (SILC)

 

Grant proposal reviewer

Israel Science Foundation (ISF)

 

Ad hoc reviewer

Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics;  Behavioral Brain Research;  British Journal of Psychology; Cognition; Cognitive Psychology; Experimental Brain Research;  Frontiers in Psychology (Review editor for Frontiers in Cognitive Science);  Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience;  Journal of Cognitive Psychology; Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition;  Journal of Vision;  Perception;  PLoS ONE;  Psychonomic Bulletin & Review; Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology;  Vision Research;  Visual Cognition; 

Acta Psychologica Sinica (in Chinese);  Advance in Psychological Science (in Chinese).

 


RESEARCH INTERESTS

 

Face Perception and Recognition

Spatial Cognition and Navigation

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

Peer-reviewed articles

  • Hinterecher, T., Leroy, C., Zhao, M., Butz, M. V., Bülthoff, H. H., & Meilinger, T.  (2017).  No advantage for remembering horizontal over vertical spatial locations learned from a single viewpoint. Memory & Cognition, in press .
  • Zhao, M., & Bülthoff, I. (2017). Holitic processing of static and moving faces. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 43(7), 1020-1035.
  • Zhao, M., Bülthoff, H. H., & Bülthoff, I. (2016). Beyond faces and expertise: Facelike holitic processing of nonface objects in the absence of expertise. Psychological Science, 27(2), 213-222.
  • Zhao, M., Bülthoff, H. H., & Bülthoff, I. (2016). A shape-based account for holistic face processing. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 42(4), 584-597.
  • Zhao, M., & Warren, W. H. (2015). Environmental stability modulates the role of path integration in human navigation. Cognition, 142, 96-109.
  • Zhao, M., & Warren, W. H. (2015). How you get there from here: Interaction of visual landmarks and path integration in human navigation. Psychological Science, 26(6), 915-924.
  • Zhao, M., Hayward, W. G., & Bülthoff, I.(2014). Holistic processing, contact, and the other-race effect in face recognition.  Vision Research, 105, 61-69.
  • Zhao, M., Hayward, W. G., & Bülthoff, I. (2014). Face format at encoding affects the other-race effect in face memory. Journal of Vision, 14(9):6, 1-13.
  • Zhao, M., Cheung, S-H., Wong, A. C-N., Rhodes, G., Chan, E. K. S., Chan, W. W. L., & Hayward, W. (2014). Processing of configural and componential information in face-selective cortical areas. Cognitive Neuroscience, 5(3-4), 160-167.
  • Zhao, M., & Hayward, W. G. (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., & Hayward, W. G. (2010). Holistic processing underlies gender judgments of faces. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 72, 591-596.
  • Zhao, M., Zhou, G., Mou, W., Hayward, W. G., & Owen, C. B. (2007). Spatial updating during locomotion does not eliminate viewpoint dependence in visual object processing. Visual Cognition, 14, 402-419.
  • Mou, W., Zhao, M., & McNamara, T. P. (2007). Layout geometry in the selection of intrinsic frames of reference from multiple viewpoints. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 33, 145-154.
  • Mou, W., Zhao, M., & Li, X. (2006). Human spatial memory and spatial navigation.  Advance in Psychological Science, 14, 497-504. (In Chinese).
  • Zhao, M. (2006). Mental representation of locations and spatial relations of objects in a scene. Advance in Psychological Science, 14, 321-327. (In Chinese).
  • Zhao, M., & Mou, W. (2005). Orientation specificity of spatial representation in multi-view learning. Acta Psychologica Sinica, 37, 308-313. (In Chinese).

 

Conference proceeding

  • Zhao, M., & Bülthoff, I. (2013). The other-race effect in face recognition is sensitive to face format at encoding. Visual Cognition, 26, 722-725.

 

Working Manuscripts

  • Zhao, M., Rhodes, G., Cheung O. S., Zhou, G., Bülthoff, I., & Hayward, W. G. (in revision). Face recognition following study of scrambled face features.
  • Zhao, M., Bülthoff, H. H., & Bülthoff, I. (in preparation). Long-term memory of own- and other-race faces.
  • Zhao, M., & Warren, W. H. (in preparation). Sensing environmental stability during navigation.

 

 

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

  • Zhao, M., Srismith, D., & Bülthoff, I. (2017, May). How does representation of faces change with increasing familiarity?  Annual Meeting of Vision Science Society, St. Pete Beach, FL, USA.
  • Zhao, M. (2016, September). Memory of own- and other-race faces: Influence of encoding and retention processes. Symposium on social categorization and face processing.  50th Conference of Germany Society for Psychology (DGPs), Leipzig, Germany
  • Srismith, D., Zhao, M., & Bülthoff, I. (2016, August). Precise representation of persoanlly, but not visually familiar faces. Annual Meeting of European Conference on Visual Perception, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Zhao, M., & Bülthoff, I. (2016, August). Holistic processing of static and rigidly moving faces. Annual Meeting of European Conference on Visual Perception, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Zhao, M., & Bülthoff, I. (2016, May). Holistic processing of unfamiliar line patterns. Annual Meeting of Vision Sciences Society, St Pete Beach, FL.
  • Zhao, M., & Bülthoff, I. (2015, May). Intrinsic face memorability predicts short- and long-term memory of static and dynamic faces. Annual Meeting of Vision Sciences Society, St Pete Beach, FL.
  • Bülthoff, I., & Zhao, M. (2015, May). What type of facial information underlies holistic face processing. Annual Meeting of Vision Sciences Society, St Pete Beach, FL.
  • Leroy, C., Zhao, M., Butz, M., Bülthoff, H.H. & Meilinger, T. (2015, March). Spatial memory in the horizontal and vertical plane.  The 57th Conference of Experimental Psychologists (Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen), March 8-11, Hildesheim, Germany
  • Zhao, M., & Bülthoff, I. (2014, August). Long-term memory of own-race and other-race faces. Annual Meeting of European Conference on Visual Perception, Belgrade, Serbia.
  • Zhao, M., & Bülthoff, I. (2014, May). Face race affects various types of face processing, but affects them differently. Annual Meeting of Vision Sciences Society, St Pete Beach, FL.
  • Zhao, M., & Bülthoff, I. (2013, November). The other-race effect in face recognition is sensitive to face format at encoding. Annual Workshop on OPAM, Toronto, Canada.
  • Zhao, M., & Bülthoff, I. (2013, August). Learning faces from multiple viewpoints eliminates the other-race effect. Annual Meeting of European Conference on Visual Perception, Bremen, Germany.
  • Zhao, M., &Warren, W. H. (2013, May). Visual and self-motion cues are integrated to improve navigation precision, but compete to determine navigation direction. Invited presentation at Spatial Memory Conference, Bayesian and Beyond, Richmond, VA.
  • Warren, W. H., & Zhao, M. (2012, June). Interaction of visual landmarks and path integration in human navigation. Realism to Relevance:  An Ecological Approach to Perception, Action, and Cognition. A Festschrift to Honor the Scientific and Mentoring Contributions of Herbert L. Pick, Jr., Minneapolis, MN.
  • Hayward, W., Zhao, M., Cheung, S., Wong, A., Rhodes, G., Chan, E., Chan, W. (2012, June). Perception of configural and component information in own-race and other-race faces: An fMRI study. Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Beijing, China.
  • Zhao, M., & Warren, W. H. (2012, May). Does path integration serve as a ‘reference system’ for detecting landmark instability? Annual Meeting of Vision Sciences Society, Naples, FL.
  • Warren, W. H., & Zhao, M. (2011, December). Interaction of visual landmarks and path integration in human navigation. Bravi Symposium: Visually guided navigation and scene perception, Boston, MA.
  • Zhao, M., & Warren, W. H. (2011, November). How do humans detect landmark instability during navigation? Annual Meeting of Psychonomics Society, Seattle, WA.
  • Zhao, M., & Warren, W. H. (2011, May). Is path integration an automatic process or a back-up system for landmark-based navigation? Annual Meetings of Vision Sciences Society, Naples, FL.
  • Zhao, M., & Warren, W. H. (2010, November). Path integration and visual landmarks: Optimal combination or multiple systems? Annual Meeting of Psychonomics Society, St. Louis, MO.
  • Zhao, M., & Warren, W. H. (2010, August). Are path integration and visual landmarks optimally combined in spatial navigation? Spatial Cognition 2010, Portland, OR.
  • Zhao, M., & Hayward, W. G. (2009, May). Holistic perception of face gender for both own-race and other-race faces. Annual Meetings of Vision Sciences Society, Naples, FL.
  • Hayward, W. G., Zhao, M., Cheung, O., Rhodes, G., & Gauthier, I. (2009, May). Dissociating contributions of configural and component information to the own-race advantage in face recognition. Annual Meetings of Vision Sciences Society, Naples, FL.
  • Hayward, W. G., Zhao, M., & Rhodes, G. (2008, July). Configuration and component processing of own-race and other-race faces. The Asian-Pacific Conference on Vision, Brisbane, Australia.
  • Mou, W., Zhao, M., & McNamara, T. P. (2006, November). Layout geometry affects the selection of intrinsic frames of reference in spatial memory. National Conference on Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Guilin, China.
  • Mou, W. Hayward, W. G., Zhao, M., Zhou, G., & Owen, C. B. (2006, May). Spatial updating during locomotion does not eliminate viewpoint dependence in visual object processing. Annual Meetings of Vision Sciences Society, Sarasota, FL.
  • Mou, W., Zhao, M., & McNamara, T. P. (2005, November). Layout geometry and viewing perspectives in the selection of intrinsic frames of reference. Annual Meeting of Psychonomics Society, Toronto, ON, Canada.

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Articles (17):

Zhao M Person and Bülthoff I Person (October-2013) The other-race effect in face recognition is sensitive to face format at encoding Visual Cognition 21(6) 722-725.
Zhao M Person and Hayward WG (January-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 and 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 and Owen CB (June-2007) Spatial updating during locomotion does not eliminate viewpoint-dependent visual object processing Visual Cognition 15(4) 402-419.
Mou W , Zhao M Person and McNamara TP (January-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 and 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 and Mou W (May-2005) [Orientation specificity of spatial representation in multi-view learning] Acta Psychologica Sinica 27(3) 308-313.

Posters (28):

Zhao M Person and 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 and 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 and Chan W (June-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 and Warren WH (November-3-2011): 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 and 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 and 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 and 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 and 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 and 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 and Rhodes G (July-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 and Owen CB (June-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 and 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.

Talks (7):

Zhao M Person and 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 and 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 and Warren WH (May-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 and 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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