Mintao Zhao

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


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Mintao Zhao

Position: Gastwissenschaftler  Abteilung: Bülthoff


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.


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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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Poster (33):

Zhao M 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 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, 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 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 (November-15-2017) Invited Lecture: Holistic processing in face perception and recognition, Universität Mainz: Institutscolloquium Psychologisches Institut, Mainz, Germany.
Zhao M (Februar-20-2017) Invited Lecture: Visual Processing of faces and spaces, School of Psychology, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.
Zhao M und Bülthoff I (September-21-2016) Invited Lecture: Memory of Own- and Other-Race Faces: Influences of Encoding and Retention Processes, 50. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGPs 2016), Leipzig, Germany.
Leroy C, Zhao M, Butz MV, Bülthoff HH und Meilinger T (März-10-2015) Abstract Talk: Spatial memory in the horizontal and vertical plane, 57th Conference of Experimental Psychologists (TeaP 2015), Hildesheim, Germany 153.
Bülthoff I und Zhao M (Juni-28-2014) Invited Lecture: Perception of Race Information in Same-Race and Other-Race Faces, 6th International Conference on Brain and Cognitive Engineering (BCE 2014), Tübingen, Germany.
Zhao M und Bülthoff I (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 und Bülthoff I (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 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 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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