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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  Unit: 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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Articles (17):

Hinterecker T, Leroy C, Zhao M, Butz MV, Bülthoff HH and Meilinger T (January-2018) No advantage for remembering horizontal over vertical spatial locations learned from a single viewpoint Memory & Cognition 46(1) 158–171.
Zhao M and Bülthoff I (July-2017) Holistic Processing of Static and Moving Faces Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition 43(7) 1020-1035.
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Zhao M, Bülthoff HH and Bülthoff I (April-2016) A shape-based account for holistic face processing Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition 42(4) 584-597.
Zhao M, Bülthoff HH and Bülthoff I (February-2016) Beyond Faces and Expertise: Facelike Holistic Processing of Nonface Objects in the Absence of Expertise Psychological Science 27(2) 213-222.
Zhao M and Warren WH (September-2015) Environmental stability modulates the role of path integration in human navigation Cognition 142 96–109.
Zhao M and Warren WH (June-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 WG and Bülthoff I (December-2014) Holistic processing, contact, and the other-race effect in face recognition Vision Research 105 61–69.
Zhao M, Cheung S-H, Wong AC-N, Rhodes G, Chan EKS, Chan WWL and Hayward WG (November-2014) Processing of configural and componential information in face-selective cortical areas Cognitive Neuroscience 5(3-4) 160-167.
Zhao M, Hayward WG and Bülthoff I (August-2014) Face format at encoding affects the other-race effect in face memory Journal of Vision 14(9:6) 1-13.
Zhao M and Bülthoff I (October-2013) The other-race effect in face recognition is sensitive to face format at encoding Visual Cognition 21(6) 722-725.
Zhao M 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 and Hayward WG (April-2010) Holistic processing underlies gender judgments of faces Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics 72(3) 591-596.
Zhao M, 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 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 and Li X (2006) [Human spatial memory and spatial navigation] Advance in Psychological Science 14 497-504.
Zhao M (2006) [Mental representation of locations and spatial relations of objects in a scene] Advance in Psychological Science 14 321-327.
Zhao M and Mou W (May-2005) [Orientation specificity of spatial representation in multi-view learning] Acta Psychologica Sinica 27(3) 308-313.

Conference papers (1):

Hinterecker T, Leroy C, Kirschhock M, Zhao M, Butz MV, Bülthoff HH and Meilinger T (July-2017) Reference Systems in Spatial Memory for Vertical Locations In: Computational Foundations of Cognition, , 39th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2017), Cognitive Science Society, Austin, TX, USA, 525.

Posters (31):

Foster C, Zhao M, Bartels A and Bülthoff I (May-22-2018): Neural Correlates of Holistic Face Processing, 18th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS 2018), St. Pete Beach, FL, USA.
Bülthoff T and Zhao M (May-19-2018): Testing the limits of identity recognition with mixed-identity faces, 18th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS 2018), St. Pete Beach, FL, USA.
Foster C, Zhao M, Romero J, Black MJ, Mohler BJ and Bartels A (October-16-2017): Decoding categories shared by the face and body, 18th Conference of Junior Neuroscientists of Tübingen (NeNa 2017), Schramberg, Germany.
Foster C, Zhao M, Romero J, Black M, Mohler BJ, Bartels A and Bülthoff I (August-31-2017): Decoding categories shared by the face and body, 40th European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP 2017), Berlin, Germany.
Zhao M and Bülthoff I (August-29-2017): Visual working memory of own- and other-race faces, 40th European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP 2017), Berlin, Germany.
Bülthoff I and Zhao M (August-28-2017): Familiarity enhances recognition of multiple facial identities from a single facial image, 40th European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP 2017), Berlin, Germany.
Zhao M, Srismith D and Bülthoff I (August-2017): How does representation of faces change with increasing familiarity?, 17th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS 2017), St. Pete Beach, FL, USA, Journal of Vision, 17(10) 616.
Hinterecker T, Leroy C, Kirschhock ME, Zhao M, Butz MV, Bülthoff HH and Meilinger T (April-2017): Reference Systems in Memory for Vertical Locations: Evidence for Dominance of Egocentric over Environmental or Gravitational Systems, Second International Workshop on Models and Representations in Spatial Cognition, Tübingen, Germany.
Bülthoff I, Srismith D and Zhao M (March-25-2017): Visual Working Memory of Own- and Other-Race faces, Second Biennial International Convention of Psychological Science (ICPS 2017), Wien, Austria.
Srismith D, Zhao M and Bülthoff I (September-1-2016): Precise Representation of Personally, but not Visually, Familiar Faces, 39th European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP 2016), Barcelona, Spain, Perception, 45(ECVP Abstract Supplement) 313.
Zhao M and Bülthoff I (September-2016): Holistic Processing of Unfamiliar Line Patterns, 16th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS 2016), St. Pete Beach, FL, USA, Journal of Vision, 16(12) 731.
Zhao M and Bülthoff I (August-29-2016): Holistic Processing of Static and Rigidly Moving Faces, 39th European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP 2016), Barcelona, Spain, Perception, 45(ECVP Abstract Supplement) 27.
Hinterecker T, Leroy C, Zhao M, Butz M, Bülthoff HH and Meilinger T (August-2-2016): Gravity as a universal reference direction? Influences on spatial memory for vertical object locations, International Conference Spatial Cognition (SC 2016), Philadelphia, PA, USA.
Zhao M and Bülthoff I (September-2015): Intrinsic Memorability Predicts Short- and Long-Term Memory of Static and Dynamic Faces, 15th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS 2015), St. Pete Beach, FL, USA, Journal of Vision, 15(12) 698.
Bülthoff I and Zhao M (September-2015): What Type of Facial Information Underlies Holistic Face Processing?, 15th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS 2015), St. Pete Beach, FL, USA, Journal of Vision, 15(12) 145.
Zhao M and Bülthoff I (March-12-2015): Memory of Own- and Other-Race Faces: Influences of Encoding and Retention Processes, International Convention of Psychological Science (ICPS 2015), Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Zhao M and Bülthoff I (August-2014): Face Race Affects Various Types of Face Processing, but Affects Them Differently, 14th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS 2014), St. Pete Beach, FL, USA, Journal of Vision, 14(10) 1262.
Zhao M and Bülthoff I (August-2014): Long-term memory for own- and other-race faces, 37th European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP 2014), Beograd, Serbia, Perception, 43(ECVP Abstract Supplement) 76.
Zhao M, Hayward WG and Bülthoff I (June-2014): Race of Face Affects Various Face Processing Tasks Differently, 6th International Conference on Brain and Cognitive Engineering (BCE 2014), Tübingen, Germany.
Zhao M and Bülthoff I (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 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, 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 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 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 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 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, 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 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 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, 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 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 (9):

Zhao M (November-15-2017) Invited Lecture: Holistic processing in face perception and recognition, Universität Mainz: Institutscolloquium Psychologisches Institut, Mainz, Germany.
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