Dr. Mintao ZhaoGuest Scientist
Group Recognition & Categorization
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?