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Dr Mintao Zhao is a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of East Anglia. He completed his PhD study in the Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He then moved to the University of Hong Kong and Brown Univerisity to do postdoctoral research on face processing and spatial navigation. Before joining UEA he had been a research scientist at the Max Planck Insitute for Biological Cybernetics.
His research focuses on face perception and recognition and spatial cognition and navigation. He supervises both postgraduate and undergraduate students. For more information, please visit the Person and Space Perception lab here.
Key Research Interests and Expertise
We are interested in understanding how we interact with their surrounding physical and social environment: the space we move around and the people we see. Our research mainly focuses on face recognition and spatial navigation, aiming to unravel how we perceive and represent faces and spaces in memory, and how we use these representations to recognize faces and to navigate in places. We take multiple research approaches to address these questions, including psychophysics, virtual reality, eye-movement tracking, computational modelling, and functional MRI.
Funded PhD studentship is available.
We are looking for a new PhD student to join us from October 2022.
Note that although our advertisement is on spatial navigation, the project can be related to either spatial navigation or person perception. Any enquiries please contact us. If you are interested in a research internship or would like to discuss potential Master or PhD projects, please drop us a line.
Dr Mintao Zhao contributes to the teaching of the following modules:
PSY-4008Y: Introduction to Psychology
PSY-5017B: Cognitive and Biological Psychology
PSY-6009A: Brain and Cognition
PSY-6018A: Magic Visual World
PSY-6031B: Environmental Psychology
PSY-7010A: Cognitive Neuroscience
PSY-7015A: PSY Lab Skills (Module Organiser)
Reviewer for funding bodies and conferences:
Irish Research Council; Israel Science Foundation; Leverhulme Trust; European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP 2017)
Ad-hoc journal reviewer:
Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics; Behavioral Brain Research; British Journal of Psychology; Cognition; Cognitive Psychology; Experimental Brain Research; Experimental Psychology; Frontiers in Psychology; Hippocampus; Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience; Journal of Cognitive Psychology; JEP: HPP; JEP: LMC; Journal of Vision; Memory; Memory & Cognition; Perception; PLoS ONE; Psychological Bulletin & Review; Psychological Research; Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology; Scientific Report; Vision Research; Visual Cognition
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Personally familiar faces: Higher precision of memory for idiosyncratic than for categorical informationBülthoff, I. & Zhao, M., Jul 2020, In: Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. 46, 7, p. 1309–1327 19 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile1 Citation (Scopus)25 Downloads (Pure)
Foster, C., Zhao, M., Romero, J., Black, M. J., Mohler, B. J., Bartels, A. & Bülthoff, I., 15 Nov 2019, In: NeuroImage. 202, 116085.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile2 Citations (Scopus)11 Downloads (Pure)
Zhao, M., 1 Nov 2018, In: Journal of Neurophysiology. 120, 5, p. 2453-2465 13 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile5 Citations (Scopus)15 Downloads (Pure)
Beyond Faces and Expertise: Facelike Holistic Processing of Nonface Objects in the Absence of ExpertiseZhao, M., Bülthoff, H. H. & Bülthoff, I., 1 Feb 2016, In: Psychological Science. 27, 2, p. 213-222 10 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile27 Citations (Scopus)13 Downloads (Pure)
Zhao, M. & Warren, W. H., Sep 2015, In: Cognition. 142, p. 96-109 14 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile23 Citations (Scopus)7 Downloads (Pure)