I am a professor of psychology and the principal investigator at the Virtual Reality and Spatial Cognition Lab in the psychology department. I joined U of A in 2007. Prior to it, I worked as a professor at the Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences between 2003 and 2007. I got my PhD in psychology at the Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, in 1999. Between 1999 and 2003, I worked as a postdoc at Vanderbilt and Michigan State University respectively. I got my BS in the department of psychology of Hangzhou University (Now Zhejiang University) in 1995.
I am interested in human spatial cognition, especially how people develop their spatial memories and how they use spatial memories to navigate in the complex environment. My primary research facility is an immersive virtual environment. Please check my research on google scholar https://scholar.google.ca/citations?user=hgb6IIgAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao.
I train high quality postdoc and graduate students. Most of my graduate students landed in a postdoc position at major research universities including Brown, Johns Hopkins, University of Arizona, University of Notre Dame, University of California at Davis, and Vanderbilt. I regularly teach Psyco 258 (cognitive psychology) and Psyco 351 (spatial cognition). I also train undergraduate researchers through independent study (Psyco 299, 396/398, 496/498) and honor thesis.
I am looking for graduate students who are interested in human spatial cognition in virtual/real environments. My current research projects are concerned with how people determine their position and orientation in multi-scale and 3D spaces.
A survey of findings of theoretical issues in the study of cognition, such as perception, attention, knowledge representation, memory, learning, language, reasoning, and problem solving. Prerequisites: PSYCO 104 or SCI 100, and STAT 141 or 151 or 161 or SCI 151. [Faculty of Science]Winter Term 2022
This course will survey research on how people learn and remember spatial information, and navigate their environments. Topics may include neurology, individual differences, cultural and cross-species comparisons. Prerequisites: One of: PSYCO 258, 267 or 275. [Faculty of Science]Fall Term 2021 Winter Term 2022