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Dr. HSIAO JANET Hui-wen
Associate Professor (Deputy Head)

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EDUCATION
B.Sc. (Computer Science), 1999, National Taiwan University
M.Sc. (Computing Science), 2002, Simon Fraser University
Ph.D. (Cognitive Science), 2006, University of Edinburgh
Postdoctoral researcher, 2005-2008, University of California San Diego

CONTACTS
Office: 6.23
Phone: (852) 3917-4874
Email: jhsiao@hku.hk
Personal Homepage: http://web.hku.hk/~jhsiao/
Research Lab: http://abc.psy.hku.hk
HKU Researcher Page: http://hub.hku.hk/rp/rp00632

RESEARCH INTERESTS
- Cognitive neuroscience
- Computational modeling
- Hemispheric asymmetry in cognitive processes
- Development of perceptual expertise
- Psycholinguistics

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
- Chuk, T., Chan, A. B., & Hsiao, J. H. (in press). Is having similar eye movement patterns during face learning and recognition beneficial for recognition performance? Evidence from hidden Markov modeling. Vision Research.
- Hsiao, J. H., & Galmar, B. (2016). Holistic processing as measured in the composite task does not always go with right hemisphere processing in face perception. Neurocomputing, 182, 165-177.
- Chuk, T., Chan, A. B., & Hsiao, J. H. (2014). Understanding eye movements in face recognition using hidden Markov models. Journal of Vision, 14(11):8, 1-14. Online Link
- Tso, R. V. Y., Au, T. K., & Hsiao, J. H. (2014). Perceptual expertise: Can sensorimotor experience change holistic processing and left side bias? Psychological Science, 25(9), 1757-1767. Online Link
- Hsiao, J. H., Cipollini, B., & Cottrell, G. (2013). Hemispheric asymmetry in perception: A differential encoding account. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 25(7), 998-1007. PDF Copy
- Hsiao, J. H., & Liu, T. T. (2012). The optimal viewing position in face recognition. Journal of Vision, 12(2):22, 1-9. Online Link
- Hsiao, J. H. & Cottrell, G. W. (2009). Not all visual expertise is holistic, but it may be leftist: The case of Chinese character recognition. Psychological Science, 20(4), 455-463. PDF Copy
- Hsiao, J. H. & Cottrell, G. W. (2008). Two fixations suffice in face recognition. Psychological Science, 19(10), 998-1006. PDF Copy

RESEARCH LABORATORY
Attention Brain& Cognition Lab (Room 691)
In my lab we study the relationship between brain structure and cognitive processes, using a variety of approaches including computational modeling and cognitive neuroscience (with behavioral, eye movement, and EEG/ERP measures). Current focuses of the lab research include understanding eye movement behavior and underlying cognitive processes through hidden Markov modeling, how different learning experiences influence perceptual expertise acquisition, and how different expertise domains influence each other.

RESEARCH INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
- Project Title: "Understanding eye movement in cognitive tasks with hidden Markov model, with applications to clinical psychology research"
In this project, we will conduct eye tracking studies and analyze eye movement data using hidden Markov models, a type of time series models in machine learning. We will apply this methodology to understand eye movement patterns in cognitive tasks in the clinical population.

Intern Selection:
General: Good English communication skills.
For eye tracking studies: Experience in conducting psychological experiments; good grades in experimental psychology subjects (e.g., cognitive psychology, perception, etc.). For data analysis: Some computational background and good programming skills in Matlab.

- Project Title: "How does sensorimotor experiences influence development of perceptual expertise?"
In this project, we will conduct behavioral, eye tracking, or EEG experiments aiming to examine how sensorimotor experiences such as writing and drawing modulate development of perceptual expertise, such as face recognition and visual word recognition.

Intern Selection:
General: Good English communication skills.
For behavioral experiments: Experience in conducting psychological experiments; good grades in experimental psychology subjects (e.g. cognitive psychology). For EEG data analysis: Some computational background and good programming skills in Matlab.

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