Eye movements
Perceptual expertise
Face recognition
Visual word recognition
Hemispheric asymmetry
Computational Modeling
Cognitive Neuroscience

Our lab studies the relationship between human behaviour and its underlying cognitive processes/neural mechanisms, using a variety of approaches including computational modeling and cognitive neuroscience (with behavioral, eye movement, and EEG/ERP measures).

Research Topics

Our current research topics include (but not limited to) visual perception and cognition and psycholinguistics, as listed below:

  • Eye Movement analysis with Hidden Markov Models, EMHMM toolbox available! (In collaboration with Dr. Antoni Chan at City University of Hong Kong)
  • Connectionist modeling of hemispheric asymmetry in perception and cognition
  • Asymmetries in visual perception
  • Face and visual word recognition
  • Hemispheric asymmetry in speech processing
  • Learning changes in perceptual expertise acquisition
  • Music notation reading expertise
  • Bilingualism
  • Hemispheric asymmetry and consciousness


The department of Psychology currently has an Eyelink 1000 eye tracker, a Tobii eye tracker, and a 64-channel ANT EEG system. In addition, our lab has a portable SMI Red-n eye tracker.


NEW [July 15, 2017]
Journal paper on "Hidden Markov model analysis reveals the advantage of analytic eye movement patterns in face recognition across cultures" by Tim Chuk, Kate Crookes, Will Hayward, Antoni Chan, and Janet Hsiao, accepted to Cognition

NEW [July. 10, 2017]
A postdoc position is currently available in our lab. See Here for more information.

NEW [May 19, 2017]
Journal paper on "A new other-race effect for gaze perception" by Jemma Collova, Nadine Kloth, Kate Crookes, Nichola Burton, Cynthia Chan, Janet Hsiao, and Gillian Rhodes, accepted to Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performances.

[April 11 2017]
Conference paper on "Insomniacs misidentify angry faces as fearful faces because of missing the eyes: An eye-tracking study" by Tep Zhang, Antoni Chan, Esther Lau, and Janet Hsiao, accepted to Cog Sci 2017 as a Talk.
Conference paper on "How does music reading expertise modulate visual processing of English words? An ERP study" by Sara Li, Veronica Chan, Luhe Li, and Janet Hsiao, accepted to Cog Sci 2017 as a Poster.
Conference paper on "Right hemisphere lateralization and holistic processing do not always go together: An ERP investigation of a training study" by Ricky Tso, Hangyu Chen, Andrew Yeung, Terry Au, and Janet Hsiao, accepted to Cog Sci 2017 as a Poster.

Attention Brain & Cognition Lab
Department of Psychology
University of Hong Kong
Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong.