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 [Jan. 16, 2018]
Journal paper on "Perceptual Experience Shapes our Ability to Categorise Faces by National Origin: A New Other-Race Effect" by Bianca Thorup, Kate Crookes, Paul P.W. Chang, Nichola Burton, Stephen Pond, Tze Kwan Li, Janet Hsiao, and Gillian Rhodes, accepted to British Journal of Psychology.

NEW [Jan. 9, 2018]
Journal paper on "Sleep Deprivation Compromises Resting-State Emotional Regulatory Processes: An EEG Study" by Tep Zhang, Esther Lau, and Janet Hsiao, accepted to Journal of Sleep Research.

NEW [Dec. 12, 2017]
Journal paper on "Eye Movement Patterns in Face Recognition are Associated with Cognitive Decline in Older Adults" by Cynthia Chan, Antoni Chan, Tatia Lee, and Janet Hsiao, accepted to Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.

[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

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