Olivia Cheung
Principal Investigator
olivia.cheung@nyu.edu, NYU Abu Dhabi faculty pagevideoGoogle Scholar, CV

Olivia is an assistant professor of psychology at NYU Abu Dhabi. Her research aims to understand how we perceive the visual world. Olivia holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from Vanderbilt University. Before joining NYU Abu Dhabi, she did postdoctoral research at Harvard Medical School, at the Center of Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC) in Trento, Italy, and at Harvard University.


Tobiasz Trawinski
Postdoctoral Researcher
tobiasz.trawinski@nyu.edu

Tobiasz is a postdoctoral researcher in the lab. He studied his PhD at the University of Southampton, UK, and also worked at Liverpool Hope University. His current research projects explore the mechanisms underlying face perception and category learning processes, in relation to visual expertise. Tobiasz also studies the impact of cognitive and aesthetic processes on spectatorship of art.


Haiyang Jin
Postdoctoral Researcher
haiyang.jin@nyu.edu, CV

Haiyang is a postdoctoral researcher in the lab. He studied his PhD at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He is mainly interested in face processing and vision science. His projects investigate the role of experience in holistic processing of faces and non-face objects, and the relationship between subjective perception and the neural signatures of face processing (e.g., the N170 component, and activations in the face-specific cortical areas such as the FFA).


Natasha Maria Treunen
Capstone Research Student, class of 2020
nmt303@nyu.edu

Natasha is a senior student at NYU Abu Dhabi. She majors in Psychology with minors in Social Research and Public Policy, Film and New Media, and Child Development and Social Interventions. She is interested in how culture, life experiences and social interactions impact our development and shape our behavior. Her capstone research investigates the relationship between face and word processing, specifically how reading experience may influence face perception.


Anna Erdi
Capstone Research Student, class of 2020
ae1463@nyu.edu

Anna is a senior student studying Psychology at NYU Abu Dhabi. Her main interests include finding out how different types of physical exercise can change the brain, and the possibilities of involving sports and exercise in the treatment of mental disorders and neurodegenerative diseases. For her capstone project, she examines how emotional state and language expertise can influence holistic processing of words.




Alumni

Chenxi He
Postdoctoral Researcher
chenxi.he@nyu.edu, CV

Chenxi was a postdoctoral researcher in the lab. She received her Ph.D. from Beijing Normal University. Chenxi is interested in the neural basis of visual object recognition and concept learning. Her projects investigated the nature of representation of different concepts. Specifically, she studied how category-selective effects for animals and man-made objects observed in behavior and in the brain are explained by visual or conceptual differences among the categories. 


Emma Wei Chen
Postdoctoral Researcher
emma.chen.w@nyu.edu, CV

Emma was a postdoctoral researcher in the lab. She received her Ph.D. from Chinese Academy of Sciences, and did postdoctoral research at Center for Cognition and Brain Disorders, Hangzhou Normal University. Emma is interested in quantitative characterizations of expert object recognition. Her main projects investigated the nature of face perception, specifically how holistic processing of faces is dynamic and may be influenced by socio-cognitive factors.


Seoyoung Lee
Capstone Research student and Summer Research Assistant, class of 2019
syl511@nyu.edu

Seoyoung graduated from NYU Abu Dhabi in 2019. She majored in Psychology with minors in Social Research and Public Policy and Urbanization. She is interested in the neural mechanisms underlying decision-making, attention, and scene perception. Her capstone research used fMRI to investigate the roles of the parahippocampal place area and the retrosplenial cortex in scene perception, specifically how these brain regions spatially and temporally integrate panoramic scenes. Seoyoung presented her findings at the 2019 Asian-Pacific Conference on Vision (APCV) in Osaka, Japan.


Araz Aslanian
Capstone Research student and Summer Research Assistant, class of 2019
araz.aslanian@nyu.edu

Araz graduated from NYU Abu Dhabi in 2019. She majored in Psychology with a minor in Interactive Media. She is passionate about how social attitudes influence the way we perceive the world. Using eye tracking, her capstone research investigated the effect of implicit racial biases, whether positive or negative, on face memory and perception. Araz presented her findings at the 2019 Asian-Pacific Conference on Vision (APCV) in Osaka, Japan.


Shao-Chin Hung
Postdoctoral Researcher
shaochin.hung@nyu.edu, CV

Shao-Chin was a postdoctoral researcher in the lab. She received her Ph.D. from University of California, Riverside, where she used psychophysics and eye-tracking to study mechanisms of human perceptual learning. As a postdoctoral fellow in Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University, she conducted fMRI and EEG research on human visual perception. Shao-Chin is interested in applying psychophysics and neuroimaging methods to study human attention, learning, object recognition, and conceptual knowledge.


James Smoley
Capstone Research student, class of 2017
james.smoley@nyu.edu

James graduated from NYU Abu Dhabi in 2017. He majored in Psychology with a minor in Social Research and Public Policy. He is interested in how our culture and life experiences can affect our ways of thinking. His capstone research investigated whether our initial judgments of a stranger's face are affected by our implicit racial biases and our experience with individuals of different races. James's findings were presented at the 2019 International Convention of Psychological Science (ICPS) in Paris, France.


Oliver Heyn
Capstone Research student, class of 2017
oliver.heyn@nyu.edu

Oliver graduated from NYU Abu Dhabi in 2017. He majored in Psychology with minors in Business Studies and Economics. He is primarily interested in studying how marketing and branding strategies intersect with psychological phenomena. The topic of his capstone research was the study of company logos, specifically in understanding what kinds of visual properties attract attention and make certain logos more preferable than others. He is studying at a Master of Science program in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship at Manchester University.


Mahlet Kassa
Capstone Research student and Summer Research Assistant, class of 2016

mtk297@nyu.edu

Mahlet graduated from NYU Abu Dhabi in 2016. She majored in Psychology with a concentration in Film and New Media. Her research interests include affective science, cognitive and social psychology. The topic of her capstone research was on the relative effects of experience and social bias on cross-race face recognition. Mahlet is currently at the master's program in cognitive science in Center for Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC), University of Trento. She has received the UNITN-SISSA scholarship for the position. 


Sachith Joseph Cheruvatur
Summer Research Assistant, class of 2015

sachith.cheruvatur@nyu.edu

Sachith graduated from NYU Abu Dhabi in 2015. He majored in Philosophy, specializing in a philosophy of mind, with a strong concentration in psychology. His research interests lie primarily in the area of empirical philosophy of mind. At the moment he is interested in object concept representation in the brain from both a philosophy of science/mind and cognitive neuroscience point of view. Sachith has started his PhD in Neurophilosophy at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich in fall 2015.