Welcome! I am a postdoctoral researcher at University of California, Los Angeles working with Hongjing Lu in the Computational Vision and Learning Laboratory. I have also come to accept the name of Ya-Chia (means duck nice in Chinese), since this name often receive questions, feedback, letters, and awards on my behalf.
Before coming to UCLA, I have also done a postdoc with George Alvarez and Talia Konkle in the Vision Sciences Laboratory. I did my graduate work at Yale University, working with Brian Scholl in the Perception & Cognition lab, and my undergraduate work at National Taiwan University with Su-Ling Yeh in the Perception & Attention Laboratory.
You can view my CV here.
A primary research focus of mine is how basic visual processes interact with higher-level aspects of perception. For example, I have been interested in how visual aesthetics can influence other aspects of visual processing, including the possibility that visual aesthetics are driven in part by more basic visual mechanisms (e.g., Chen & Scholl, 2014; Chen, Colombatto, & Scholl, 2018). I have also explored how implicit inferences about causal history of objects (that we would typically associate with higher-level thoughts) are actually parts of perceptual shape representation, to the extent that they can induce apparent motion (Chen & Scholl, 2016).
我現在的研究主要聚焦在基礎知覺歷程如何與較高階的知覺歷程互動。舉例來說，我目前正在研究視覺美感是否影響其他視知覺歷程，探索部分美感經驗來自基礎知覺歷程的可能性（例如：Chen & Scholl, 2014；Chen, Colombatto, & Scholl, 2018）。另一方面我也進行物理直覺的研究，我發現人們不但可自動化推論出物件之所以為該物件當前模樣的「歷史」，這推論內容並不僅是高階思考，更是知覺形狀表徵的一部分。更有趣的是，這歷史表徵的強度竟足以引發運動錯覺（Chen & Scholl, 2016）！