Welcome! I am a postdoctoral researcher at the 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 receives questions, feedback, letters, and awards on my behalf.
Before coming to UCLA, I did 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).
我目前最有興趣的研究問題是：我們張眼究竟能看見什麼？這問題聽來奇怪，但我的研究發現人能看見的遠超過一般所認為的亮度、色彩、東西移動所造成的光影變化等等，而進一步包含了美感（請見：Chen & Scholl, 2014；Chen, Colombatto, & Scholl, 2018）、形狀變化的歷史過程（Chen & Scholl, 2016）、他人的心理狀態（Chen, Colombatto, & Scholl, 2020）。所謂看到這些訊息是什麼意思呢？如同我們看見色彩一樣，這些較複雜的訊息不倚賴額外的思考，目視即見，無須經過意識即可被快速地自動化分析，影響我們的日常生活。（當然，「非必要」並不同於無法有意識地考量這些生活的複雜面向，就如同我們可以思量色彩一般，我們依然可以選擇去思考這些複雜訊息。）