PhD, Associate Professor
(1) The neural mechanisms that underlie the perception of the global visual properties and innate fear; (2) Cognitive dysfunction of autism and dyslexia.
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Our perception is the comprehensive outcome depending on how the brain deals with dynamical information from external and internal world. Vision is supposed to be the most important sensory information that guides our action. The visual system is remarkably efficient at extracting useful information, especially in detecting objects in our environment. Our interests center on (1) cognitive representation and neural mechanism of early vision and attention, including EEG and fMRI on human, as well as optogenetics and electrophysiology on mice; (2) detecting the abnormal cognitive performance as the early diagnosis of related brain diseases, such as autism, dyslexia and schizophrenia; (3) improving the cognitive ability by TMS, tDCS and specific training.


2015-present, Investigator and associate professor at SIAT CAS
2012-2015, Investigator and assistant professor at Institute of Biophysics, CAS;
2012, PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience from Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Science.
2001-2005, Bachelor degree in physics, Beijing Normal University.

Selected publications

1.Yan Huang, Lixia He, Wenbo Wang, Qianli Meng, Tiangang Zhou & Lin Chen. What determines the object-level visual masking: the bottom-up role of topological change. Journal of Vision, 18(3). doi:10.1167/18.1.3, 2018.

2.Qianli Meng#, Yan Huang#, Ding Cui, Lixia He, Lin Chen, Yuanye Ma & Xudong Zhao. The dissociations of visual processing of “hole” and “no-hole” stimuli: an fMRI study. Brain and Behavior. 2018, in press.

3.Yan Huang, Lin Chen & Huan Luo. Behavioral oscillation in priming: 1.competing perceptual predictions conveyed in alternating theta-band rhythms. The Journal of Neuroscience, 35(6):2830-2837, 2015.

4.Yan Huang, Tiangang Zhou & Lin Chen. The Precedence of Topological Change over Top-Down Attention in Masked Priming. Journal of Vision, 11(12):9, 1-10, 2011.

5.Yanghua Tian, Yan Huang#, Ke Zhou, G.W. Humphreys, M. Jane Riddoch, Kai Wang. When connectedness increases hemispatial neglect. PloS One, 6(9): e24760, 2011.