PhD, Associate Investigator
(1)Neural mechanism of human vision, visual awareness and visual attention;
(2)Cognitive abnormalities in the early stages of brain diseases and noninvasive regulation by transcranial magnetic/electrical stimulation.
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Dr. Huang’s lab focuses on the neural mechanisms underlying visual cognition and cognitive impairment associated with brain diseases. 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. Thus vision is the best window into our brain. Research Interests:
(1)neural mechanism of human vision, visual awareness and visual attention. Behavioral and brain imaging (EEG, fMRI) methods are used.
(2)cognitive abnormalities in the early stages of brain diseases, e.g., autism, depress and anxiety;
(3)noninvasive regulation by transcranial magnetic/electrical stimulation;
(4) development of children’s visual cognition.


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. Wenbo Wang, Tiangang Zhou, Lin Chen*, Yan Huang*. A subcortical magnocellular pathway is responsible for the fast processing of topological properties of objects: a Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation study. Human Brain Mapping, Accepted. (* corresponding authors)
  2. Hongsi Tang, Rujiao Song, Yueyan Hu, Yixin Tian, Zhonghua Lu, Lin Chen, Yan Huang*. Late development of early visual perception: no topology-priority in peripheral vision until age ten. Child Development, 92(5): 1906-1918, 2021. (* corresponding authors)
  3. Lin Shen, Dongqiang Liu, Yan Huang*. Hypothesis of subcortical visual pathway impairment in schizophrenia. Medical Hypotheses, 156, 2021.* corresponding authors)
  4. Muzhi Wang,Yan Huang, Huan Luo, Hang Zhang*. Sustained Visual Priming Effects Can Emerge from Attentional Oscillation and Temporal Expectation. Journal of Neuroscience, 40(18):3657-3674, 2020.
  5. Yan Huang#*, Lei Li#, Kun Dong, Hongsi Tang, Qingning Yang, Xianglian Jia, Yundan Liao, Wenbo Wang, Zhen Ren, Lin Chen, Liping Wang*. Topological shape changes weaken the innate defensive responses to visual threats in mice. Neuroscience Bulletin, 36(4):427-431, 2020. (* corresponding authors)
  6. Yi Sun#, Fei Li#, Hao Li, Yunhe Song, Wenbo Wang, Rouxi Zhou, Jian Xiong, Wanbing He, Yuying Peng, Yuhong Liu, Liping Wang*, Yan Huang* & Xiulan Zhang*. Performance of Topological Perception in the Myopic Population, Current Eye Research, 2020. DOI: 10.1080/02713683.2020.175569. (* corresponding authors)
  7. Yi Sun, Wenbin Huang, Fei Li, Hao Li, Liping Wang, Yan Huang*, Xiulan Zhang*. Subcortical visual pathway may be a new way for early diagnosis of glaucoma. Medical Hypotheses, 123, 47-49, 2019. (* corresponding authors) 
  8. Qianli Meng*, Bo Wang,Ding Cui, Ning Liu, Yan Huang*, Lin Chen, Yuanye Ma. Age-related Changes in Local and Global Visual Perception. Journal of Vision, 19(1):10, 2019. (* corresponding authors)
  9. Xianglian Jia, Yueyan Hu, Xing Yang, Taian liu, Yan Huang, Pengfei Wei, Yongmei Hao & Liping Wang. Stress affects the oscillation of blood glucose levels in rodents. Biological Rhythm Research, 2019.
  10. 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. (* corresponding authors)
  11. 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, e00979, doi: 10.1002/brb3.979, 2018. (# co-first authors)
  12. Yan Huang, Lin Chen & Huan Luo. Behavioral oscillation in priming: competing perceptual predictions conveyed in alternating theta-band rhythms. The Journal of Neuroscience, 35(6):2830-2837, 2015.
  13. 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.
  14. 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. (# co-first authors)