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Dr. Rui Wang


I grew up in China, where I received my BSc in Physics at Peking University in 2007 and PhD in Psychology at Beijing Normal University in 2012. During my PhD, I investigated perceptual learning and its underlying neural mechanisms with Prof Cong Yu. Since October 2012, I joined Prof Kourtzi’s group as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Birmingham and then transferred to the University of Cambridge. My research interests include perception, attention, learning and decision making. My aim is to understand how we explore and adapt to the structure of complex environments efficiently. I am currently studying visual statistical learning through the combination of behavioral, computational and neuroimaging approaches.

In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, cycling, reading and visiting museums.

Research Interests

My research interests include perception, attention and learning: how people efficiently process, select, strengthen, and store the information they need. My current work focuses on perceptual learning and its neural correlates using a combination of functional neuroimaging and psychophysical experiments. In addition, I am also interested in statistical learning focussing on how people understand and learn the structure of the world around them.