Principal Investigator

ziliZili Liu

Ph.D., Brown University

Associate Professor in Cognitive Psychology, UCLA.

Office: Franz Hall 7619  Phone: (310) 267-4683  Email:

Zili Liu studies visual perception — how people see and why they see the way they do. He joined UCLA’s Psychology Department in 2001. Dr. Liu received his Ph.D. in Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences, and his M.S. in Applied Mathematics, both from Brown University. He received his B.Sc. in Physics, from Beijing (Peking) University, China. He supports Rural China Education Foundation (


Graduate Students


Chéla Willey

Doctoral Student, Cognitive Psychology, UCLA

M.A., Experimental Psychology, CSUSM

B.A., Psychology and Criminology & Justice Studies, CSUSM, magna cum laude






Andrew Silva

Doctoral Student, Cognitive Neuroscience, Department of Psychology, UCLA

NSF Graduate Research Fellow

B.A., Psychology, UC Irvine, magna cum laude

M.A., Psychology, UCLA



Yang Zen Xing

Doctoral Student, Cognitive Psychology {Computational Cognition Specialization}

B.A., Psychology, UCLA





Lab Manager

Rachel Ho

Undergraduate Student, Cognitive Science with Specialization in Computing Major and Linguistics Minor, UCLA





Research Assistants

*= indicate undergraduates who are doing an independent project under the mentorship of Zili Liu, Ph.D., and graduate students

*Thomas Botch

*Tiffany Hwang

*Changrui Li

Soham Desai

Rina Fujikawa

Gagan Grewal

Al Gu

Melissa Lee

Rofida Rakha

Chris Robinson

Skyler Rothganger

Chitvan Saggu

Kinshuk Sen

Lizeth Sotelo

Kenneth Tran

Weixuan Wu

Lab Alumni

Hongjing Lu, Associate Professor, UCLA (PhD 2006).
Bas Rokers, Assist Prof, Univ Wisconsin Madison (PhD 2006).
Ben Thompson, Senior Lecturer, Univ Auckland, NZ (Postdoc, 04 – 06).
Xiaoyang Yang, Researcher, Blizzard Entertainment, (PhD 2012).
Sebastian Christopher Waz, Cognitive Science with Specialization in Computing, UCLA (BS 2016).
Abdul Deeb, UCLA (BS).

Tea Asatiani, UCLA.
Phoebe Liang
Jake Lorimer, UCLA.
Tabitha Safari, UCLA.
Ryan Sabillo, UCLA.
Daniel Tsiu, UCLA.