Yang Zen Xing (Mac)

Doctoral Student, Cognitive Psychology
{Computational Cognition Specialization}
B.A., Psychology, UCLA
Email: yangxing92@gmail.com
Research Interests

My research interests include shape representation, perceptual organization, depth perception, cue integration, and visual motion processing.

Current project at the Zili Lab: Three-Dimensional Perception


Erlikhman, G., Xing, Y.Z., & Kellman, P.J. (2014). Non-rigid illusory contours and global shape transformations defined by spatiotemporal boundary formation. Frontiers in Human Neurosciences. 8:978. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2014.00978.

Maggie Yeh

Doctoral Student, Cognitive Psychology
{Cognitive Neuroscience Specialization}, UCLA
B.A., Psychology, UC Berkeley
Email: maggieyeh@g.ucla.edu
Research Interests

Current project at the Zili Lab: Visual Perceptual Learning


Lin, C., Yeh, M., & Shams, L.   Subliminal audio-visual congruency enhances perceptual pleasure, 2021

Lucy Cui

Doctoral Student, Cognitive Psychology
{Computational Cognition Specialization}
B.A., Psychology, UCLA
Email: lucy.cui@ucla.edu
Research Interests

My research interests revolve around mathematical and statistical cognition, including mental representation of number and reasoning/decision-making using visualizations.


Cui, L. & Liu, Z. (2021). Synergy between research on ensemble perception, data visualization, and statistics education: A tutorial review. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 83, 1290-1311.

Cochrane, A., Cui, L.*, Hubbard, E., & Green, C. S. (2019). “Approximate number system” training: A perceptual learning approach. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 18(3), 621 – 636. *denotes co-first author status

Cui, L., Massey, C. M., & Kellman, P. J. (2018). Perceptual learning in correlation estimation: The role of learning category organization. In T. T. Rogers, M. Rau, X. Zhu, & C. W. Kalish (Eds.), Proceedings of the 40th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (p. 262 – 267). Madison, WI: Cognitive Science Society.

Chéla Willey

Doctoral Student, Cognitive Psychology, UCLA
M.A., Experimental Psychology, CSUSM
B.A., Psychology and Criminology & Justice Studies, CSUSM, magna cum laude
Email: cwilley@ucla.edu

Research Interests

My research interests include visual/vestibular integration, motor and perceptual learning, sensory weighting and adaptation, and neural mechanisms of multisensory integration.


Willey, C.R. & Liu, Z. (in press). Long-term motor learning: Effects of varied and specific practice. Vision Research [Special Issue]. doi: 10.1016/j.visres.2017.03.012

Willey, C.R. & Liu, Z. (2018). Limited generalization with varied practice in short-term motor learning. Acta Psychologica. 182, 39-45. doi: 10.1016/j.actpsy.2017.11.008

Willey, C.R. & Jackson R.E. (2014). Visual field dependence as navigation strategy. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 76 (4), 1036–1044. doi: 10.3758/s13414-014-0639-x

Jackson, R. E. & Willey, C. R. (2013). Evolved navigation theory and the plateau illusion. Cognition, 128 (2), 119-126. doi: 10.1016/j.cognition.2013.03.010

Jackson, R.E., Willey, C.R., & Cormack, L.K. (2013) Learning and exposure affect environmental perception less than evolved navigation costs. PLoS ONE 8 (4): e59690. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0059690

Jackson, R.E. & Willey, C. R. (2010). Evolved navigation theory and horizontal visual illusions, Cognition, 119 (2), 288-294, doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2010.11.003

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
Email: aesilva@ucla.edu
Research Interests

My research interests include visual motion processing and perceptual learning, multisensory integration and learning, and underlying neural mechanisms of visual and audio-visual perception.

Publications and Conference Papers

Barakat, B.K., Silva, A.E., Jimenez, L.O., & Shams, L. (In Preparation). Audiovisual congruency increases explicit learning in a serial reaction time task.

Silva, A.E., & Liu, Z. (2015). Opponent backgrounds reduce discrimination sensitivity to competing motions: Effects of different vertical motions on horizontal motion perception. Vision Research, 133,55-64 doi: 10.1016/j.visres.2015.05.007

Silva, A.E., & Chubb, C. (2014). The 3-dimensional, 4-channel model of human visual sensitivity to grayscale scrambles. Vision Research, 101, 94-107. doi: 10.1016/j.visres.2014.06.001

Guan, H., Lee, M.D., & Silva, A. (2014). Threshold models of human decision making on optimal stopping problems in different environments. In Bello, P., Guarini, M., McShane, M., & Scassellati, B. (Eds), Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Sciences Society. 553-558. Austin, TX: Cognitive Sciences Society.

Chubb, C., Dickson, C.A., Dean, T., Fagan, C., Mann, D.S., Wright, C.E., Guan, M., Silva, A.E., Gregersen, P., & Kowaslky, E. (2013). Bimodal distribution of performance in discriminating major/minor modes. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 134(4), 3067-3078. doi:10.1121/1.4816546


Silva, A.E., & Liu, Z. [poster]. The effects of different orientations of in-phase and counter-phase backgrounds on horizontal motion discrimination. Vision Sciences Society 14th Annual Meeting. St. Pete Beach, FL, May 2015.

Silva, A.E., Barakat, B.K., Jimenez, L., & Shams, L. [poster]. Audiovisual congruency increases explicit learning in a serial reaction time task. International Multisensory Research Forum, Pisa, IT, June 2015.

Silva, A.E., & Liu, Z. [poster]. Vertical opponency modulates sensitivity to horizontal motion. Vision Sciences  Society 13th Annual Meeting. St. Pete Beach, FL, May 2014.

Guan, M., Silva, A.E., & Lee, M.D. [poster]. Threshold models of human decision-making on optimal stopping problems in different environments. Society for Mathematical Psychology 46th Annual Meeting. Potsdam, Germany, August 2013.

Chubb, C., Silva, A. E. [talk presented by 1st author].  The four human visual mechanisms sensitive to gray scale scrambles. Vision Sciences Society 12th Annual Meeting. Naples, FL, May 2013.

Silva, A.E., Lee, M.D., Gorbunov, M., & Li, A. [poster]. Framing and adaptation effects in optimal stopping problems. Society for Mathematical Psychology 45th Annual Meeting. Columbus, OH, June 2012.

Silva, A.E. [talk].Visual search asymmetry in luminance, contrast, and blackshot texture discrimination. UCI Undergraduate Research Symposium, May 2012