Yaxin Liu

Yaxin Liu

PhD Candidate in cognition and development

Lourenco Lab

About me

I am Yaxin (pronounced as Yak-sin). I am a PhD Candidate in Lourenco Lab (Advisor: Stella Lourenco) at Emory University.

My research focuses broadly on the perceptual basis and decision-making of spatial cognition.

  • What are the governing principles that underlie the efficiency of visual perception?
  • How is visual perception recruited in physical intuition?
  • How does visuospatial decision-making respond to affective factors (e.g., fear or threat)?
  • Mental imagery
  • Intuitive physics
  • Computational modeling
  • Gender differences
  • PhD Candidate in Cognition & development, 2023

    Emory University

  • BSc in Psychology & Cognitive Science, 2017

    University of Toronto


Teaching Experience

Instructor of Record

Scholarly Inquiry and Research (Fall 2022)

Sex and Cognition (Summer 2022)

Lab Instructor

Probability and Statistics (Fall 2021)
Laboratory in Experimental Methods (Spring 2019, Spring 2022)

Teaching Assistant

Statistics with SPSS (Spring 2021)
Cognitive Development (Fall 2020)
Introduction to Psychobiology and Cognition (Fall 2018, 2019)


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Introduction to Prolific and Pavlovia for online testing