About me

I am Yaxin (pronounced as Yak-sin). I am currently a postdoc fellow in the Bach Lab at the University of Bonn, where I study perception-action in virtual reality. I did my PhD in cognition and development in the Lourenco Lab 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 intuitive physics?
  • How does visuospatial decision-making respond to affective factors (e.g., fear or threat)?
  • Mental imagery
  • Intuitive physics
  • Computational modeling
  • Gender differences
  • PhD in Psychology, 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)


Here are some useful links for conducting online research.

Introduction to Prolific and Pavlovia for online testing