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Yinqi Huang
PhD Student in Cognitive Neuroscience
Spatial Navigation, Decision Making, Computation

My overarching goal is to investigate human cognition in a naturalistic environment using computational models. I use naturalistic stimuli in my studies because they contain rich and dynamic information, similar to what we receive in the real world. I hope that my research findings can be generalized to real world situations. Read more about naturalistic stimuli in my presentation on the difference between reductionist vs. naturalistic stimuli.

Currently, I am studying the decision making in spatial navigation in virtual reality, co-advised by Dr. Arne Ekstrom and Dr. Robert Wilson. Read more about why VR is naturalistic in my notes on Spatial Cognitive Map.

My undergraduate project on investigating the impact of time and event segmentation on episodic memory using movie stimuli, advised by Dr. Morgan Barense, was presented at Context and Episodic Memory Symposium and Lake Ontario Visionary Establishment.

Outside the lab, I enjoy working on projects at the intersection between cognitive neuroscience and machine learning. I am the EEG Machine Learning lead at the Neurotech University of Toronto for the 2022 summer project on the Brain–Computer Interface speller app that spells desired letters on a virtual keyboard using P300 signal.

If you are interested in my work, or want to collaborate on a project, please feel free to contact me by email.

Research Interests
Human Brain Cartoon Spatial cognition
Virtual Reality Cartoon Naturalistic stimuli
Machine Learning Cartoon Computational models
Education & Work
University of Arizona Logo PhD in Psychology; Concentration: Cognition and Neural Systems
University of Arizona | 2022 - Present
iblum Logo Research Assistant: Recurrent Neural Networks and Bayesian Knowledge Tracing
iBlüm Learning Company | 2020 - 2022
University of Toronto Logo Honours BSc in Psychology; Minor: Biology and Anthropology
University of Toronto | 2016 - 2020
Virtual Reality Icon # cognitive psychology; # spatial navigation Computational Modeling of Path Integration and Landmark Navigation Using Immersive Virtual Reality
Funder: University of Arizona Research and Project (ReaP) Grant
Advisors: Dr. Arne Ekstrom and Dr. Robert Wilson
Aug 2022 - Present
Children Icon # developmental psychology; # meachine learning Tracing Knowledge Mastery Through Time (Bayesian, Recurrent Neural Networks)
Funders: National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP), Scientific Research and Experimental Development Federal Program (SR&ED)
Company: iBlüm Learning Company
Jun 2020 - Jul 2022
Protein Icon # synthetic biology; # meachine learning Plastic-degrading Enzymes Design (Multilayer Perceptron, Transfer Learning)
Funders: University of Toronto, Cell & Systems Biology Department, Faculty of Medicine, Human Biology, Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology
Group: iGEM Toronto
Nov 2018 - May 2022
Clock Icon # cognitive psychology; # episodic memory Temporal Distance & Event Boundaries Affect Recall Richness
Funder: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
Advisors: Dr. Morgan Barense and Dr. Bryan Hong
Sep 2019 - Dec 2020
Phone Icon # organizational psychology; Using Phone to Cope With Stressors at the Workplace and at Home
Supervisors: Dr. Soo Min Toh, Dr. Xian Zhao
May - Aug 2019
Social Interaction Icon # social psychology; # intergroup contact Experimenter's Gender Affect Retrieval of Implicit & Explicit Attitudes
Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Page-Gould
Mar 2017 - Apr 2019
Lecturer Icon Best Presentation Award, Years 1-2
7th Annual Psychology Graduate Student and Post-doc Data Blitz, University of Arizona
Virtual Reality Icon University of Arizona Research and Project (ReaP) Grant
Computational Modeling of Path Integration and Landmark Navigation Using Immersive Virtual Reality
Nov 2022 - Nov 2023
Face Recognition Icon Face Perception: a Dual Process Model.
Journal of Undergraduate Life Sciences
Huang, Y. (under review).
Social Interaction Icon Replicability of Two Classic Experiments in Social Psychology: Implicit Association Test and Imagined Contact.
Inkblot: Undergraduate Journal of Psychology, 9 , 38-46.
Huang, Y. (2020).
Clock Icon How do temporal context and event boundaries affect recall richness for Forrest Gump?
Context and Episodic Memory Symposium, Philadelphia, PA
Hong, B., Tran, M.A., Cheng, H., Huang, Y., & Barense, M.D. (2020).
Clock Icon Testing retrieved-context models and event boundaries in naturalistic events​.
Lake Ontario Visionary Establishment, Ontario, Canada
Huang, Y., Cheng, H., Tran, M., Hong, B., & Barense, M.D. (2020).
Phone Icon To cope with stressors at the workplace and at home: ​phone use and its consequences​.
Smarti Gras, Ontario, Canada
Huang, Y., Zhao, X., & Toh, S. M. (2019).
Flask Icon Course: Drugs and the Brain [200 students]
Teaching Assistant and Guest Lecturer on Psychedelics
2023 Spring
Stats Icon Course: Psychological Measurement and Statistics [200 students]
Teaching Assistant and Guest Lecturer on ANOVA
2022 Fall
Service and Outreach
Face Recognition Icon Graduate Representative
Psychology, University of Arizona
2022 - 2024
Face Recognition Icon Psychology Lecturer on Vestibular System
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University of Arizona
2023 Spring
SfN Icon Society for Neuroscience