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

My overarching goal is to investigate human memory 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 a virtual environment, 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 email me.

Research Interests:
Human Brain Cartoon Human memory
Virtual Reality Cartoon Naturalistic stimuli
Machine Learning Cartoon Machine learning 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 BSc in Psychology; Minor: Biology and Anthropology
University of Toronto | 2016 - 2020
University of Toronto Logo # cognitive psychology; # spatial navigation Computational Modeling of Path Integration and Landmark Navigation Using Immersive Virtual Reality
Advisors: Dr. Arne Ekstrom and Dr. Robert Wilson
Aug 2022 - Present
University of Toronto Logo # developmental psychology; # AI-assisted 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: Devhaus Technologies
Jun 2020 - Jul 2022
University of Toronto Logo # cognitive psychology; # episodic memory Temporal Distance & Event Boundaries Affect Recall Richness
Funder: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
Advisor: Dr. Morgan Barense
Sep 2019 - Dec 2020
University of Toronto Logo # 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
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).
University of Toronto Logo 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).