Chang Shuai, a post-doctoral fellow at the School of Psychology, SCNU, won the Early Career Award 2021 offered by the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 3. He is the only Chinese researcher to be awarded the prize in recent years.

According to the APA website, Division 3, the Society for Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Science has presented awards to honor outstanding new investigators since 1995. Each year the editors of each of the five sections of the Journal of Experimental Psychology are asked to nominate individuals based on the editors’ judgement of the most outstanding empirical papers published or accepted during that year that were authored by a new scholar. The awards committee then makes recommendations to the Div. 3 executive board for final approval. Typically, but not always, there is one winner from each journal.

Chang Shuai’s winning paper is The functional effects of voluntary and involuntary phantom color on conscious awareness, which was published in the 5th issue of Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 2020. In this paper, a series of rigorous behavioral experiments are used to explore the characteristics and possible neural mechanisms of phantom vision. Under the same experimental design, the similarities and differences between voluntary and involuntary phantom vision are compared. The interaction and individual differences between the two are reported, and the scope of application of binocular rivalry perception is expanded, which provides key data support for establishing the theoretical framework of phantom vision. 


Chang Shuai's award certificate.

Having joined the School of Psychology of SCNU in 2019, Chang Shuai’s research mainly focuses on behavior and the neural mechanism of visual cognition and visual imagery disorders. Chang Shuai is a member of professor Meng Ming’s team, which is engaged in cognitive neuroscience research based on brain imaging and psycho-physical methods of perceptual cognition, attention and consciousness. Currently, the team is engaged upon a project of the National Natural Science Foundation of China, and participates in the key research and development plan of "Brain Science and Brain-like Research" in Guangdong province while maintaining close cooperation with many research groups at home and abroad.

Source from SCNU News Center

Translated by He Anqi, Lin Zihao

Proofread by Edwin Baak

Edited by Li Jianru

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