Yu Luo

PhD student in Cognitive Science
University of British Columbia

About me

I'm currently a PhD student in Cognitive Science with Dr.Jiaying Zhao at the University of British Columbia, where I completed my M.A. in Cognitive Science and B.Sc. in Behavioral Neuroscience. I'm interested in how our cognitive system interacts with the highly structured environment, specifically the cognitive consequences of statistical learning. Moreover, I'm interested in how people perceive and understand numerical information, and how behaviour science contributes to environment and sustainability.

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Statistical learning

One major line of my research has been focused on the cognitive consequences of statistical learning. As the environment is highly structured, containing regularities in terms of how objects co-occur in space and time, statistical learning is an automatic process that allows the extraction of regularities, and thus produces implicit knowledge about the associations between individual objects. Specifically, I have investigating how statistical learning guides the spatial scale of attention, generates novel inferences based on transitive relations and across the categorical hierarchy, facilitates rule learning and generalizations, and creates false memories. Thus, statistical learning supports a wide range of cognitive functions beyond the extraction of object associations.

Environmental Cognition

Sustainability depends on both an intention to act and the accurate implementation of actions. Focusing on waste disposal, I developed a sorting game to identify and correct the most prominent biases in recycling and composting behaviors. The sorting game was also launched in residences to improve students’ sorting behaviors. Play the game!

People’s perceptions of their physical environment are related to their environmental actions and their subjective wellbeing. To further investigate this topic, I developed an assessment tool for a private company to examine its clients' subjective wellbeing at work. Try the assessment!