I’m currently a postdoc in the department of Psychology & Behavioral Sciences at Zhejiang University and I work with Dr. Hui Chen and Dr. Mowei Shen. I’m interested in visual perception and cognition, attention, memory, aesthetics, and philosophy of mind.
I'm also an organizer of OPAM (Object Perception, Attention, and Memory) conference, and looking forward to seeing you there!
My main project is about seeing what's possible.
I completed my undergraduate with double degrees in Brain & Cognitive Science and Psychology with double minors in Mathematics and Philosophy at University of Rochester.
At UofR, I worked with Dr. Bradford Mahon and completed an Honors Thesis about the Representation of Object Affordances in the Posterior Parietal Lobe.
My research comes from my questions
You can see the possibility to complete the puzzle pieces;
You can see the possibility of the Tetris piece to fit into the bottom parts;
You can see the possibility of a full bed when assembling furniture...
So, What's the nature of this experience?
Can we perceive possible objects automatically?
Could this effect be generalized to other shapes, alignment, and orientations?
Do we still compute the possible objects automatically even when the task is irrelevant?
Does Perceived possibility matter?
(e.g., can our perception of possibility influence our estimation of numerosity?)
How much experience do we need to perceive possibility?
(e.g. Do kids have the same experience as adults?)
My expression of the research
Fu, Y.+, Guan, C+., Tam, J., O'Donnell R.E., Shen, M., Wyble, B., Chen, H. (2023). Attention with or without working memory: mnemonic reselection of attended information. Trends in Cognitive Sciences. [PDF] [Co-first authored]
Zhu, P., Yang, Q., Chen, L., Guan, C., Zhou, J., Shen, M., & Chen, H. (2023). Working memory-guided attention competes with exogenous attention but not with endogenous attention. Behavioral Sciences, 13(5):426. [PDF]
Guan, C., & Firestone, C. (2020). Seeing what’s possible: Disconnected visual parts are confused for their potential wholes. Journal of experimental psychology: general, 149(3), 590. [PDF]
Guan, C., Schwitzgebel, D., Hafri, A., & Firestone, C. (under review). Part-whole effects in visual number estimation.
Liu, H., Tang, E., Guan, C., Li, J., Zheng, J., Zhou, D., Shen, M. & Chen, H. (under review). Not socially blind: unimpaired perception of social interaction in schizophrenia.
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