Professional Preparations
Beijing University, China   Psychology                       B.S. (with honor), 1996
Yale University                  Psychology                       Ph.D., 2000 (advisor: Marvin Chun)
MIT                                   Brain & Cog. Sciences
      postdoc, 2001-2003 (advisor: Nancy Kanwisher)


Harvard University             Assistant Professor of Psychology   2003-2007
University of Minnesota     Assistant Professor (2007-2008), Associate Professor (2008-2014), Full Professor (2014-)

2008-2011                      McKnight Presidential Fellowship, University of Minnesota
2009                               Best article of the year, Psychonomic Society (Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics)
2005-2008                      Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award
2004                               Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists & Engineers
2002                               American Psychological Association, Div. 3, Young Investigator
2001-2003                      Helen Hay Whitney Research Fellowship
2001                               Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience, Dartmouth

Courses taught

Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
The Psychology of Attention
Applying fMRI to Cognitive Research
Brain & Cognitive Processes
Cognitive Neuroscience
Proseminar in Cognition, Brain, & Behavior
Autism and Attention
Research Laboratory: attention, memory, & cognition


Publication link is here. Google Scholar link is here.


Associate Editor, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance (2005-2010)
Editorial Board, Psychological Science (2005-2008; 2011-present)
I also do a fair amount of ad hoc reviewing for various psychology and neuroscience journals and funding agencies.
I was a member of the Women Faculty Cabinet (2012-2015) at the University of Minnesota

Students Advised
Tim Vickery (PhD advisee, Harvard University, 2003-2008): Assistant professor, University of Delaware
Rachel Sussman (MS, Harvard University, 2004-2006): MD, Stanford
Won-Mok Shim (postdoc advisee, Harvard University, 2005-2007): Assistant professor, Dartmouth College
Tal Makovski (postdoc advisee, Harvard & Minnesota, 2005-2011): Associate Professor, the Open University of Israel
Khena Swallow (postdoc advisee, University of Minnesota, 2007-2013): Assistant Professor, Cornell University
Bo-Yeong Won (PhD advisee, University of Minnesota, 2009-2014): Postdoc researcher, Ohio State University
Joo-Hyun Song (graduate student, Harvard University, 2003-2006): Assistant Professor, Brown University

Work in my lab is/was funded by NIH, NSF, ARO, ONR, the Simons Foundation, and others.