PhD Student

Ya Gao

PhD Student



I am working on the project ‘Statistical Learning in visual search’ under the supervision of Prof. Jan Theeuwes.


I obtained my BSc (Psychology) at Anhui University and MSc (Applied Psychology) at Southwest University (Chongqin). During my research master, I completed one research project. I studied the underlying neural correlates of face identity aftereffect by using EEG technique and ERP analysis.

Research interest

My current research interest is statistical regularity in visual search and how people extract this regularity, e.g. do people take great effort to learn this regularity; is this statistical learning process independent of top-down attention.

Recent publications

Gao, Y., & Theeuwes, J. (2020). Learning to suppress a distractor is not affected by working memory load. Psychonomic bulletin & review, 27(1), 96-104. Gao, Y., & Wang, X. (2020). A Proportionally Suppressed and Prolonged LPP Acts as A Neurophysiological Correlate of Face Identity Aftereffect. Brain Research, 146969. Wu, Y., Guo, X., Gao, Y., Wang, Z., & Wang, X. (2019). Meaning enhances discrimination of merged phonemes: A mismatch negativity study. Brain research1724, 146433.