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出生: 1982年8月1日出生于湖南


  • 博士,认知心理学,中山大学,2006-2012

“Dynamic attention allocation during reading”
(论文指导老师: Dr. Erik Reichle & Dr. D.-G, Gao)

  • 国家公派博士联合培养计划,匹兹堡大学,2009-2010
  • 本科,主修心理学,副修计算机科学与技术,中山大学,2001-2005

暑期学校,工作坊 & 专题讨论会

  • Understanding Biological Vision: Theory, Data, and Models, summer semester course in Beijing, July 01-13, 2012.
  • The 3rd Beijing International Symposium on Computational Neuroscience, July 13-14, 2011.
  • Advanced fMRI Course for Basic and Applied Research in Guangzhou, November 17-20, 2010.
  • Public Administration and Complex Science, sponsored by Ministry of Education and National Natural Science Foundation of China in Xi’an, July 14-27, 2009.
  • Workshop on Cognitive Science: From Cellular Mechanisms to Computational Theories in Beijing, 2009.
  • The 1st Cognitive Neuroscience Conference in Beijing, 2006.


  • Consultant (i.e., assistant) for Prof. Erik Reichle in University of Pittsburgh, USA, 2011-2012.
  • Post-doctoral fellow, Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of sciences, 2013-


  • (1) Attention; (2) eye-movement control; (3) language processing; (4) learning; (5) reinforcement; (6) computational cognition/neuroscience (e.g., connective, probability or spiking models); and (7) neural basis of machine learning in higher-order linguistic processing.

荣誉 & 奖励

  1. Chinese scholar fellowship sponsored by China Scholarship Council, 2009-2010.

Representative publications

  • Liu, Y., Reichle, E.D., & Gao, D.-G. (In press). Using reinforcement learning to examine dynamic attention allocation during reading. Cognitive Science. 2013 Feb 21. doi: 10.1111/cogs.12027. (supplemental materials:
  • Reichle, E. D., Liu, Y., & Laurent, P. A. (2011). The emergence of adaptive eye movement control in reading: Theory and data. Studies of Psychology and Behavior, 9, 45-52.
  • Liu, Y., & Reichle, E. D. (2010). The emergence of adaptive eye movements in reading. In S. Ohlsson & R. Catrabone (Eds.), Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1136-1141). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Other publications

Manuscripts in Preparation

  • Liu, Y., & Reichle, E.D. (in prep.) Using reinforcement learning to examine adaptive eye movement in un-spaced language.
  • Liu, Y., & Reichle, E.D. (in prep.) An evolutionary algorithm for error-driven learning via reinforcement.
  • Liu, Y., (in prep.) Zoom in or out? Using reinforcement learning to examine adaptive attention control.
  • Liu, Y., & Huang, R. (in prep.) Flexible word-like segmentation in visual search: insight from eye movement study.



  • Liu, Y., & Reichle, E. D. (2010, August). The emergence of adaptive eye movements in reading. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Portland, OR, USA.



  • Developing or using software (e.g., E-prime, Presentation, Psychotoolbox on Matlab and eye-track related tools, etc.) for behavioral and phychophysiological (e.g., EEG, fMRI) experiments.


  • Basic and advanced statistical models (e.g., mixed model, SEM, etc.).
  • Programming or using available software (e.g., EEGLAB, SPM) to analyze biological signals (e.g., EEG, fMRI).


  • Neural network or probability modeling for eye movement control in reading.
  • Higher-order linguistic processing modeling (e.g., using random walk model to simulate sematic memory retrieval),
  • Probability inference (e.g., concept learning).


  • Reinforcement learning.
  • Statistical (e.g., Bayesian) machine learning.
  • Using machine learning techniques (e.g., SVM) to build models on fMRI signals.


  • 软件工程师,2005
  • 全国计算机等级考试最高级(四级),2005
  • 全国英语等级考试六级,2005


  • Developed a web-based personality assessment tool for Dr Fan’s recruitment research in Auburn University (The accomplishment published on Journal of Applied Psychology, “Testing a new procedure for reducing faking on personality tests within selection contexts”), 2005-2012.
  • Developed software in assessing concentration intelligence for Wrigley, 2007.


  • Mandarin, Cantonese, English.

编程语言 (Linux & Windows)

  • Java, C, C++, Objective-C, Python, MATLAB, R, SQL (e.g., MySQL & SQL server), PHP, JavaScript, VbScript.



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