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Junpeng Lao

Job: PostDoc
Office: RM C-3.116
Rue P.A. de Faucigny 2
1700 Fribourg
Phone: +41 26 300 7668
eMail: junpeng.lao@unifr.ch
Unit: Neurosciences visuelles et sociales      
Personal page: http://junpenglao.xyz/



  • Eye movement modeling
  • Temporal information coding
  • High-level visual recognition


Research fields

I am currently a postdoc in the Department of Psychology at the University of Fribourg under the supervision of Dr. Roberto Caldara.

With a background in Psychology (B.Sc. from Sun Yat-sen University and Ph.D. from the University of Glasgow) and a deep interested in Mathematics and Computation, I study the computational nature of the neural system using various techniques including psychophysics, eye tracking, EEG, fMRI, and simulation. My Ph.D. thesis is on the modulation of high-level social inferences (i.e., Culture) on visual perception (e.g., face perception). My current focus is to model the individual visual perception profiles and their efficiencies (i.e., how visual perception could be archived using various types of strategies).

I am also very passionate in Statistics and data analysis. For example, I am currently maintaining the development of iMap4 - an eye movement analysis toolbox in Matlab.

I interact with my data mostly in Matlab and Python, occasionally in R. You can find more information on the projects I am working on in Github. My academic activities could be found on my Google Scholar profile and my Curriculum Vitae.



Papinutto, M., Lao, J., Ramon, M., Caldara, R., & Miellet, S. (2017). The Facespan - the perceptual span for face recognition. Journal of Vision, 17(5):16, 1-12

Ruffieux*, N., Ramon*, M., Lao*, J., Colombo, F., Stacchi, L., Bourrat, X., Accolla, E., Annoni, J.-M. & Caldara, R. (2016). Residual Perception of Biological Motion in Cortical Blindness. Neuropsychologia, 93, 301-311. 

Lao, J., Miellet, S., Pernet, C., Sokhn, N., & Caldara, R. (2016). iMap4: An Open Source Toolbox for the Statistical Fixation Mapping of Eye Movement data with Linear Mixed Modeling. Behavior Research Methods. doi: 10.3758/s13428-016-0737-x 

Bovet, J., Lao, J., Bartholomée, O., Caldara, R., & Raymond, M. (2016). Mapping female bodily features of attractiveness. Scientific Reports, 6, 18551. doi: 10.1038/srep18551 

Miellet, S., Lao, J., & Caldara, R. (2014). An appropriate use of iMap produces correct statistical results: a reply to McManus (2013)“iMAP and iMAP2 produce erroneous statistical maps of eye-movement differences”. Perception,43, 451-457. 

Lao, J., Vizioli, L., & Caldara, R. (2013). Culture modulates the temporal dynamics of global/local processing. Culture and Brain, 1(2-4), 158-174.

Romeo, M., Vizioli, L., Breukink, M., Aganloo, K., Lao, J., Cotrufo, S., Caldara, R., & Morley, S. (2013). A Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Paradigm to Identify Distinct Cortical Areas of Facial Function: A Reliable Localizer. Plastic and reconstructive surgery, 131(4), 527e-533e. Miellet, S., Zhou, X., He, L., Lao, J., & Caldara, R. (2012).

When East meets West: gaze-contingent Blindspots abolish cultural diversity in eye movements for faces. J. Eye Mov. Res, 5, 1-12. 

Zhou, X., He, L., Yang, Q., Lao, J., & Baumeister, R. F. (2012). Control deprivation and styles of thinking. Journal of personality and social psychology,102(3), 460. 

Département de Psychologie / Departement für Psychologie - R. Faucigny 2 - 1700 Fribourg / Freiburg - Tel +41 26 300 7620 - Fax +41 26 / 300 9712 - psychologie [at] unifr.ch - uni