Xiaoqing Gao, Ph.D.
Tel: +86 (571) 8827-6299
Atypical Early Life Experience, Neural Plasticity, Multisensory integration
Dr. Gao has been studying the development of high-level visual functions in children since his PhD work. His research approach includes visual psychophysics and fMRI. Especially, by tracking patients who had early visual deprivation as a result of congenital cataract, he investigates the role of early visual input in the development of visual functions and their neural underpinnings. Recently, Dr. Gao developed a highly efficient fMRI paradigm, in collaboration with Dr. Bruno Rossion at University of Louvain. With this paradigm, he studies functional organization of the occipitotemporal cortex in normal population and studies functi-onal localization in epileptic patients before and after surgery.
2018.09 to present Assistant Professor Center for Psychological Sciences, Zhejiang University
2015.09-2018.08 Marie Curie Actions postdoctoral fellow Psychological Sciences Research Institute and Institute of Neuroscience, University of Louvain, Belgium
2014.01-2015.08 CIHR postdoctoral fellow， Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study, University of Toronto
2010.07-2013.12 Postdoctoral fellow， Centre for Vision Research, York University
Education and Training
2005-2010 Ph.D. in Psychology McMaster University, Canada
2002-2005 M.A. in Psychology Zhejiang University
1998-2002 B.S. in Psychology Zhejiang University
Selected Research Projects
2014 – 2018，The effect of early visual deprivation from cataracts on the development of cross-modal processing，
ERC grant, sub-project, local investigator
 Gao, X.,Vuong, Q.C., &Rossion, B. (In press). The cortical face network of the prosopagnosic patient PS with fast periodic stimulation in fMRI.
 Gao, X., Gentile F., &Rossion, B. (2018). Fast periodic stimulation (FPS): a highly effective approach in fMRI brain mapping.
Brain Structure and Function, 223(5), 2433-2454. DOI:10.1007/s00429-018-1630-4
 Gao, X., Lahat, Y., Maurer, D., Savoy, C., Van Lieshout, R. J., Boyel, M. H., Saigal, S., & Schmidt, L., A. (2017). Sensitivity to facial expressions
among extremely low birth weight survivors in their 30s. Developmental Psychobiology. DOI:10.1002/dev.21580
 Gao, X., LoBue, V., Irving, J., & Harvey, T. (2016). The effect of spatial frequency information and visual similarity in threat detection.
Cognition and Emotion, 18, 1-11.
 Gao, X., Maurer, D., & Wilson, H.R. (2015). The PCA learning effect: an emerging correlate of face memory during childhood.
 Gao, X.& Wilson, H. R. (2014). Implicit learning of geometric eigenfaces. Vision Research, 99, 12-18.
 Gao, X.& Wilson, H. R. (2013). The neural representation of face space dimensions. Neuropsychologia, 51, 1787-1793.
 Gao, X.& Maurer, D. (2011). A comparison of spatial frequency tuning for the recognition of facial identity and facial expressions
in adults and children. Vision Research, 51, 508-519.
 Gao, X. & Maurer, D. (2010). A happy story: developmental changes in children’s sensitivity to facial expressions of varying intensities.
Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 107, 67-86.
 Gao, X., Maurer, D., & Nishimura, M. (2010). Similarities and differences in the perceptual structure of facial expressions of children and adults.
Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 105, 81-97.