Lab: Vision and Accessibility (VISA) Lab

Education and Training:
University of California, Berkeley, Postdoc, 2019-2020
University of Minnesota, Postdoc, 2015-2019
Northeastern University (Boston), Ph.D., 2015

Current Instructor: Psychological Statistics, Psychology of Perception


Academic Interests and Expertise

My research focuses on basic and applied aspects of visual processing (attention, perception and memory). A current emphasis is on the understanding of visual impairment and related accessibility issues, with the goal to promote the (re-)design of accessible spaces and products (including autonomous vehicles). To achieve our research goals, we adopt multiple methodologies, including psychophysics, eye tracking, computational modeling and driving simulation.

Areas of Research Interest

Research Interests: Visual Attention, Perception and Memory; Visual Impairment Rehabilitation; Accessible Design; Autonomous Driving


Selected Publications:

Qian, J., Li, Z., Zhang, K., & Lei, Q. (2020). Relation matters: relative depth order is stored in working memory for depth. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 27, 341–349.

Lei, Q., & Reeves, A. (2018). When the weaker conquer: A contrast-dependent illusion of visual numerosity. Journal of Vision, 18(7):8, 1-16.

Reeves, A., & Lei, Q. (2017). Short-term visual memory for location in depth: A U-shaped function of time. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 79(7), 1917-1932.

Thompson, W. B., Legge, G. E., Kersten, D. J., Shakespeare, R. A., & Lei, Q. (2017). Simulating visibility under reduced acuity and contrast sensitivity. Journal of the Optical Society of America A, 34(4), 583-593

Reeves, A. & Lei, Q. (2014). Is visual short-term memory depthful? Vision Research, 96, 106-112.

Bao Y., Lei, Q., Fang Y., Tong Y., Schill K., Pöppel E., & Strasburger H. (2013). Inhibition of return in the visual field: the eccentricity effect is independent of cortical magnification. Experimental Psychology, 60(6), 425-431.

Lei, Q., Bao, Y., Wang, B., & Gutyrchik, E. (2012). FMRI correlates of inhibition of return in perifoveal and peripheral visual field. Cognitive Processing, 13(1), 223-227.