November 2023: Chaoxiong Ye

“Researcher of the month” introduces the people of Jyväskylä Brain and Mind and their current research news.

Chaoxiong Ye, Academy Research Fellow

Hey Chaoxiong! Who are you and what do you do at JYU?

I'm Chaoxiong Ye, an Academy Research Fellow and a Docent of Cognitive Neuroscience. I am currently leading a project titled “Cognitive and Neural Mechanisms for Processing of Memorable Visual Stimuli” at the Department of Psychology, University of Jyväskylä.

What is your current research interest?

During the past few years, I have been studying the cognitive mechanisms behind short-term memory resource allocation. Recently, I was fortunate to secure a research grant to investigate the neural mechanisms that make certain stimuli more memorable. Our future research will focus not only on the cognitive and neural processes that underlie the transition of information from short-term to long-term memory but also on how specific stimuli are preferentially remembered.

What do you think would be interesting to research in the future?

Currently, most of the memory-related research in the lab involves instructing participants to repetitively complete specific tasks, with participants essentially acting as task performers. There's limited consideration for the role of individual volition in this process, which doesn't necessarily mirror real-world scenarios. Personally, I find it intriguing to explore future research that focuses on the cognitive or neural mechanisms that drive individuals' willingness to engage in memory tasks. Understanding how personal motivation affects memory tasks and the cognitive or neural processes behind these choices could be a compelling way for future research.

Some of Chaoxiong's recent published studies:

  1. Ye, C., Xu, Q., Li, X., Vuoriainen, E., Liu, Q. & Astikainen, P. (2023). Alterations in working memory maintenance of fearful face distractors in depressed participants: an ERP study. Journal of Vision, 3;23(1):10, 1-17.
  2. Xie, W., Ye, C., & Zhang, W. (2023). Negative Emotion Reduces Visual Working Memory Recall Variability: A Meta-analytical Review. Emotion, 23(3), 859-871.
  3. Liu, R., Guo, L., Sun, H., Parviainen, T., Zhou, Z., Cheng, Y., Liu, Q, & Ye, C. (2023). Sustained Attention Required for Effective Dimension-Based Retro-Cue Benefit in Visual Working Memory. Journal of Vision, 23(5):13, 1-24.
  4. Liu, X., Liu, R., Guo, L., Astikainen, P. & Ye, C. (2022). Encoding-specificity instead of online integration of real-world spatial regularities for objects in working memory. Journal of Vision, 22(9):8, 1-20.

More of Chaoxiong's publications can be found in Converis