Zili Liu, Ph.D.

Work Address:
1543 Psychology Tower Building
1643B Psychology Tower Building

Affiliations
Affiliations
Professor, Psychology, Cognitive Psychology
Member, Brain Research Institute, Neuroscience GPB Home Area
Biography

Zili Liu studies visual perception -- how people see and why they see the way they do (http://zililab.psych.ucla.edu). He joined UCLA's Psychology Department in 2001. Dr. Liu received his Ph.D. in Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences, and his M.S. in Applied Mathematics, both from Brown University. He received his B.Sc. in Physics, from Beijing (Peking) University, China. He supports Rural China Education Foundation (http://www.ruralchina.org/)

Publications

A selected list of publications:

Gennady Erlikhman, Gurjyot Singh, Tandra Ghose, Zili Liu   The effect of perceptual contour orientation uncertainty on the tilt aftereffect Vision Research, 2019; 158: 126-134.
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Yang (Mac) Xing, Zili Liu.   A Preference for Minimal Deformation Constrains the Perceived Depth of a Stereokinetic Stimulus Vision Research, 2018; 153: 53--59.
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Daniele Zavagno, Olga Daneyko, and Zili Liu.   The influence of physical illumination on lightness perception in simultaneous contrast displays i-Perception, 2018; 9(4): 1-22.
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Ren Na, Taiyong Bi, Bosco S. Tjan, Zili Liu, and Fang Fang   Effect of Task Difficulty on Blood-Oxygen-Level-Dependent Signal: a Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Study in a Motion Discrimination Task PLOS ONE, 2018; .
Andrew Silva, Zili Liu   Spatial proximity modulates the strength of motion opponent suppression elicited by locally paired dot displays Vision Research, 2018; 144: 1--8.
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Chela Willey and Zili Liu   Limited generalization with varied, as compared to specific, practice in short-term motor learning Acta Psychologica, 2018; 182: 39-45.
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Willey, C. and Liu, Z.   Long-term motor learning: Effects of varied and specific practice Vision Research, 2018; 152: 10-16.
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Jinfeng Huang; Ju Liang; Yifeng Zhou; Zili Liu   Transfer in motion discrimination learning was no greater in double training than in single training Journal of Vision, 2017; 17(6): 1-10.
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Hongjing Lu, Bosco S. Tjan, and Zili Liu   Human efficiency in detecting and discriminating biological motion Journal of Vision, 2017; 17(6): 1 -- 14.
Jiawei Zhou, Zili Liu, Simon Clavagnier, Alexandre Reynaud, and Fang Hou.   Visual Plasticity in Adults, Neural Plasticity, 2017; 2017: 2.
Benjamin Thompson; Choi Deblieck; Allan D Wu; Marco Iacoboni; Zili Liu.   Psychophysical and rTMS evidence for the presence of motion opponency in human V5 Brain Stimulation, 2016; .
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Ju Liang, Yifeng Zhou, Zili Liu.   Examining the Standard Model of Signal Detection Theory in motion discrimination, Journal of Vision (Special Issue on Perceptual Learning), 2016; 16(9): doi:10.1167/16.7.9.
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Zili Liu, Xiaoyang Yang, Helene Intraub.   Boundary extension: Insights from Signal Detection Theory Journal of Vision, 2016; 16(8): 1--10.
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Jennifer Chang, Yifeng Zhou, Zili Liu.   Limited top-down influence from recognition to same-different matching of Chinese characters PLoS ONE, 2016; 11(6): e0156517. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0156517.
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Ju Liang, Yifeng Zhou, Manfred Fahle, and Zili Liu   Limited Transfer of Long-Term Motion Perceptual Learning with Double Training Journal of Vision (Special Issue: Perceptual Learning), 2015; 15(1): 1 - 9.
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Ju Liang, Yifeng Zhou, Manfred Fahle, Zili Liu   Specificity of motion discrimination learning even with double training and staircase Journal of Vision (Special Issue: Perceptual Learning), 2015; 15(3): 1 - 10.
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Andrew Silva and Zili Liu.   Opponent Backgrounds Reduce Discrimination Sensitivity to Competing Motions: Effects of Different Vertical Motions on Horizontal Motion Perception Vision Research, 2015; 113: 55-64.
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Nihong Chen, Taiyong Bi, Tiangang Zhou, Sheng Li, Zili Liu, and Fang Fang.   Sharpened cortical tuning and enhanced cortico-cortical communication contribute to the long-term neural mechanisms of visual motion perceptual learning Neuro Image, 2015; 115: 17 -- 29.
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Tandra Ghose, Zili Liu.   Generalization between canonical and non-canonical views in object recognition Journal of Vision, 2013; 13(1): 1--15.
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Benjamin Thompson, Bosco S. Tjan, Zili Liu.   Perceptual Learning of Motion Direction Discrimination with Suppressed and Unsuppressed MT in Humans: An fMRI Study PLoS ONE, 2013; 8(1): 1--14.
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Xiaoxiao Wang, Yifeng Zhou, Zili Liu.   Transfer in motion perceptual learning depends on the difficulty of the training task Journal of Vision, 2013; 13((7):5): 1 -- 9.
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Xuan Huang, Hongjing Lu, Yifeng Zhou, Zili Liu.   General and specific perceptual learning in radial speed discrimination Journal of Vision, 2011; 11(4, article 7): 1 -- 11.
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Hongjing Lu, Zili Liu.   When a never-seen but less-occluded image is better recognized: Evidence from same-different matching experiments and a model Journal of Vision, 2009; 9(4): 1-12.
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Lu H, Liu Z   When a never-seen but less-occluded image is better recognized: Evidence from old–new memory experiments Journal of Vision, 2008; 8(7(31)): 1-9.
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Zhou J, Tjan B S, Zhou Y, Liu Z   Better discrimination for illusory than for occluded perceptual completions Journal of Vision, 2008; 8(7(26)): 1-17.
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Zhou J, Gotch C, Zhou Y, Liu Z   Perceiving an object in its context -- is the context cultural or perceptual? Journal of Vision, 2008; 8(12(2)): 1-5.
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Huang X, Lu H, Tjan BS, Zhou Y, Liu Z   Motion perceptual learning: When only task-relevant information is learned Journal of Vision, 2007; 7(10:14): 1-10.
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Hou F, Lu H, Zhou Y, Liu Z.   "Amodal completion impairs stereo acuity discrimination", Vision Research, 2006; 46: 2061-2068.
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Lu H, Zavagno D, Liu Z.   "The glare effect does not give rise to a longer lasting afterimage", Perception, 2006; 35: 701 -- 707.
Thompson B, Liu Z.   Learning motion discrimination with suppressed and unsuppressed MT, Vision Research, 2006; 46: 2110-2121.
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Rokers B, Yuille A, Liu Z.   The perception of a stereokinetic stimulus, Vision Research, 2006; 46: 2375 -- 2387.
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Lu H, Liu Z   Computing dynamic classification images from correlation maps Journal of Vision [electronic resource], 2006; 6: 475 -- 483.
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Lu H, Tjan B S, Liu Z.   "Shape recognition alters sensitivity in stereoscopic depth discrimination" Journal of Vision [electronic resource], 2006; 6: 75--86.
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Tjan, B S Liu, Z.   Symmetry impedes symmetry discrimination Journal of vision [electronic resource], 2005; 5(10): 888-900.
Rokers B, Liu Z.   "On the minimal relative motion principle -- lateral displacement of a contracting bar", Journal of Mathematical Psychology, 2004; 48(4): 292-295.
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Liu Z.   "On the principle of minimal relative motion -- the oscillating tilted bar" Journal of Mathematical Psychology, 2004; 48: 196-198.
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Lu, H Qian, N Liu, Z   Learning motion discrimination with suppressed MT Vision research. , 2004; 44(15): 1817-25.
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Liu, Z Kersten, D   Three-dimensional symmetric shapes are discriminated more efficiently than asymmetric ones Journal of the Optical Society of America. A, Optics, image science, and vision, 2003; 20(7): 1331-40.
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Liu Z.   "On the principle of minimal relative motion -- the bar, the circle with a dot, and the ellipse" Journal of Vision [electronic resource], 2003; 3: 625--629.
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Matthews N, Liu Z, Qian N.   "The effect of orientation learning on contrast sensitivity" Vision Research, 2001; 41: 463-471.
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Liu, Z Weinshall, D   Mechanisms of generalization in perceptual learning Vision research, 2000; 40(1): 97-109.
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Liu Z.   "Learning a visual skill that generalizes across motion directions" Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 1999; 96: 14085-14087.
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Matthews N, Liu Z, Geesaman B J, Qian N.   "Perceptual learning on orientation and direction discrimination" Vision Research, 1999; 39: 3692-3701.
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Liu, Z Jacobs, DW Basri, R   The role of convexity in perceptual completion: beyond good continuation Vision research. , 1999; 39(25): 4244-57.
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Liu, Z Kersten, D Knill, DC   Dissociating stimulus information from internal representation--a case study in object recognition Vision research, 1999; 39(3): 603-12.
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Liu, Z Kersten, D   2D observers for human 3D object recognition? Vision research. , 1998; 38(15-16): 2507-19.
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Liu, Z Vaina, LM   Simultaneous learning of motion discrimination in two directions Brain research. Cognitive brain research, 1998; 6(4): 347-9.
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Liu, Z   Viewpoint dependency in object representation and recognition Spatial vision, 1996; 9(4): 491-521.
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Liu, Z Knill, DC Kersten, D   Object classification for human and ideal observers Vision research, 1995; 35(4): 549-68.
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Zhang, S. W. Wang, X. Liu, Z. Srinivasan, M V.   Visual tracking of moving targets by freely flying honeybees Visual neuroscience, 1990; 4(4): 379-86.
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