Zhicheng Lin directs the Cognition and Health lab. He received his B.S. in psychology from Peking University in 2007 and his Ph.D. in cognitive and brain sciences from University of Minnesota in 2012. He worked as a research associate at University of Washington and the Ohio State University, before starting his current position at CUHK Shenzhen in 2019.


His long-standing research interests concern cognitive processes underlying human behaviors, focusing particularly on visual attention, perception, and consciousness. His more recent interests include health interventions in both myopia and the general population. He has published as the corresponding author in top journals in psychology and neuroscience, including Psychological Science, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Cognition, Progress in Neurobiology, Journal of Neuroscience, and Behavioral and Brain Sciences.


His main scientific contributions so far are his discoveries of the spatial structures and temporal regularities in human visual processing, including unconscious processing. In particular, his research reveals how space that is centered on an object plays a crucial role in perception, attention, and memory; discovers the important role of close past experience in determining visual perception, awareness, and attention; and proposes a fragile-binding framework for unconscious processing and provide some evidence.


For his scientific contributions, he has received several important awards in psychology, including Early Researcher Award from American Psychological Association (2008), William James Prize from Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness (2014), and Rising Star Award from Association for Psychological Science (2015). His dissertation won the Best Dissertation Award from University of Minnesota. He was elected Fellow in Psychonomic Society in 2015. Since 2017, he has been an associate editor for the journal Frontiers in Psychology.

Awards and Honors
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2008
  • 01


    Rising Star Award, Association for Psychological Science

  • 02


    Fellow, Psychonomic Society

  • 03


    William James Prize, Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness

  • 04


    Best Dissertation Award, University of Minnesota

  • 05


    Early Graduate Student Researcher Award, American Psychological Association

Academic Publications

Lin, Z., Dosher, B. A., Lu, Z-L. (2017). Mixture of easy trials enables transient and sustained perceptual improvements through priming and perceptual learning. Scientific Reports, 7(7421). Doi:10.1038/s41598-017-06989-0.

Lin, Z. (2016). Consciousness for perception and for action: a perspective from unconscious binding [Commentary]Behavioral and Brain Sciences39. Doi:10.1017/S0140525X15002150.

Lin, Z., Lu, Z-L. (2016). Automaticity of phasic alertness: evidence for a three-component model of visual cueing. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 78(7), 1949–1967.

Lin, Z., Lu, Z-L, He, S. (2016). Decomposing experience-driven attention: opposite attentional effects of previously predictive cues. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 78(7), 2185–2198.

Lu, Z-L., Lin, Z, Dosher, B. A. (2016). Translating perceptual learning from the laboratory to applications. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 20(8), 561–563.

Lin, Z., Murray, S. O. (2015). More power to the unconscious: Conscious, but not unconscious, exogenous attention requires location variation. Psychological Science, 26(2), 221–230.

Lin, Z., Murray, S. O. (2015). Automaticity of unconscious response inhibition: Comment on Chiu and Aron (2014). Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 144(1), 244–254.

Lin, Z. (2014). Voluntary spatial attention induces spatial facilitation and object-centered suppression. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 40(3), 968–982.

Lin, Z., Murray, S. O. (2014). Priming of awareness or how not to measure visual awareness. Journal of Vision, 14(1), 1–17.

Lin, Z., Murray, S. O. (2014). Unconscious processing of an abstract concept. Psychological Science, 25(1), 296–298.

Lin, Z., Murray, S. O. (2013). Visible propagation from invisible exogenous cueing. Journal of Vision, 13(11), 1–15.

Lin, Z. (2013). Object-centered representations support flexible exogenous visual attention across translation and reflection. Cognition, 129(2), 221–231.

Lin, Z., He, S. (2012). Emergent filling-in induced by motion integration reveals a high level mechanism in filling-in. Psychological Science, 23(12), 1534–1541.

Lin, Z., He, S. (2012). Automatic frame-centered object representation and integration revealed by iconic memory, visual priming, and backward masking. Journal of Vision, 12(11), 1–18.

Lin, Z., He, S. (2009). Seeing the invisible: the scope and limits of unconscious processing in binocular rivalry. Progress in Neurobiology, 87(4), 195–211.

Lavie, N., Lin, Z., Zokaei, N, Thoma, V. (2009). The role of perceptual load in object recognition. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 35(5), 1346–1358.

Lin, Z., Han, S. (2009). Self-construal priming modulates the scope of visual attention. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 62(4), 802–813.

Lin, Z. (2009). The brain as a mediator of the mind and the world [Book Review]. Cortex, 45(7), 904–905.

Lin, Z., Lin, Y., Han, S. (2008). Self-construal priming modulates visual activity underlying global/local perception. Biological Psychology, 77(1), 93–97.

Lin, Z. (2008). Unconscious inference and conscious representation: why primary visual cortex (V1) is directly involved in visual awareness [Commentary]. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 31(2), 209–210.

Lin, Z. (2007). fMRI adaptation: stimulus specific or processing load specific? [Journal Club] Journal of Neuroscience, 27(43), 11453–11454.


林志成 (2007). 联合注意: 早期发展的里程碑. 心理科学, 30(5), 1155–1157. 

林志成 (2006). 信念归因的机制: fMRI 能告诉我们什么? 心理发展与教育, 22(4), 124–128. 

林志成 (2005). 眼睛注视: 独特的还是不独特的? 心理科学进展, 13(4), 398–405.