Zhicheng Lin directs the Cognition and Health lab at CUHKSZ. He currently serves as an associate editor for Frontiers in Psychology, a consulting editor for Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, and an editorial board member for Scientific ReportsAs a Fellow in Psychonomic Society (2015), he received his B.S. in psychology from Peking University in 2007 and his Ph.D. in cognitive and brain sciences from the University of Minnesota in 2012. He worked as a research associate at the 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 behavioral research methods, applications of psychometrics in cognitive and health research, and health and well-being research. His research (as first or corresponding author) has been published in top journals in psychology (e.g., Perspectives on Psychological Science, 2022; Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science, 2022; Psychological Science, 2012, 2014, 2015; Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 2015, 2021; Cognition, 2013, 2020) and neuroscience (e.g., Progress in Neurobiology, 2009; Journal of Neuroscience, 2007, journal club; Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 2008, 2016, commentary).


His main scientific contributions so far are the 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 with initial evidence. For his scientific contributions, he has received several important awards in psychology, including Early Researcher Award from the American Psychological Association (2008), William James Prize from the 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 the University of Minnesota. 

The lab aims to build the best research group in cognition and health research with real-world impacts, including on health practice, public opinions, and social policy. There are three domains: 1) Vision and cognition: What are the basic characteristics of vision/cognition and how do they drive behaviors? How does vision/cognition change across lifespan and how it manifests in different populations? What is the neural basis of vision/cognition?  2) Health and clinical applications: What are the cognitive mechanisms behind health behavior and disorders? How do we promote well-being and human potentials by changing mindsets, attitudes, and behaviors? 3) Science and policy: How to achieve personal improvements and establish better social policies based on scientific evidence? How might we better disseminate such knowledge? How to go from knowledge to actions? How to accelerate the development of psychological education, research, and service in China? How to promote the voice of Chinese psychology on the world stage?

Awards and honors
  • 2021
  • 2020
  • 2019
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2008
  • 01


    科技部科技创新 2030 —“脑科学与类脑研究”重大项目(骨干)Science and Technology Innovation 2030 (Key member)

  • 02


    深圳市科技创新委员会基础研究面上项目 Shenzhen Fundamental Research Program (2021-2024,主持,60万)

  • 03


    ESI (Essential Science Indicators) Highly Cited Paper (top 1% in Psychiatry/Psychology) 高被引论文

  • 04


    国家自然科学基金面上项目 National Natural Science Foundation of China (32071045,2021至2024,主持,58万)

  • 05


    广东省基础与应用基础研究基金联合基金青年项目 Guangdong Basic and Applied Basic Research Foundation(2019A1515110574,2020至2022,10万,主持)

  • 06


    Rising Star Award, Association for Psychological Science

  • 07


    Fellow, Psychonomic Society

  • 08


    William James Prize, Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness

  • 09


    Best Dissertation Award, University of Minnesota

  • 10


    Early Graduate Student Researcher Award, American Psychological Association


PREPRINTS (as first or corresponding author)

  1.    Lin, Z., Ma, Q., & Zhang, Y. (2021, September 5). A systematic neglect to disclose critical visual properties in clinical, developmental, and social psychology.

  2.    Lin, Z., Ma, Q., & Zhang, Y. (2021, September 15). Developing a low-cost method to measure and calibrate luminance and color: validation and tutorial.

  3.    Lin, Z., & Wu, Y. (2021, October 2). Self-construal priming does not shift self-descriptions, value endorsement, or social obligation judgment: A preregistered replication and extension of Gardner, Gabriel, & Lee (1999).

PUBLICATIONS (as first or corresponding author)

   1.   Lin. Z.*, Li, N. (in press). Contextualizing gender disparity in editorship in psychological science. Perspectives on Psychological Science 

   2.   Lin. Z.*, Li, N. (in press). Global diversity of authors, editors, and journal ownership across subdisciplines of psychology: current state and policy implications. Perspectives on Psychological Science 

   3.   Lin, Z.#, Yang, Z.#, Feng, C., Zhang, Y.* (2022). PsyBuilder: an open-source, cross-platform graphical experiment builder for Psychtoolbox with built-in performance optimization. Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science, 5(1), 1–20                                       

   4.   Zhang, F.#Lin, Z.#, Zhang, Y.*, Zhang, M.* (2021). Behavioral evidence for attention selection as entrained synchronization without awareness. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 150(9), 1710–1721 (co-first author)    

   5.   He, J., Zhao, Y., Zhang, H, Lin, Z.* (2021) Orthorexia nervosa is associated with positive body image and life satisfaction in Chinese elderly: evidence for a positive psychology perspective. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 54(2), 212–221                 

   6.   He, J., Zickgraf, H., Ellis, J., Lin, Z.*, Fan, X. (2021). Chinese version of the Nine-Item ARFID Screen: Psychometric properties and cross-cultural measurement invariance. Assessment, 28(2), 537–550

   7.   Lin, Z.#Miao, C.#, Zhang, Y.* (2020). Human electrophysiology reveals delayed but enhanced selection in inhibition of return. Cognition, 205, 104462

   8.   He, J., Sun, S.*, Lin, Z.*, Fan, X. (2020). The association between body appreciation and body mass index among males and females: A meta-analysis. Body Image, 34, 10–26

   9.   He, J., Sun, S.*, Zickgraf, H, Lin, Z.*, Fan, X. (2020). Meta-analysis of gender differences in body appreciation. Body Image, 33, 90–100                                                                             

 10.  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.

 11.  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.               

 12.  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.

 13.  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. 

 14.  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.

 15.  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.

 16.  Lin, Z.*, Murray, S. O. (2014). Priming of awareness or how not to measure visual awareness. Journal of Vision14(1), 1–17.

 17.  Lin, Z.*, Murray, S. O. (2014). Unconscious processing of an abstract concept. Psychological Science25(1), 296–298.                                                                                 

 18.  Lin, Z.*, Murray, S. O. (2013). Visible propagation from invisible exogenous cueing. Journal of Vision13(11), 1–15.

 19.  Lin, Z.* (2013). Object-centered representations support flexible exogenous visual attention across translation and reflection. Cognition129(2), 221–231.

 20.  Lin, Z.*, He, S. (2012). Emergent filling-in induced by motion integration reveals a high level mechanism in filling-in. Psychological Science23(12), 1534–1541.

 21.  Lin, Z.*, He, S. (2012). Automatic frame-centered object representation and integration revealed by iconic memory, visual priming, and backward masking. Journal of Vision12(11), 1–18.

 22.  Lin, Z.*, He, S. (2009). Seeing the invisible: the scope and limits of unconscious processing in binocular rivalry. Progress in Neurobiology87(4), 195–211.

 23.  Lin, Z., Han, S.* (2009). Self-construal priming modulates the scope of visual attention. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology62(4), 802–813.

 24.  Lin, Z., Lin, Y., Han, S.* (2008). Self-construal priming modulates visual activity underlying global/local perception. Biological Psychology77(1), 93–97. 

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

 26.  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.

 27.  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.

PUBLICATIONS (as non-first/corresponding author)

   1.   He, J., Sun, S.*, Lin, Z., Fan, X. (2020). Body dissatisfaction and sexual orientation: A quantitative synthesis of 30 years research findings. Clinical Psychology Review101896.

   2.   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.

   3.   Lavie, N.*, Lin, Z., Zokaei, N, Thoma, V. (2009). The role of perceptual load in object recognition. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance35(5), 1346–1358.


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

   2.   Lin, Z.* (2009). The brain as a mediator of the mind and the world [Book Review]Cortex45(7), 904–905.

   3.   Lin, Z.* (2008). Unconscious inference and conscious representation: why primary visual cortex (V1) is directly involved in visual awareness [Commentary]Behavioral and Brain Sciences31(2), 209–210.

   4.   Lin, Z.* (2007). fMRI adaptation: stimulus specific or processing load specific? [Journal Club] Journal of Neuroscience27(43), 11453–11454.


JournalsActa Psychologica; Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics; Cerebral Cortex; Cognition; Consciousness and Cognition; Frontiers in Psychology (for multiple sections); Journal of Experimental Psychology: General; Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition; Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology; Journal of Vision (awarded an “exceptional reviewer” for three times); Learning & Behavior; Memory & Cognition; PLOS ONE; Psychological Science; Psychonomic Bulletin & Review; Visual Cognition

Grant agencyIsrael Science Foundation; National Science Foundation of China