About STOT II
STOT II is a good chance for undergraduate students to gain a deeper
understanding on selected topics of interest. Students are expected to:
- conduct a detailed literature review
on a selected topic.
- synthesize the theories and research
findings and suggest gaps in our understanding.
- communicate with peers and me (in oral
and written forms) what is learned during the literature review process.
To acheive these objectives, STOT II includes the following requirements:
- reading and thinking outside class
- bi-weekly 2-hour group meetings
- paper outline towards the end of the
- final paper
Assessment will be based on both performance in the process (as reflected
by the first three requirements above) and the final product (final paper),
with equal weightings.
I work on perception, cognition, experience, and consciousness. Some
of the general themes listed below could be great to ponder for STOT II
- How can we fully utilize our mental
potentials by learning?
- How can we use our knowledge about
perception to improve our lives?
- What mental capabilities define human
beings as distinctive from other living organisms?
The following are examples of topics on which I will be excited to explore
together. Students may suggest related topics or even their own new topics,
based on the above-mentioned themes or other research projects conducted
in my lab (see my lab website).
- Developing expertise in recognizing
different real-world objects (e.g., chess,
music, fingerprints, faces, letters and characters, birds, dogs, cars,
security checking, etc.)
- Perception and emotion (and aesthetics)
- Improving our attention
and multitasking abilities?
cognition - How much higher-level reasoning is grounded in perception
learning - How to improve our seemingly fixed perceptual abilities?
creativity, mental imagery, etc.
- Object perception (How do we recognize
the same object in different viewpoints,
perception (How do we know how long events last, and which event
correlates of consciousness (Where can we find consciousness in
- Other creative, fun, or applied questions
Students interested in doing a STOT II with me please send me an email
including your basic information (name and student ID) as well as outlining
1-2 research topics of interest. For each topic of interest please send
me 5-10 questions you come up with. They need not be refined research
questions - questions that you are really curious about would be perfect.
You may also include any other information you think I should know.
362A Sino Building
Department of Psychology
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 3943 6505
Fax: (852) 2603 5019
Email: alancnwong et gmail.com