Stephanie’s current research focuses on cultural differences in visual perceptual learning. A brief abstract of her research is as follows:
Cultural systems can influence cognitive processes such as perceptual learning (Bang, 2015). The ‘analytic’ and ‘holistic’ approaches for instance provides an explanation for the tendency of members from individualistic Western cultures to prioritise focal or feature-based information, whereas individuals from collectivistic Eastern cultures are more likely to prioritise contextual information (Nisbett & Masuda, 2003; Nisbett, Peng, Choi, & Norenzayan, 2001; Rule, Freeman, & Ambady, 2013). The Glass (1969) pattern discrimination task was used to examine cultural differences perceptual learning processes between individualistic and collectivistic cultures when perceiving and discriminating global patterns.
Outcomes of this research would provide evidence of the role of cross-cultural influences on visual perceptual learning processes.Research in this domain can also reveal the nature of visual perceptual learning and brain plasticity – subsequently contributing to the development of training paradigms which ensure equal opportunities for learning regardless of cultural background.
Ethan Myers - An EEG and computational modelling investigation into cultural differences in visual perceptual learning (co-supervised by Prof. Eirini Mavritsaki and Prof. Maxine Lintern [BCU], Dr Panos Rentzelas [UCL], and Prof. Zoe Kourtzi [University of Cambridge])
Rahmi Salviviani - Exploring the influence of middle managers’ cognitive styles on their strategic roles’ enactment (co-supervised by Prof. Alexandros Psychogios [DoS] and Prof. Eirini Mavritsaki)
Chua, S. Y., Rentzelas, P., Frangou, P., Kourtzi, Z., Lintern, M., & Mavritsaki, E. (2022). Cultural differences in visual perceptual learning. International Journal of Psychology, 57(3), 377-386. https://doi.org/10.1002/ijop.12824
Mavritsaki, E., Chua, S., & Rentzelas, P. (In Preparation). Cross-Cultural Differences in Attention: An investigation through computational modelling. Cognitive Computation.
Chua, S., Rentzelas, P., Kourtzi, Z., Lintern, M., & Mavritsaki, E. (2019). The influence of self-construal priming on visual perceptual learning. Journal of Vision, 19(10), 185c. https://doi.org/10.1167/19.10.185c (Conference abstract)
Mavritsaki, E., Chua, S., Kourtzi, Z., Lintern, M., & Rentzelas, P. (2018). Cross-cultural differences in perceptual learning. Journal of Vision, 18, 279. https://doi.org/10.1167/18.10.277 (Conference abstract)