Sijia Zhao
sijia.zhao.10 [at] ucl.ac.uk

Hi, I'm Sijia Zhao

In Chinese, Si (思) means thinking and jia (家) means home.

Previously, I was a post-doc at Prof. Maria Chait’s lab at University College London, investigating physiological markers for auditory salience. I am broadly interested in cognitive neuroscience and artificial intelligence, and specialise in pupillometry and EEG.

I passed my PhD viva in April 2018. My PhD was in Auditory Neuroscience at UCL (2015–2018) supervised by Professors Maria Chait and Fred Dick. Before that, I did BSc Neuroscience and MSc Computer Science, all at UCL.

In my spare time, I am a part-time popular science writer. Here is my blog and my podcast channel. So far, I have published one popular neuroscience book in Chinese and three e-books.

Publications


Zhao, S., Chait, M., Dick, F., Dayan, P., Furukawa, S., Liao, H.-I., 2019a. Pupil-linked phasic arousal evoked by violation but not emergence of regularity within rapid sound sequences. Nature Communications 10, 1–16. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-019-12048-1
Zhao, S., Yum, N.W., Benjamin, L., Benhamou, E., Yoneya, M., Furukawa, S., Dick, F., Slaney, M., Chait, M., 2019b. Rapid Ocular Responses Are Modulated by Bottom-up-Driven Auditory Salience. Journal of Neuroscience 39, 7703–7714. https://doi.org/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0776-19.2019

Preprints


Zhao, S., Bury, G., Milne, A., Chait, M., 2019. Pupillometry as an objective measure of sustained attention in young and older listeners. bioRxiv 579540. https://doi.org/10.1101/579540
Jagiello, R., Pomper, U., Yoneya, M., Zhao, S., Chait, M., 2018. Rapid Brain Responses to Familiar vs. Unfamiliar Music - an EEG and Pupillometry study. bioRxiv. https://doi.org/10.1101/466359

What's new


2019/09/30
Today is my last day at UCL. I will join Dean Mobb's lab at Caltech in January 2020.
2019/06/27
Attending Interdisciplinary Advances in Statistical Learning 2019 in San Sebastian, Spain, supported by a travel grant from the Guarantors of Brain. I will present a poster (#PS-3.19) between 11:20–12:40 on Saturday 29th June at the Miramar Palace.
2019/05/27
Attending Biology of Decision Making (SBDM) at University of Oxford, England. I will present a poster (#123) on Wednesday. Come along if you are interested in pupil dilation and/or uncertainty!
2018/11/14-15
Attending Attention to Sound organised by The Royal Society at Chicheley Hall, Newport Pagnell, England.
2018/06/12
I was awarded with Brain Travel Award to present my poster Sensitivity to Pattern Changes in Rapid, Stochastic Tone Sequences at the 8th Mismatch Negativity conference in Helsinki, Finland.
2018/04/20
I passed my viva with no corrections! Yay!
2018/03
Presenting my poster at Cognitive Neuroscience Society in Boston, US. Met my academic grandpa David Poeppel (Maria's PhD supervisor).
2017/12
My book Guide to the Brain is now also available in Traditional Chinese, in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.
2017/09
Gave a lecture on pupillometry to PhD students from INTERLEARN, Center for Brain and Cognitive Development at Birkbeck, University of London.
2017/09
Presenting my work at the International Conference on Auditory Cortex in Banff, Alberta, Canada.
2017/02
Presenting three posters at the 2017 Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO), in Baltimore, US. ARO is one of the biggest conference for auditory guys (like me).
2016/09–2016/12
Academic visit at NTT, Atsugi, Japan.
2016/10
My popular neuroscience book 大腦使用指南 (Guide to the Brain) is published in China! It’s the first neuroscience book written by a mainland writer (me!).
2016/02
Gave my first talk at 2016 ARO, in San Diego, US.
2015/01
Starting PhD in Auditory Neuroscience at UCL Ear Institute, supervised by Maria Chait and Fred Dick.

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