Shan Xu

Shan Xu

School of Psychology
Doctoral Researcher

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School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Title of PhD: Affordances and awareness

Supervisors: Professor Glyn Humphreys, Dr Dietmar Heinke

Shan is interested in visual affordance, attention and their relation to visual awareness. She is attempting to combine behavioral, ERPs and brain imaging techniques in this work.


Shan received her B.Sc. and a M.Sc. in Psychology from Peking University, China. She participated in two projects supported by National Natural Science Foundations of China, investigating neural mechanism of visual awareness and unconscious self processing.


Affordance, attention and consciousness


Geng Haiyan, Song Qianlan, Li Yunfeng, Xu Shan & Zhu Ying. Attentional Modulation of Motion-Induced Blindness. Chinese Science Bulletin, 2007, 52 (8): 1063-1070.

Xu, S., Zhang, S. and Geng, H. (2011) Gaze-induced joint attention persists under high perceptual load and does not depend on awareness. Vision Research, 51 (18): 2048-2056.

Geng, H. and Xu, S. (2011) "Unconscious Self-processing: Subconscious, Unintentional or Subliminal?". In Han, S. & Pöppel, E. (Eds.) Culture and Neural Frames of Cognition and Communication. Springer Berlin Heidelberg 93-107