Hi, I'm Sijia Zhao
In Chinese, Si (思) means thinking and jia (家) means home.
I am a postdoc with Prof. Masud Husain at University of Oxford, investigating the mechanisms underlying fatigue, motivation and apathy in both health and disease.
During my PhD at Prof. Maria Chait’s lab at University College London, I used eye-tracking and EEG to investigate human hearing and attention. Before that, I did BSc Neuroscience and MSc Computer Science, all at UCL.
As a contributor to Pavlovia and PsychoJS, I am also very experienced with running (especially auditory) experiments online (even before the pandemic).
In general, I am interested how the human brain constructs a model of the environment to effectively adapt in an ever-changing world and evaluate how much effort to exert.
I am very keen to promote the awareness of the life of PhD students and postdocs. Listen to "Research as a Lifestyle! 科研这种生活方式!" on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.
In my spare time, I am a popular science writer. Here is my blog and my neuroscience podcast channel. So far, I have published one popular neuroscience book in Chinese and three e-books.