I love doing research. I believed that the ultimate goal of science is to help to improve humans’ well-being, and discovering, exploring cognitive processes are just tally with it. My primary academic interests are exploring the neural correlates of human basic cognitive processes, reciprocally, how these cognitive processes could have represented in cortical areas in the human brain.

During my Ph. D., I focus on the research field of visual perception and numerical cognition, and I am working on my thesis project The role of visual crowding in perceived numerosity under the supervision of Prof. dr. Bilge Sayim and Prof. dr. Bert Reynvoet

Research methods



of Menie, M. A. W., te Nijenhuis, J., Shibaev, V., Li, M., & Smit, J. (2019). Are the effects of lead exposure linked to the g factor? A meta-analysis. Personality and Individual Differences, 137, 184-191.

Ding, X. F (2017). Shiyan xinli xue Shiyan zhidao shouce [An Experiment Instruction Manual of Experimental Psychology]. Wuhan: Shijie tushu chuban gongsi. (Contributed to the authorship)

Conferences & Communications


Li, M., Reynvoet, B., & Sayim. B. (25-29 August, 2019, talk). Crowding reduces numerosity estimates for large numbers. European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP), Leuven, Belgium.

Li, M., Reynvoet, B., & Sayim. B. (23-24 June, 2019, poster). The role of crowding in perceived numerosity. Workshop on Visual Crowding, Murten, Switzerland.

Li, M., Reynvoet. B., & Sayim. B. (9-10 May, 2019, talk). Do crowded displays look less numerous? 8th Annual Meeting ‘Advances in Numerical Cognition Research’, Blankenberge, Belgium.

Working Papers & Works in Progress


Master thesis (Jan 2018 - July 2018)

From past experience to future anticipation: neuro correlates for temporal preparation. Supervised by Dr. Sander Los and Dr. Joram van Driel.

Please contact me if you’d like to voluntarily participate my experiments at Université de Lille.