Sophia Wei DENG, Ph.D.

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENT

2016 – present

2015 – 2016

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Macau

Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Psychology, The Ohio State University

EDUCATION

2009 – 2015

Ph.D., Psychology (Developmental); M.A., Psychology

The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA

2005 – 2009 

B.S.(Honors), Psychology
Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Cognitive Development, Categorization, Attention, Memory, and Learning Mechanisms 

GRANTS

2020 – 2022

Principal Investigator. The development of category learning and its mechanisms: An eye-tracking study. National Natural Science Foundation of China 31900769. 

2020 – 2022

Principal Investigator. Categorization of the real world: The development of perception and recognition. RSKTO, University of Macau, Macau SAR Government. MYRG2019-00007-FSS. 

2018 – 2020

Principal Investigator. Reinforcement learning, selective attention, and the development of categorization: what, how and why. R&DAO, University of Macau, Macau SAR Government. MYRG2017-00001-FSS. 

2017 – 2019

Principal Investigator. Rule-seekers and probability-catchers: The role of attention in cognitive development. R&DAO, University of Macau, Macau SAR Government. SRG2016-00078-FSS. 

Jul. 2018

Conference Travel Support, 2018 Conference Grant to Faculty of Social Sciences, RSKTO, University of Macau, Macau SAR Government. 

Oct. 2017

Conference Travel Support, 2017 Conference Grant to Faculty of Social Sciences, R&DAO, University of Macau, Macau SAR Government. 

Apr. 2017

Conference Travel Support, 2017 Conference Grant to Faculty of Social Sciences, R&DAO, University of Macau, Macau SAR Government. 

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

Google Scholar Profile: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=yiw8L-YAAAAJ&hl=en

​(*student advisee)

  • *Li, J., & Deng, S. W. (2022). Social attention, memory, and memory-guided orienting change across the menstrual cycle. Physiology and Behavior, 251, 113808.

  • Darby, K. P., Deng, S. W., Walther, D. B., & Sloutsky, V. M. (2021). The development of attention to objects and scenes: From object-biased to unbiased. Child Development, 92(3), 1173-1186.

  • *Yao, Y., & Deng, S. W. (2020). Differential effect of blocked and interleaved study on category learning by classification and inference. Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

  • Sloutsky, V. M., & Deng, S. W. (2019). Categories, concepts, and conceptual development. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 34(10), 1284–1297.

  • *Chu, K. H., & Deng, S. W. (2019). Why some events are more (or less) random: The role of alternation rate and number of occurrence. Proceedings of the 41st Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

  • Gozli, D, G., & Deng, S. W. (2018). Building blocks of psychology: On remaking the unkept promises of early schools. Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, 52, 1-24.

  • Deng, W. (2017). Rule-seekers and probability-catchers: Differential roles of attention in category learning and transfer across development. Proceedings of the 3rd Conference of Learning Sciences and Technologies 2017. Hsinchu, Taiwan.

  • *Huang, X., Deng, W., Li, D. (2017). Linguistic processes in translation: Eye-tracking reveals differential effects of phrase order and lexical choice. In G. Gunzelmann, A. Howes, T. Tenbrink, & E. J. Davelaar (Eds.), Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

  • Deng, S. W., & Sloutsky, V. M. (2016). Selective attention, diffused attention, and the development of categorization. Cognitive Psychology, 91, 24-62. 

  • Sloutsky, V. M., Deng, W., Fisher, A. V., & Kloos, H. (2015). Conceptual influences on induction: A case for a late onset. Cognitive Psychology, 82, 1-31.

  • Deng, W., & Sloutsky, V. M. (2015). Labels, dynamic visual features, and distribution of attention in infant category learning. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 134, 62-77.

  • Deng, W., & Sloutsky, V. M. (2015). The development of categorization: Effects of classification and inference training on category representation. Developmental Psychology, 51, 392-405.

  • Deng, W., & Sloutsky, V. M. (2013). The role of linguistic labels in inductive generalization. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 114, 432-455.

  • Deng, W., & Sloutsky, V. M. (2013). Effects of training on categorization. In M. Knauff, M. Pauen, N. Sebanz, & I. Wachsmuth (Eds.), Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, (pp. 2166-2171). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

  • Robinson, C. W, Best, C. A., Deng, W., & Sloutsky, V. M. (2012). The role of words in cognitive tasks: What, when, and how? Frontiers in Psychology, 3, 1-8. 

  • Deng, W., & Sloutsky, V. M. (2012). Carrot eaters or moving heads: Inductive inference is better supported by salient features than by category labels. Psychological Science, 23, 178-186.

  • Deng, W., & Sloutsky, V. M. (2012). The role of linguistic labels in infants' categorization: An eye tracking study. In N. Miyake, D. Peebles, & R. P. Cooper (Eds.), Proceedings of the 34th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, (pp. 282-287). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

  • Deng, W., & Sloutsky, V. M. (2010). The role of linguistic labels in categorization. In S. Ohlsson & R. Catrambone (Eds.), Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, (pp. 230-235). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

EDITORIAL BOARD

Journal of Experimental Psychology: General (incoming 2023 Consulting Editor)
Frontiers in Psychology: Cognition (since September 2016) 

REVIEWER

Research Grants Council of Hong Kong; Journal of Experimental Psychology: General; Child Development; Developmental Science; Journal of Experimental Child Psychology; British Journal of Developmental Psychology; Cognitive Development; Language, Cognition, and Neuroscience; Journal of Vision; Learning and Instruction; Experimental Brain Research; International Journal of School & Educational Psychology; Cognitive Science Society; Cognitive Development Society; Frontiers in Psychology

COURSES TAUGHT

  • Introduction to Psychology / General Psychology, University of Macau, The Ohio State University

  • Psychology of Everyday Life, University of Macau

  • Cognitive Development, University of Macau

  • Honors Thesis, University of Macau

  • Summer Research Program of the Honors College, University of Macau

  • Honors Project of the Honors College, University of Macau

  • Lifespan Developmental Psychology, The Ohio State University

  • Learn From Children, Learn Like Children: An interview by the Center for Teaching and Learning Enhancement

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

(*student advisee)

  • *Yao, Y., & Deng, S. W. (2020). Differential effect of blocked and interleaved study on category learning by classification and inference. Poster presented at the 42nd Annual Meeting (virtual) of the Cognitive Science Society, Toronto, Canada.

  • *Chu, K. H., & Deng, S. W. (2019). Why some events are more (or less) random: The role of alternation rate and number of occurrence. Poster presented at the 41st Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Montreal, Canada.

  • Deng, S. W. (2018). Categories, Concepts, and Conceptual Development. Invited talk at the 3rd International Conference on Natural Cognition, Macau SAR China.

  • *Yao, Y., & Deng, W. (2018). Who sees a flanker? Individual differences in cognitive control. Poster presented at the 40th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Madison, WI.

  • *Huang, X., Deng, W., & Li, D. (2017). Linguistic processes in translation: Eye-tracking reveals differential effects of phrase order and lexical choice. Poster presented at the 39th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, London, UK.

  • Deng, W. (2017). Rule-seekers and probability-catchers: Differential roles of attention in category learning and transfer across development. Paper presented at the 3rd Conference of Learning Sciences and Technologies, Taiwan.

  • Darby, K. P., Deng, W., Sloutsky, V. M., & Walter, D. B. (forthcoming). What's scene in development? Rapid attention allocation to objects and scenes in children. Poster to be presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Austin, TX.

  • Deng, W., & Sloutsky, V. M. (2016). Differential coupling of categorization and memory across development. Paper presented at the 6th International Conference on Memory, Budapest, Hungary. 

  • Sloutsky, V. M., & Deng, W. (2015). The development of categorization: Attention, decision, and representation. Paper presented at the 56th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Chicago, IL.

  • Deng, W., & Sloutsky, V. M. (2015). Flexibility of categorization: Developmental differences between adults and children. Poster presented at the 9th Biennial Meeting of Cognitive Development Society, Columbus, OH. 

  • Deng, W., & Sloutsky, V. M. (2015). Developmental differences in category representation: Evidence from recognition memory. Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, PA.

  • Sloutsky, V. M., Deng, W., Fisher, A. V., & Kloos, H. (2015). Conceptual information does not induce category-based induction in children. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, PA.

  • Sloutsky, V. M., & Deng, W. (2014). The development of categorization: Attention and category representation. Paper presented at the 55th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Long Beach, CA.

  • Deng, W., & Sloutsky, V. M. (2013). Developmental differences in category representations. Poster presented at the 8th Biennial Meeting of Cognitive Development Society, Memphis, TN. 

  • Deng, W., & Sloutsky, V. M. (2013). Effects of training on categorization. Poster presented at the 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Berlin, Germany.

  • Deng, W., & Sloutsky, V. M. (2013). Rule-seekers and probability-catchers: Effects of training on category learning. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, WA.

  • Sloutsky, V. M., & Deng, W. (2013). The role of linguistic labels in infants’ category learning. Paper presented at the 54th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Minneapolis, MN.

  • Deng, W., & Sloutsky, V. M. (2012). The role of linguistic labels in infants' categorization: An eye tracking study.  Paper presented at the 34th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Sapporo, Japan.

  • Sloutsky, V. M., & Deng, W. (2011). The role of category labels in categorization and induction. Paper presented at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Seattle, WA.

  • Deng, W., & Sloutsky, V. M. (2010). The role of linguistic labels in categorization. Paper presented at the 32nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Portland, Oregon.