Speech, language, and Neuroscience Group

A joint research team of New York University Shanghai and East China Normal University,
in the field of cognitive neuroscience, focusing on speech, language, and other higher order human cognitive functions.


Research Interests

Speech perception and production

Visual word perception and language acquisition

Language comprehension and lateralization

Learning and memory (related to speech and language)


Qing Cai

Professor at East China Normal University
NYU-ECNU Institute of Brain and Cognitive Science


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Xing Tian

Assistant Professor at New York University Shanghai
NYU-ECNU Institute of Brain and Cognitive Science


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Lily Tao

Assistant Professor

Linmin Zhang


Hoiyan Mak

Research Associate

Jiaqiu Sun

Research Associate


Hao Zhu

PhD Candidate

Bing Li

PhD Candidate

Fuyin Yang

PhD Candidate

Siqi Li

PhD Candidate

Miaomiao Zhu

Phd Candidate

Huangyuan Chen

Phd Candidate

Lechuan Wang

Phd Candidate

Ou Ma

Master Candidate

Siyi Fang

Master Candidate

Yunyun Shen

Master Candidate

Ziqing Wang

Master Candidate

Danfeng Yang

Master Candidate

Yang Yang

Master Candidate


Xuefei Wang

Fudan University

Linyang He

Fudan University

Zheng Li


Xiao Ma


Qian Chu


Xiaoxuan Wang


Yuqi Hang



  • Xiaoluan Liu: Postdoc, Assistant professor in ECNU.
  • Wenjia Zhang: Postdoc, Postdoc in The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
  • Shuai Wang: Phd candidate, Postdoc in Haskins Laboratories of Yale University.
  • Rui Feng: Master student, Industry.
  • Jinbiao Yang: Master student & RA, Phd candidate in MPI for Psycholinguistics (Radbound University).
  • Shuang Geng: Master student, Phd candidate in BCBL.
  • Ruiqing Zhang: Master student, Industry.
  • Sainan Shi: Master student, Master student in ECNU.
  • Jieyin Feng: Master student, Phd candidate in BrainLENS UCONN.
  • Lingting Wang: Master student, Education.
  • Yanzhu Li: RA.
  • Fan Bai: RA, Phd candidate in MPI for Psycholinguistics (Radbound University).
  • Qihui Xu: RA, Phd candidate in Hunter College of CUNY.
  • Anna Zhen: RA, Phd candidate in Indiana University.
  • Defne Inhan: Intern, RA in Columbia University.
  • Tehreem Nihar: Intern.
  • Feng Lin: Intern, Master student in Utrecht University.
  • Xingye Chen: Intern, Master student in Columbia University.
  • Yiling Liu: Intern, Master student in University of Michigan.
  • Stella Yuan: Intern, Carnegie Mellon University.
  • Xupu Zhang: Undergraduate student, Imperial College.
  • Kexin Cai: Undergraduate student, Master student in Radbound University.
  • Publications

    In Press














    EEG/MEG topographic analyzer (author: Xing Tian, David Poeppel, and David E. Huber)

    TopoToolbox is an open-source software for topographic analysis on the event-related electrophysiological (EEG/MEG) data based on the method proposed by Tian and Huber (2008; 2011). TopoToolbox provides a tool for researchers to directly derive robust measures of response pattern (topographic) similarity and psychological meaningful response magnitude using electromagnetic signals in sensor space. These measures are useful for testing psychological theories without anatomical descriptions.

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    Chinese word corpus (author: Qing Cai and Marc Brysbaert)

    These are the Chinese word frequencies discussed in the Plos ONE article of Cai & Brysbaert, which you find here. The article explains what is in the files. So, this will not be repeated here.

    Tutorial Paper Visit Website


    Chinese character database (author: Jinbiao Yang and Qing Cai)

    The database contains various information of more than 20,000 Chinese characters. You can filter, extract the characters on any rule as your need, and then download them.

    View Detail Visit Website


    Psychological experiment framework (author: Jinbiao Yang)

    Expy is an easy-yet-powerful experiment framework builder for psychology. It's aimed at setting up an experiment without struggling with the manual production of stimuli, data loading and storing, or the other time-consuming works, by using various module functions. Expy is designed for psycholinguistic experiments, but it's also suitable for any other experiments.

    View Manual View Code (Github)


    EEG data analyzer (author: Jinbiao Yang)

    You can use a concise string to describe the timepoint(s), condition(s), channel(s) you want to analyse. Calling only one function is enough to produce results and figures. It supports ERP, GFP, Topography plot, TANOVA, MVPA, Clustering, and other channel-based or global-field-based analysis methods. Also, it enables you to try out your own method with little effort, since MEEG is designed as an open-source platform.

    View Manual View Code (Github)


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    Postdoctoral fellows

    Multiple positions are available. Information on applying (http://shanghai.nyu.edu/about/work/fellowships). Job inquires can be sent to the PIs

    Prospective graduate students

    Two ways to join our lab, either via NYU Neuroscience Doctoral Program Shanghai Track or ECNU Brain and Cognitive Science Graduate Program Track. Detailed information can be found at (http://neuro.shanghai.nyu.edu/graduate). Prospective students are encouraged to contact the PIs.

    Research assistants/associates

    Positions are available for post-graduate students who hold Bachlor's or Master’s degrees and are looking for more research experience. Candidates are encouraged to contact the PIs.

    Undergraduate Research Opportunities/Interns

    Our group is open to motivated undergraduates who interested in conducting independent research on human cognitive functions, including speech, language, learning, memory and other higher order cognitive functions. Such research opportunitiescan be taken during semesters or breaks. Please send your CV, description of your research interests, and a copy of unofficial transcripts to the PIs.