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


Luan Li



Hao Zhu

PhD Student

Bing Li

PhD Student

Fuyin Yang

PhD Student

Siqi Li

PhD Student

Jiaqiu Sun

PhD Student

Miaomiao Zhu

Phd Student

Huangyuan Chen

Phd Student

Lechuan Wang

Phd Student

Zhili Han

Phd Student

Yuhan Lu

Phd Student

Xiao Wang

Phd Student

Danfeng Yang

Master Student

Xiaodan Zheng

Master Student

Kan He

Master Student

Xikang Luo

Master Student

Shuqin Ma

Master Student


Qian Chu


Xiaoxuan Wang


Yi Gao


Tianqi Zhan


Junyi Ji




In Press



De Deyne, S., Cabana, Á., Li, B., Cai, Q., & McKague, M. (2020). A Cross-linguistic Study into the Contribution of Affective Connotation in the Lexico-semantic Representation of Concrete and Abstract Concepts. CogSci. (PDF)

Tao, L., Zhu, M., & Cai, Q. (2020). Neural substrates of Chinese lexical production: The role of domain-general cognitive functions. Neuropsychologia, 138, 107354. (PDF)

Zhu, Y., Ji, H., Tao, L., Cai, Q., Wang, F., Ji, W., ... & Fang, Y. (2020). Functional Status of Hypothalamic–Pituitary–Thyroid and Hypothalamic–Pituitary–Adrenal Axes in Hospitalized Schizophrenics in Shanghai. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 11. (PDF)

Li, S., Zhu, H., & Tian, X. (2020). Corollary discharge versus efference copy: Distinct neural signals in speech preparation differentially modulate auditory responses. Cerebral Cortex, bhaa154. (PDF)

Yang, F., Zhu, H., Yu, L., Lu, W., Zhang, C., & Tian, X. (2020) Multi-scale predictions distinctively modulate tone perception in schizophrenia patients with auditory verbal hallucinations. bioRxiv, 204495. (PDF)

Zhang, W., Liu, Y., Wang, X., & Tian, X. (2020). The Dynamic and Task-dependent Representational Transformation Between the Motor and Sensory Systems during Speech Production. Cognitive Neuroscience. (PDF)

Yang, J., Cai, Q., & Tian, X. (2020). How do we segment text? Two-stage chunking operation in reading. eNeuro, 7(3), 0425-19.2020. (PDF)

Teng, X., Ma, M., Yang, J., Blohm, S., Cai, Q., & Tian, X. (2020) Constraint structure of ancient Chinese poetry facilitates speech content grouping. Current Biology, 30(7), 1299-1305. (PDF)

Mei, N., Flinker, A., Zhu, M., Cai, Q., & Tian, X. (2020). Lateralization in the dichotic listening of tones is influenced by the content of speech. Neuropsychologia, 140, 107389. (PDF)

Li, Y., Luo, H., & Tian, X. (2020). Mental operations in rhythm: Motor-to-sensory transformation mediates imagined singing. PLoS biology, 18(10), e3000504. (PDF)














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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.