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I am currently an Associate Lecturer of the Department of Psychology at Macquarie University. My research uses experimental approach and a wide range of methodologies (e.g., eye-tracking) to understand the coordination of perceptual and cognitive processes (e.g., vision, attention, memory, language processing) underlying natural reading. I am particularly interested in understanding whether and how various writing systems influence readers’ reading behaviors differently. For example, Chinese texts are visually (and perhaps linguistically) much denser than alphabetic writing systems, due to its complex hierarchy and lack of space. Thus, how might our cognitive system respond to Chinese reading, which potentially needs more severe cognitive demands on early visual processing? Whether these remarkable differences between the first and second languages lead to different learning and reading patterns in the second language?

Research interests

  • Eye-movement control in reading
  • Cross-language/writing system reading
  • Language integration across modalites

Research student supervision

I currently supervise students in the following research projects:

  • Using eye movements to study the reading of subtitles
  • Using eye movements to develop an ecologically valid measure of reading comprehension
  • Screening for subtypes of dyslexia

Community engagement

I am currently:

  • the academic lead of FHS (SimHub Annex) Eye Tracking Lab
  • member of the Eye Tracking Facility Committee in the Department of Cognitive Science

Education/Academic qualification

Psychology, Ph.D., Academy of Psychology and Behaviour, Tianjin Normal University, Tianjin, People’s Republic of China

1 Sep 201116 Jun 2014

Award Date: 16 Jun 2014


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