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I am a Lecturer at the School of Psychological Sciences. My research uses an 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 the 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
  • Visual, auditory, and textual language integration 

Education/Academic qualification

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

1 Sept 201116 Jun 2014

Award Date: 16 Jun 2014

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