• 16 Citations
  • 3 h-Index
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I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at Macquarie University. I am interested in understanding the coordination of perceptual and cognitive processes (e.g., vision, attention, memory, language processing) underlying natural reading, especially in whether and how various writing systems influence readers’ reading behaviors differently. For example, Chinese texts are visually (and perhaps linguistically) much denser than alphabetic languages due to its complex hierarchical structure and lack of space, thus, how might our cognitive system response and adapt to Chinese reading, which needs more severe cognitive demands on early visual processing? I use eye tracking, combining with other methodologies to jointly answer the questions above.

Research interests

Eye movements in reading; Cross-language reading; Reading development; Reading in various media context

Research student supervision

I currently supervise students in the following research projects:

  • The impact of visual and auditory redundancy on subtitle processing;
  • Stroke processing in visually complex, two-dimensional Chinese characters.

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;
  • member of the Cognitive Science Internationalisation Committee.

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

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Projects 2018 2021

Research Outputs 2011 2019

  • 16 Citations
  • 3 h-Index
  • 11 Article

Eye-movement evidence for the mental representation of strokes in Chinese characters

Yu, L., Xiong, J., Zhang, Q., Drieghe, D. & Reichle, E. D., Mar 2019, In : Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. 45, 3, p. 544-551 8 p.

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Eye Movements
Mental Representation

The effects of parafoveal word frequency and segmentation on saccade targeting during Chinese reading

Liu, Y., Yu, L., Fu, L., Li, W., Duan, Z. & Reichle, E. D., Aug 2019, In : Psychonomic Bulletin and Review. 26, 4, p. 1367–1376 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Eye Movements
Reading Chinese
Word Segmentation

Character-complexity effects in Chinese reading and visual search: a comparison and theoretical implications

Yu, L., Zhang, Q., Priest, C., Reichle, E. D. & Sheridan, H., 1 Jan 2018, In : Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. 71, 1, p. 140-151 12 p.

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Eye Movements

Models of Chinese reading: review and analysis

Reichle, E. & Yu, L., Jun 2018, In : Cognitive Science. 42, S4, p. 1154-1165 12 p.

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Cognitive systems

Chinese versus English: insights on cognition during reading

Yu, L. & Reichle, E. D., Oct 2017, In : Trends in Cognitive Sciences. 21, 10, p. 721-724 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Eye Movements