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Broadly defined, my research interests are in Language and Cognition. In particular, I am interested in the cognitive and neural aspects of Second Language Processing and Representations. For the last 10 years, I have focused on Chinese-English bilinguals who use their two languages on a regular basis to understand the cognitive mechanisms and architecture of Bilingualism/Multilingualism. I primarily use experimental paradigms (i.e., eye-trackers, ERPs, reaction times tools, etc.) to empirically investigate issues. I welcome students who want to use experimental techniques to work on related research topics to come to talk to me. I primarily teach undergraduate courses: Introduction to Psycholinguistics,  Bilingualism, etc. 


Research Interests

Psycholinguistics and Neurolinguistics


Second Language Acquisition and Teaching


Education/Academic qualification

English, BA, Beijing Language and Culture University

Psycholinguistics, PhD, The University of Arizona

Applied Linguistics, MA, The University of Arizona

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Research Outputs

Language selective or non-selective in bilingual lexical access? It depends on lexical tones!

Wang, X., Hui, B. & Chen, S., 2020, In : PLoS ONE. 15, 3, 23 p., e0230412.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • Transcranial direct current stimulation influences bilingual language control mechanism: evidence from cross-frequency coupling

    Tong, J., Kong, C., Wang, X., Liu, H., Li, B. & He, Y., 2020, In : Cognitive Neurodynamics. 14, p. 203–214 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Effect of cognitive style on language control during joint language switching: an ERP study

    Zhang, M., Wang, X., Wang, F. & Liu, H., 13 Dec 2019, In : Journal of Psycholinguistic Research. 18 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Do you hear ‘feather’ when listening to ‘rain’? Lexical tone activation during unconscious translation: evidence from Mandarin-English bilinguals

    Wang, X., Wang, J. & Malins, J. G., Dec 2017, In : Cognition. 169, p. 15-24 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)

    Is translation priming asymmetry due to partial awareness of the prime?

    Wang, X. & Forster, K., 7 Oct 2015, In : Bilingualism. 18, 4, p. 657-669 13 p.

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  • 8 Citations (Scopus)