Research Interests

I have a broad interest in human language processing. In the past years, I have focused mainly on speech perception, especially tone and pitch perception in native Mandarin and other tone language speakers reflected in their behavioral and neural responses. My research also extends to second language learning, population with reading difficulties, top-down and bottom-up attention modulation in human auditory scene analysis, as well as computer simulation on language learning and evolution. My current research at Haskins Laboratories focuses more on reading, including both second language speech and print learning and mechanisms of reading difficulties using behavioral and neuroimaging measurements.


Ph.D., Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2009

Recent Publications:

1. Shuai, L.* & Malins, J. G*. (2016). Encoding lexical tones in jTRACE: A simulation of monosyllabic spoken word recognition in Mandarin Chinese. Behavior Research Methods, 1-12. DOI:10.3758/s13428-015-0690-0.
*: contributed equally

2. Shuai, L. & Gong, T. (2014). Temporal relation between top-down and bottom-up processing in lexical tone perception. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 8: article 97.

3. Shuai, L. & Elhilali, M. (2014). Task-dependent neural representations of salient events in dynamic auditory scenes. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 8: article 203.

4. Shuai, L., Gong, T., & Wu, Y. (2013). Who is who? Interpretation of multiple occurrence of the Chinese reflexive: Evidence from real-time sentence processing. PLoS ONE, 8(9): e73226.

5. Gong, T. & Shuai, L. (2012). Modeling the coevolution of language and joint attention. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 279(1747): 4644–4652.

Other Publications

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