Co-Director, Center for Brain, Behavior, and Cognition
Associate Director, Institute for CyberScience
Broadly, my research falls under cognitive science, cognitive neuroscience, psycholinguistics, language acquisition, bilingualism, crosslinguistic studies, and computational modeling.
My research aims at understanding the relationships among language, brain, and culture. In particular, we examine the dynamic changes that occur in the language learner and the dynamic interactions that occur in the competing language systems over the course of learning. We investigate the computational and neural mechanisms underlying language acquisition and representation in both native and non-native speakers of Western languages (e.g., English) and Asian languages (e.g., Chinese). Our research identifies common and distinct cognitive and neural processes in language acquisition and representation. To achieve these goals, we rely on a variety of convergent behavioral, computational, and neuroimaging methodologies (e.g., reaction time studies, artificial neural network models, and functional magnetic resonance imaging).
- Li, P. & Yang, J. (2017). Neurocognitive approaches to Chinese second language learning. In C.R. Ke (Ed.), The Routledge handbook of Chinese second language acquisition. Taylor & Francis: Routledge. (in press)
- Li, P. (2017). Learning a second language remodels our brains. Npj Science of Learning.
- Li, P., & Zhao, X. (2017). Computational modeling. In A. de Groot & P. Hagoort (Eds.), Research methods in psycholinguistics and the neurobiology of language: A practical guide. Malden, MA: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- Li, P., & Grant, A. (2016). Second language learning success revealed by brain networks. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 19, 657-664. doi: 10.1017/S1366728915000280
- Li, P. (2015). Bilingualism as a dynamic process. In B. MacWhinney & W. O’Grady (Eds.), Handbook of language emergence (pp. 511-536). Malden, MA: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- Li, P. (2015). Neuro-computational approaches to Chinese. In C.F. Sun, W. S-Y Wang, & Y. Tsai (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Chinese Linguistics (pp. 676-687). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
- Li, P. & Zhao, X. (2015). Computational modeling of bilingual language acquisition and processing: Conceptual and methodological considerations. In J. W. Schwieter (Ed.), The Cambridge handbook of bilingual processing (pp. 85-107). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
- Li, P. & Zhao, X. (2014). Connectionist bilingual representation. In R.R. Heredia & J. Altarriba (Eds.), Foundations of bilingual memory (pp. 63-84). New York: Springer.
- Li, P., & Zhao, X. (2014). Connectionist models of language development. In P. Brooks & V. Kempe (Eds.), Encyclopedia of language development (pp. 101-106). Sage Publications.
- Li, P., Legault, J., & Litcofsky, K.A. (2014). Neuroplasticity as a function of second language learning: Anatomical changes in the human brain. Cortex, 58, 301-324. doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2014.05.001
- Li, P., Zhang, F., Tsai, E., & Puls, B. (2014). Language History Questionnaire (LHQ 2.0): A new dynamic web-based research tool. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 17(3), 673-680. doi:10.1017/S1366728913000606
- Li, P. (2013). Computational modeling of bilingualism: How can models tell us more about the bilingual mind? Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 16, 1-6.
- Li, P. (2013). Computational modeling of bilingualism. A special issue of Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 16(2), 241-366.
- Li, P. (2013). The cross-cultural bilingual brain: Comment on “The bilingual brain: Flexibility and control in the human cortex” by Buchweitz and Prat. Physics of Life Reviews, 10, 446-447. doi: 10.1016/j.plrev.2013.09.002
- Li, P. & . Marrongelle, K. (2013). Having success with NSF: A practical guide. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- Li, P. & MacWhinney, B. (2013). Competition model. In C.A. Chapelle (Ed.), The encyclopedia of applied linguistics. MA: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (Wiley Online Library: doi: 10.1002/9781405198431.wbeal0168).
- Li, P. & Zhao, X. (2013). Connectionism. In C.A. Chapelle (Ed.), The encyclopedia of applied linguistics. Malden, MA: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (Wiley Online Library: doi: 10.1002/9781405198431.wbeal0186).
- Li, P., & Zhao, X. (2013). Connectionist bilingual representation. In R.R. Heredia & J. Altarriba (Eds.), Foundations of bilingual memory: Theory and application. Springer Science Publishers.
- Li, P. & Zhao, X. (2013). Connectionist models of second language acquisition. In M.P. Garcia Mayo, M. Junkal, G. Mangado, & M. Adrian (Eds.), Contemporary approaches to second language acquisition (pp. 177-198). Amsterdam, the Netherlands: John Benjamins.
- Li, P. & Zhao, X. (2013). Self-organizing map models of language acquisition. Frontiers in Psychology, 4, Article 828. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.0082
- Li, P., Shu, H., & Liu, Y. (2013). Neurocognitive approaches to the processing of Chinese. In J. Huang, A. Li, & A. Simpson (Eds.), The Handbook of Chinese Linguistics (pp. 511-533). Malden, MA: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.