My research aims at understanding the relationships among language, brain, and culture. In particular, my lab examines the dynamic interactions in the ecosystems of language learning and knowledge representation, and the corresponding dynamic changes in the native and non-native cross-linguistic brains. 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 and technologies (e.g., cognitive testing, artificial neural network modeling, virtual reality, and functional magnetic resonance imaging).
Li, P., & Dong, Y. (2020). Language experience and cognitive control: A dynamic perspective. Psychology of Learning and Motivation, 72, 27-52. (Volume: Adult and Second Language Learning, eds., K.D. Federmeier & H.-W. Huang)
Li, P., & Jeong, H. (2020). The social brain of language: Grounding second language learning in social interaction. npj Science of Learning, 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41539-020-0068-7
Li, P., Legault, J., Klippel, A, & Zhao, J. (2020). Virtual reality for student learning: Understanding individual differences. Human Behaviour and Brain, 1, 28-36.
Li, P., & Clariana, R. (2019). Reading comprehension in L1 and L2: An integrative approach. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 50, 94-105.
Li, P., Zhang, F., Yu, A., & Zhao, X. (2019). Language History Questionnaire (LHQ3): An enhanced tool for assessing multilingual experience. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition.
Li, P., & Yang, J. (2018). Neurocognitive approaches to Chinese second language learning. In C.R. Ke (eds.), The Routledge handbook of Chinese second language acquisition (pp.11-30). Taylor & Francis: Routledge.
Li, P., & Zhao, X. (2018). Computational modeling. In de Groot, A.M.B, & Hagoort, P. (eds.), Research methods in psycholinguistics and the neurobiology of language: A practical guide (pp. 208-229). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Li, P., Schloss, B., & Follmer, J. (2017). Speaking two “languages” in America: A semantic space analysis of how presidential candidates and their supporters represent abstract political concepts differently. Behavior Research Method, 49, 1668-1685.
Li, P., & Grant, A. (2016). Second language learning success revealed by brain networks. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 19, 657-664.
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.