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Ping Li

Professor of Psychology, Linguistics, & Information Sciences & Technology
Director, Brain, Language and Computation Lab

614 Moore Building
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: +1.814.863.3921
E-Mail: pul8 @

Curriculum Vitae: PDF

Research Interests

Cognitive science, psycholinguistics, language acquisition, bilingualism, crosslinguistic studies, computational modeling, neuroimaging

Recent Publications

  • Yang, J., Tan, L., & Li, P. (2011). Lexical representation of nouns and verbs in the late bilingual brain. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 24, 674-682.
  • Liu, Y., Hao, M., Li, P., & Shu, H. (2011). Timed picture naming norms for Mandarin Chinese. PLoS One, 6, e16505. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0016505
  • Zhang, L., Xi, J., Xu, G., Shu, H., Wang, X., & Li, P. (2011). Cortical dynamics of acoustic and phonological processing in speech processing. PLoS One, e20963. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0020963.
  • Zhao, X., Li, P., & Kohonen, T. (2011). Contextual self-organizing map: Software for constructing semantic representation. Behavior Research Methods, 43, 77-88.
  • Liu, Y., Li, P., Shu, H., Zhang, Q., & Chen, L. (2010). Structure and meaning in Chinese: An ERP study of idioms. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 23, 615-530.
  • Xi, J., Zhang, L., Shu, H., Zhang, Y., & Li, P. (2010). Categorical perception of lexical tones in Chinese revealed by mismatch negativity. Neuroscience, 170, 223-231.
  • Zhang, L., Shu, H., Zhou, F., Wang, X., & Li, P. (2010). Common and distinct neural substrates for the perception of speech rhythm and intonation. Human Brain Mapping, 31, 1106-1116.
  • Zhao, X., & Li, P. (2010). Bilingual lexical interactions in an unsupervised neural network model. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 13,505-524.
  • Li, P. (2009). Lexical organization and competition in first and second languages: Computational and neural mechanisms. Cognitive Science, 33, 629-664.
  • Li, P., & Green, D. (2007). Neurocognitive approaches to bilingualism: Asian languages. A special issue of Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 10 (2), 117-210.
  • Li, P., Tan, L.-H., Bates, E., & Tzeng, O. (2006). The Handbook of East Asian Psycholinguistics (Vol. 1: Chinese). Cambridge University Press. (General Editor: Li, P.)
  • Li, P., Zhao, X., & MacWhinney, B. (2007). Dynamic self-organization and early lexical development in children. Cognitive Science, 31, 581-612.
  • Chan, A.. Luke, K., Li, P., Yip, V., Li, G., Weekes, B., & Tan, L. (2008). Neural correlates of nouns and verbs in early bilinguals. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1145, 30-40.
  • Goodman, J.C., Dale, P.S., & Li, P. (2008). Does frequency count? Parental input and the acquisition of vocabulary. Journal of Child Language, 35, 515-531.
  • Hernandez, A., & Li, P. (2007). Age of acquisition: Its neural and computational mechanisms. Psychological Bulletin, 133, 638-650.
  • Hernandez, A., Li, P., & MacWhinney, B. (2005). The emergence of competing modules in bilingualism. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 9, 220-225.
  • Zhao, J., Shu, H., Zhang, L., Wang, X., Gong, Q., & Li, P. (2008). Cortical competition during language discrimination. NeuroImage, 43, 624-633.
  • Zhao, X., & Li, P. (2009). The acquisition of lexical and grammatical aspect in a developmental lexicon model. Linguistics: An Interdisciplinary Journal of the Language Sciences, 47, 1075-1112.