Human beings constantly construct and process meanings and concepts in their daily linguistic and sensori-motor interaction with the world. What one knows about “piano”, for example, may consist of what one has read about the object in text, visual experience with the shape and structure of an actual piano, hearing the sound it makes, as well as physical interaction when moving or playing the instrument. Thus, effectively retrieving and weighting relevant information associated with a concept for a given situation is the key to efficaciously interpret what is happening around us, and in many ways affect how we respond to it.

The overarching research interest of this lab is in the cognitive mechanisms associated with such meaning processing in the brain. Our previous work focused on how linguistic, perceptual, and motor information contribute to meaning processing. In addition, we examined how these processes change across the life span in the face of accumulated experience and neurobiological constraints associated with aging.


Chih got selected out of over 500 applicants and will be working with outstanding and world-renowned researchers from diverse scientific backgrounds. We are so happy for you! Congrats!!

Bobby and Yi-Chun presented our MEG project with Kevin Chun-Hsien Hsu from National Central University and our stistical learning project with Hsinjen Julie Hsu from National Tsing Hua University at the CNS conference this year! Yi-Chun's poster was chosen as one of the Data Blitz presentations!

Ingrid and Nai-wen's work is presented at the SNL this year titled 'Influences of Familial Sinistrality on the “Semantic P600” — Evidence from Brain Potentials'. Interesting insight from individual differences on the similarity between semanitc P600 and LPC.

Way to go, Lucia! Congratulations! I also want to take this opportunity to thank members in the lab for warmly assisting and guiding our summer interns, especially Bobby and Ingrid!

Congratulations, Crystal!! Chou, L.-C., Pan, Y.-L., and Lee, C. L. (accepted). Emotion anticipation induces emotion effects in neutral words during sentence reading: Evidence from event-related potentials. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience.

You can find a 5-min video on what we do in our lab here~! Enjoy. :) https://shorturl.at/cqJV9

A concept paper written with Prof. Hsu-Wen Huang from the City University of Hong Kong and Dr. Jung-Tai King from the National Yang-Ming University in Taiwan is officially accepted by Educational Technology & Society!

Congratulations to Yi-Lun and Charelene, whose paper just got accepted by Brain Research!

Congratulations to Chia-ho, who has been admitted to the Psychology department at the New York University! He will be working with Liina Pylkkanen starting from 2020 fall!

Congratulations to Bobby Po-Heng Chen, who has been awarded the PHD Research Abroad Fellowship by the Ministry of Science and Techanology in Taiwan! He will be working with Jennifer Rodd at the UCL for a year starting from 2020 fall!

Congratulations to Yi Chun, who got the best presentation award for the Summer Intern Results Presentation hof the Neurobiology and Cognitive Science Program at NTU!

Congratulations to Nai-wen, who successfully defended her MA thesis!

Congratulations to Jenny Tzu-Hung Lu! Jenny has taken an offer for the admission to the Ph.D program for Linguistics and Cognitive Science at the University of Delaware with full scholarship! She will start in the fall of 2019!

Congratulations to Ingrid Yun Chuang, who got the admission to the master program at the University of University of Edinburgh, but chose to stay on with us! <3

Thesis title: The Influence of Verb Bias on On-line Mandarin Relative Clause Processing: an ERP study

Advisers: Chia-Ying Lee, Ph.D.; Chia-Lin Lee, Ph.D.

A new paper on the collaborative work with other language researchers at NTU, first and second authored by Po-Heng and Yeh Chih, is accpeted by Journal of Chinese Language Teaching, a THCI Core journal. Congratulations!

Chen, P-H., Yeh, C., Lu, C., Hsieh, S.-K., Chou, T.-L., Su, L. I.-W., Lee, C. L. (accepted). Multiple scaffolding mechanisms for L2 syntactic processing--An Event-Related Potential study. Journal of Chinese Language Teaching.

Po-Heng and Charlene were invited to University of Tokyo, Komaba, to attend the Linguistics Festa workshop. Po-Heng presented his new research idea and led an ERP tutorial at this workshop!

Congratulations to Rachel Yi-Lun Weng! Rachel has taken an offer for the admission to the Ph.D program for Linguistics and Cognitive Science at the University of Delaware with full scholarship!

An article about our recent findings will be published in the Science Development journal (2017, April, Vol. 544)(http://ap0922.most.gov.tw/sd/). The electronic article will be available here. https://scitechvista.nat.gov.tw/list/sQ8/reset.htm

Lee, C. L., Huang, H. W., Federmeier, K. D., and Buxbaum, L. J. (2018). Sensory and semantic activations evoked by action attributes of manipulable objects: Evidence from ERPs. NeuroImage. 167, 331-341.