The Language Processing Lab is based in Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages and Brain and Mind Institute, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. We are interested in language comprehension, production and learning. The lab has the following foci in research,among others.

  1. How people take their interlocutor into account in comprehending and producing language
  2. Chinese handwriting literacy: deep-learning-based diagnosis and neurocognitive mechanisms

JOINING THE LAB

  1. Positions available The lab is looking for a postdoc or research assistant with good experience in fMRI, Bayesian modelling, or machine learning. If you have such skills, please send your CV to zhenguangcai(at)cuhk.edu.hk.
  2. PhD application The lab has been successful in obtaining three Hong Kong PhD Fellowships and a couple of CUHK scholarships, apart from some departmental studentships. If you want to do a PhD at the lab (and in the Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages), please send us an email. We are only interested in applicants with a strong empirical/computational background.

NEWS IN THE LAB

  1. 30 June 2022. Our lab was successful in obtaining a GRF grant (with Z. Cai as the PI); the project title is: Neurocognitive mechanisms of character amnesia in Chinese handwriting.
  2. 04 May 2022. Our lab has a paper accepted. Cai, Z.G., Wu, L., Liu, H., & Wang, R. (in press). Cross-dimensional magnitude interactions reflect statistical correlations among physical dimensions: Evidence from space-time interaction. Acta Psychologica.
  3. 04 April 2022. Our lab was successful in obtaining a CUHK RPg Place for Development of Strategic Areas and the place will be used on Zebo Xu (currently a research assistant in the lab). Congrats to Zebo.
  4. 16 March 2022. Our lab has a paper accepted. Cai, Z.G., Zhao, N., & Pickering, M.J. (in press). How do people interpret implausible sentences? Cognition.
  5. 28 December 2021. Our lab has a paper accepted. Cai, Z.G. (in press). Interlocutor modelling in comprehending speech from interleaved interlocutors of different dialectic backgrounds. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.
  6. 18 November 2021.Our lab has a paper accepted. Zhao, N., Chen, X., & Cai, Z.G. (in press). Planning ahead: Interpreters predict source language in consecutive interpreting. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition.
  7. 11 November 2021.Many congratulations to Dave for having the following paper published! Great work! Haslett, D.A., & Cai, Z.G. (in press). New neighbours make bad fences: Form-based semantic shifts in word learning. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.
  8. 30 September 2021.Lab members finally had the barbecue that was long delayed from two years ago! We are also happy to see the lab expanded with the addition of Steven (as a postdoc), Tania (as a research associate), and Zebo (as a research assistant).
  9. 29 June 2021.Our lab has a new paper accepted: Cai, Z.G., Sun, Z., & Zhao, N.(in press). Interlocutor modelling in lexical alignment: The role of linguistic competence. Journal of Memory and Language.
  10. 28 June 2021.Our lab has secured a teaching grant: Virtual behavioral research for humanities and social sciences (funding source: Funding Scheme for Virtual Teaching and Learning, The Chinese University of Hong Kong).
  11. 17 May 2021.Our lab has a new paper accepted (and congratulations to Shuting and Zebo): Cai, Z.G., Huang, S., Xu, Z., & Zhao, N.(in press). Objective ages of acquisition for 3300+ simplified Chinese characters. Behavior Research Methods.
  12. 13 April 2021. Shuqi Wang, who is currently doing her MA research at Peking University, was awarded the prestigous Hong Kong PhD fellowship to do a PhD in the lab. We look forward to having her here in September.
  13. 06 April 2021. Our lab is part of a many-lab replication of the action-sentence compatibility effect, which was accepted to appear in Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.
  14. 23 March 2021. Our lab has a new paper accepted (and congratulations to Shuting): Huang, S., Zhou, Y., Du, M., Wang, R., & Cai, Z.G. (in press). Character amnesia in Chinese handwriting: A mega-study analysis. Language Sciences.
  15. 9 February 2021. Our lab has a new paper accepted (and congratulations to Shuting): Huang, S., Lin, W., Xu, M., Wang, R., & Cai, Z.G. (in press). On the tip of the pen: Effects of character-level lexical variables and handwriter-level individual differences on orthographic retrieval difficulties in Chinese handwriting. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.
  16. 24 December 2020. Our lab has a new paper accepted: Cai, Z.G., & Wang, R. (in press). Cross-dimensional magnitude interaction is modulated by representational noise: Evidence from space-time interaction. Psychological Research.
  17. 19 August 2020. Many congratulations to Xiaocong (a research asscociate in the lab), who was awarded a postdoc fellowship at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Well done!
  18. 18 August 2020. Many congratulations to Tianyi (an MA student in the lab), who has got a research assistant job at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Well done!
  19. 30 June 2020. The lab was succcessful at obtaining a GRF grant to investigate the project "Rational interlocutor modelling in language comprehension and production".
  20. 28 May 2020. Yufeng Wu, who is currently finishing his MA degree in the lab, was made, and accepted, an offer of a research assistant position at the University of Macau.
  21. 12 May 2020. Our lab has a new paper accepted: Wang, M., Cai, Z.G., Wang, R., Branigan, H.P., & Pickering, M.J. (in presss). How do phonology and orthography feedback to influence syntactic encoding in language production? Evidence from structural priming in Mandarin. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.
  22. 15 April 2020. Dave Haslett, a past MA student in the lab, was offered a Hong Kong PhD fellowship to do his PhD research in the lab. Xufeng Duan, a current MA student in the lab, was offered a studentship to do his PhD research in the lab.