Speech & Brain (Watkins Lab)
I am a DPhil student in the Speech & Brain Research Group, supervised by Prof Kate Watkins and Prof Charlotte Stagg (head of Physiological Neuroimaging Group)
I am interested in the brain mechanisms underlying speech perception and production. I am especially interested in multisensory and sensorimotor interaction in speech perception. My current research is focused on the role of motor cortex on musical and lexical tone perceptions of both tonal and non-tonal language speakers. I use a mixture of non-invasive brain stimulation and recording techniques to study this, including TMS ( (transcranial magnetic stimulation)) and EEG (electroencephalography). Another strand of my research involves studying sensorimotor adaptation in speech production.
Supramodal Enhancement of Auditory Perceptual and Cognitive Learning by Video Game Playing
Zhang Y-X. et al, (2017), Frontiers in Psychology, 8
Every advantage has its disadvantage: Pitch perception of tone language speakers is better at low frequencies but poorer at high frequencies
Zhang Y-X. et al, (2016), The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 140, 3389 - 3389
Role of dopamine in learning beyond reinforcement: Boost of auditory learning and transfer by orally taken or gameplay-generated dopamine
Tang D. et al, (2016), The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 140, 3155 - 3155
A neural network model for top-down regulation of sensory plasticity
Zhang Y-X. et al, (2016), The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 140, 3272 - 3273
Complete cross-frequency transfer of tone frequency learning after double training.
Xiong Y-Z. et al, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General