Yaxu Zhang is an associate professor at the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Peking University. He earned his Ph.D. in Psychology from Beijing Normal University. His research interests include cognitive and neural mechanisms of sentence processing, cognitive and neural mechanisms of syntactic processsing in second language, and event-related brain potentials.

List of Publications

Arduino, L.S., Veronelli, L., Cai, L., Xue, S., Corbo, M., & Zhang, Y.* (2016). Pseudoneglect in sentence bisection: A comparison between Italian and Chinese. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 28, 575-584. (* Corresponding Author). DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2016.1170689

Yu, J., Zhang, Y.*, Boland, J.E., & Cai, L. (2015). The interplay between referential processing and local syntactic/semantic processing: ERPs to written Chinese discourse. Brain Research, 1597, 139-158. (* Corresponding Author). DOI: 10.1016/j.brainres.2014.12.013

Zhang, Y.*, Li, P., Piao, Q., Liu, Y., Huang, Y., & Shu, H. (2013). Syntax does not necessarily precede semantics in sentence processing: ERP evidence from Chinese. Brain and Language, 126, 8-19. (* Corresponding Author). DOI: 10.1016/j.bandl.2013.04.001

Zhang, Y.*, Zhang, J., & Min, B. (2012). Neural dynamics of animacy processing in language comprehension: ERP Evidence from the interpretation of classifier-noun combinations. Brain and Language, 120, 321-331. (* Corresponding Author). DOI: 10.1016/j.bandl.2011.10.007

Zhang, Y., Yu, J., & Boland, J. E. (2010). Semantics does not need a processing license from syntax in reading Chinese. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 36, 765-781. DOI: 10.1037/a0019254

Zhou, X., Jiang, X., Ye, Z., Zhang, Y., Lou, K., & Zhan, W. (2010). Semantic integration processes at different levels of syntactic hierarchy during sentence comprehension: An ERP study. Neuropsychologia, 48, 1551-1562. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2010.02.001

Yi, K., Park, K., Abe, J., Liu, Y., & Zhang, Y. (2010). A cross-linguistic study on representation and processing of Hanja words: Naming and lexical decision. The Korean Journal of Cognitive and Biological Psychology, 22, 277-291 (in Korean).

Hsieh, Y., Boland, J. E., Zhang, Y., & Yan, M. (2009). Limited syntactic parallelism in Chinese ambiguity resolution. Language and Cognitive Processes, 24, 1227-1264.

Zhang, Y.*, & Zhang, J. (2008). Brain responses to agreement violations of Chinese grammatical aspect. NeuroReport, 19, 1039-1043 (* Corresponding Author).

Yu, J., & Zhang, Y.* (2008). When Chinese semantics meets failed syntax. NeuroReport, 19, 745-749 (* Corresponding Author).

Zhang, Y., Jiang, X., & Yu, J. (2007). Filler-gap dependency, reading span and attentional set in Chinese sentence comprehension. Progress in Natural Science, 17 (Special Issue.), 181-182 (Abstract).

Zhang, Y., Wu, N., & Yip, M. (2006). Lexical ambiguity resolution in Chinese sentence reading. In P. Li, L H. Tan, E. Bates, & O.J.L. Tzeng (Eds.), Handbook of East Asian Psycholinguistics (Vol. 1: Chinese, pp. 268-278). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Zhang, Y., Zhou, X., Min, B., Jia, J., & Li, J. (2004). Phonological encoding in Chinese speech production: Evidences from speech errors of aphasic patients and oral response inhibition paradigm. International Journal of Psychology, 39 (Suppl.), 99 (Abstract).

Li, J., Zhang, Y., & Gao, J. (2004). Cue detection and inhibitory control in prospective memory: Evidence from semantic negative priming. International Journal of Psychology, 39 (Suppl.), 64 (Abstract).

Liu, Y., Zhang, Y., Shu, H., Sun, M., & Hong, A. (2004). The parsing of disyllabic words with syntactic category ambiguities in Chinese sentence reading: Evidence from moving window reading and eye tracking. International Journal of Psychology, 39 (Suppl.), 504 (Abstract).

Zhang, Y., Zhou, X., Shu, H., & Cao, F. (2003). Lexical and sublexical contribution to phonological activation in reading Chinese: Interaction with children’s reading ability. Acta Psychologica Sinica, 35 (Supplement), 6-13.

Li, P., Shu, H., Yip, M., Zhang, Y., & Tang, Y. (2002). Lexical ambiguity in sentence processing: Evidence from Chinese. In M. Nakayama (ed.) Crosslinguistic Sentence Processing (pp. 111-129). Stanford, CA: Center for the Study of Language and Information Publications.

Zhang, Y., Shu, H., Li, P., Liu, Y., & Zhou, X. (2001). Inhibitory processes, homophone meanings recognition, and spoken discourse comprehension in Chinese. In L. Chen & Y. Zhuo (Eds.), Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Cognitive Science (pp. 221-226). Beijing: University of Science and Technology of Chinese Press.