Lab Director

yangMEG The Lab Director, Yang Zhang, is a full professor with tenure in the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences and the Center for Neurobehavioral Development, and an affiliated professor with the Center for Applied Translational Sensory Science, University of Minnesota. Zhang obtained his PhD in Speech & Hearing Sciences from University of Washington, Seattle (Committee members: Patricia Kuhl; Toshiaki Imada; David Corina; Lee Osterhout; Margaret Rogers) and did postdoctoral research at the Institute of Learning and Brain Sciences (I-LABS), University of Washington. He also received brain imaging training (1999 ~ 2001) at the Communication Science Laboratories and Basic Research Laboratories of Nippon Telephone & Telegraph Corporation in Japan. During his postdoctoral training, Zhang worked with world-leading scientists at Hitachi Medical Systems, BioMag Laboratory (Helsinki), and Eleka Neuromag (including Dr. Samu Taulu, current director of the I-LABS MEG Brain Imaging Center) on infant MEG and Optical Topography (also known as NIRS) projects. Zhang conducts an active research program on the neural basis of speech communication and language acquisition with collaborators home and abroad.
Yang Zhang

Visiting Scholar

GuoMin Dr. Min Guo is a medical doctor and the Director of the Psychological Education and Training Department at the university hospital, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China in Chengdu, Si Chuan Province. She is visiting Zhang Lab from August 2017 to August 2018. Her primary interests are developmental neurbehavioral disorders including autism and ADHD.
Min Guo

PhD Students

Luodi.jpg Luodi Yu: Luodi Yu received her bachelor and masters degrees in psychology in China (Jilin University and South China Normal University, respectively). Currently, she is working on several speech perception and auditory processing projects using EEG, fMRI, and psychoacoustic methods. She is particularly interested in cortical and subcortical auditory processing impacting speech perception in individuals with autism, as well as cross-language issues (e.g., pitch perception in tone and non-tone language speakers).
Luodi Yu
Chieh.jpg Chieh Kao: Chieh received her bachelor degree in Psychology at National Taiwan University. She had research experiences with infants, children with cochlear implants, and children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, focusing on their emotional and tonal speech perception. She is interested in how preschoolers process speech sounds under complex situations, and the neural network underlying that processing.
Chieh Kao

Undergraduate Research Assistants

2018 CLA Freshman Research Award Recipients

  • Amera Hassan
  • Madeleine Berg
  • Brett Lorge


Former PhD advisees:

  • 2017 Tess Koerner, PhD, postdoc at National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research, VA Portland.

Miller Dissertation: Neural Correlates of Phonetic Learning in Adult Listeners with Cochlear Implants

Former visiting scholars/students:
Xueping.jpg 2016 Visiting scholar: Xueping Xu, (PhD, Professor), comes from South China Normal University in Guangzhou City, China. His research interests are cognitive linguistics, pragmatics, language acquisition and teaching. He has published many research papers in Chinese and English, and his monograph book in English entitled “An Experimental Pragmatic Study of Spatial Demonstratives” was published by China Social Sciences Press in 2011 in Beijing. He is currently doing a project with Dr. Zhang on the use of spatial demonstratives in social communication.
Xueping Xu
  • 2014-2015 Xiaohu Yang, PhD, Associate Professor, Shanghai Jiaotong University, China.
  • 2013-2014 Bing Cheng, PhD, Associate Professor, Xi'an Jiaotong University, China.
  • 2015 Xiaoyue Wang, MA student, South China Normal University.
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