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Qing Cai

Qing Cai

Professor of psychology, East China Normal University

Email: miao.cai@gmail.com

Phone: 021-2059-5992

Office: Room, 165 Geography Building, 3663 North Zhongshan Road, Shanghai

Research Interests

Language, Reading, Lateralization, Development, Brain imaging, NLP

Research Summary

Qing Cai is a professor of psychology at East China Normal University. Her research focuses on the neural basis of speech and reading, their acquisition in typical and atypical development, as well as their relation to learning, memory, music, and other higher-order cognitive functions.   Research grants in the last 3 years: 2020-2023 Mechanisms of semantic representation and integration based on lexical semantic networks. (PI; NSFC); 2020-2022 Mechanisms of brain and cognitive development in children and adolescents (co-PI; PI: L. Lin; Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality); 2020-2022 Longitudinal multimodal neuroimaging study of children. (PI; East China Normal University); 2018-2021 The role of non-dominant hemisphere in language processing and its mechanisms. (PI; National Natural Science Foundation of China); 2017-2019 Cross-disciplinary studies on diseases and network organization of the brain. (PI; Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality); 2017-2019 Semantic representation in cognitive neuroscience and computer science. (co-PI, partners: X. Tian & Z. Zhang; NYU-ECNU Joint Research Institute Seed Grants).

Education Background

2009    Ph.D., Cognitive Science, University Lyon, France

2005    M.S., Cognitive Science, University Lyon 2, France

Work/Research Experience

2012 – 2017    Associate Professor, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, East China Normal University, China  

2011 – 2013     Postdoctoral Fellow, INSERM-CEA Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit, NeuroSpin, France  

2009 – 2011     Post-doctoral Fellow, Department of experimental psychology, Ghent University, Belgium

Representative Publications
  1. Tao, L., Zhu, M., and Cai, Q.*. (2020) Neural Substrates of Chinese Lexical Production: The Role of Domain-General Cognitive Functions. Neuropsychologia. 138(2020):107354. doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2020.107354  
  2. Wang, S., Van der Haegen, L., Tao, L., Cai, Q.* (2019) Brain functional organization associated with language lateralization. Cereb Cort. 19(10): 4312-4320. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhy313.  
  3. Tao, L., Cai, Q.* (2018) Effects of early home language environment II: speech comprehension and cognitive functions. Biling: Lang Cogn. 21(3); 537-549. doi:10.1017/S1366728917000268  
  4. Van der Haegen, L., Acke, F., Vingerhoets, G., Dhooge, I., De Leenheer, E., Cai, Q.*, Brysbaert, M. (2016) Laterality and unilateral deafness: Patients with congenital right ear deafness do not develop atypical language dominance. Neuropsychologia 93: 482-492. doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2015.10.032.   
  5. Leroy, F., Cai, Q., Bogart, S., Dubois, J., Coulon, O., Monzalvo, K., Fischer, C., et al. (2015) New human-specific brain landmark: The depth asymmetry of superior temporal sulcus. Proc Natl Acad Sci 112(4): 1208-1213. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1412389112.  
  6. Cai, Q.*, Van der Haegen, L., and Brysbaert, M. (2013). Complementary hemispheric specialization for language production and visuospatial attention. Proc Natl Acad Sci 110(4): E322-330. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1212956110.  
  7. Cai, Q.*, and Brysbaert, M. (2010). SUBTLEX-CH: Chinese word and character frequencies based on film subtitles. PLoS One 5(6): e10729. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0010729.  
  8. Cai, Q.*, Paulignan, Y., Brysbaert, M., Ibarrola, D., and Nazir, T.A. (2010). The left ventral occipito-temporal response to words depends on language lateralization but not on visual familiarity. Cereb Cort 20: 1153–1163. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhp175