Li-Hai Tan, Ph.D.
Director, State Key Laboratory of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Georgetown University
B.Ed. - Shandong Teachers' University, 1984, Education
M.Ed. - Beijing Normal University, 1988, Psycholinguistics (Cognitive)
Ph.D. - University of Hong Kong, 1995, Psycholinguistics (Cognitive)
Dr. Tan has a background in cognitive neuroscience and psycholinguistics. He has performed research in the field of
reading and reading disorders, particularly in the Chinese language. University of Hong Kong,
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and the University
of Pittsburgh, Dr.Tan has studied behavioral processes associated with Chinese reading.Dr. Tanís current research utilizes
functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and behavioral approaches to
investigate the neurophysiological and cognitive mechanisms underlying language
processing, language learning, attention and memory.Comparisons of the Chinese and English languages
are at the heart of his research.
- Tan LH, Hoosain R. (1992). The effects of input characteristics on hemispheric processing of Chinese characters. Psychologia 35: 213-221.
- Tan LH, Hoosain R, Peng DL (1995). Role of early presemantic phonological code in Chinese character identification. Journal of Experimental Psychology-Learning Memory and Cognition 21: 43-54.
- Tan LH, Hoosain R, Siok WWT (1996). Activation of phonological codes before access to character meaning in written Chinese. Journal of Experimental Psychology-Learning Memory and Cognition 22: 865-882.
- Tan LH, Perfetti CA (1997). Visual Chinese character recognition: Does phonological information mediate access to meaning? Journal of Memory and Language 37: 41-57.
- Tan LH, Perfetti CA (1998). Phonological codes as early sources of constraint in reading Chinese: A review of current discoveries and theoretical accounts. Reading & Writing 10: 165-220.
- Perfetti CA, Tan LH (1998). The time course of graphic, phonological, and semantic activation in Chinese character identification. Journal of Experimental Psychology-Learning Memory and Cognition 24: 101-118.
- Tan LH, Perfetti CA (1999). Phonological and associative inhibition in the early stages of English word identification: Evidence from backward masking. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance 25: 59-69.
- Perfetti CA, Tan LH (1999). The constituency model of Chinese word identification. In: Wang J, Inhoff A, Chen I (eds.), Reading Chinese Script: A Cognitive Analysis. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum 115-134.
- Tan LH, Perfetti CA (1999). Phonological activation in visual identification of Chinese two-character words. Journal of Experimental Psychology-Learning Memory and Cognition 25: 382-393.
- Tan LH, Spinks JA, Gao JH, Liu HL, Perfetti CA, Xiong J, Stofer KA, Pu Y, Liu Y, Fox PT (2000). Brain activation in the processing of Chinese characters and words: a functional MRI study. Hum Brain Mapp 10: 16-27.
- Spinks JA, Liu Y, Perfetti CA, Tan LH (2000). Reading Chinese characters for meaning: the role of phonological information. Cognition 76: B1-B11.
- Ziegler JC, Tan LH, Perry C, Montant M (2000). Phonology matters: the phonological frequency effect in written Chinese. Psychol Sci 11: 234-238.
- Pollatsek A, Tan LH, Rayner K (2000). The role of phonological codes in integrating information across saccadic eye movements in Chinese character identification. J Exp Psychol Hum Percept Perform 26: 607-633.
- Yang H, Peng DL, Perfetti CA, Tan LH (2000). Phonological coding in reading Chinese: Interactions of character and sub-character level phonological activations. Acta Psychologica Sinica 32: 144-151.
- Tan LH, Feng CM, Fox PT, Gao JH (2001). An fMRI study with written Chinese. Neuroreport 12: 83-88.
- Tan LH, Liu HL, Perfetti CA, Spinks JA, Fox PT, Gao JH (2001). The neural system underlying Chinese logograph reading. NeuroImage 13: 836-846.
- Pu Y, Liu HL, Spinks JA, Mahankali S, Xiong J, Feng CM, Tan LH, Fox PT, Gao JH (2001). Cerebral hemodynamic response in Chinese (first) and English (second) language processing revealed by event-related functional MRI. Magn Reson Imaging 19: 643-647.
- Xu S, Peng DL, Xue G, Tan LH (2001). Cognitive mechanisms for Chinese developmental dyslexia. Child Development and Education 17: 12-16.
- Leong CK, Tan LH (2002). Phonological processing in learning to read Chinese: In search of a framework. In: Hjelmquist E, Von Euler C (eds.), Dyslexia and literacy: A tribute to Ingvar Lundberg. London: Whurr 126-150.
- Luke KK, Liu HL, Wai YY, Wan YL, Tan LH (2002). Functional anatomy of syntactic and semantic processing in language comprehension. Hum Brain Mapp 16: 133-145.
- Lee TM, Liu HL, Tan LH, Chan CC, Mahankali S, Feng CM, Hou J, Fox PT, Gao JH (2002). Lie detection by functional magnetic resonance imaging. Hum Brain Mapp 15: 157-164.
- Jin Z, Xu S, Zhang L, Xue G, Zeng Y, Fei J, Z. W, Tan LH (2002). An fMRI study of Chinese reading in primary school children. Chinese Journal of Medical Imaging Technology 739-742.
- Perfetti CA, Liu Y, Tan LH (2002). How the mind can meet the brain in reading: A comparative writing systems approach. In: Kao HSR, Leong CK, Gao DG (eds.), Cognitive Neuroscience Studies of the Chinese Language. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press 34-60.
- Tan LH, Spinks JA, Feng CM, Siok WT, Perfetti CA, Xiong J, Fox PT, Gao JH (2003). Neural systems of second language reading are shaped by native language. Hum Brain Mapp 18: 158-166.
- Siok WT, Jin Z, Fletcher P, Tan LH (2003). Distinct brain regions associated with syllable and phoneme. Human Brain Mapping 18: 201-207.
- Kochunov P, Fox P, Lancaster J, Tan LH, Amunts K, Zilles K, Mazziotta J, Gao JH (2003). Localized morphological brain differences between English-speaking Caucasians and Chinese-speaking Asians: New evidence of anatomical plasticity. Neuroreport 14: 961-964.
- He AG, Tan LH, Tang Y, James GA, Wright P, Eckert MA, Fox PT, Liu Y (2003). Modulation of neural connectivity during tongue movement and reading. Hum Brain Mapp 18: 222-232.
- Tan LH, Gao JH, Fox PT (eds.) (2003). Functional Brain Imaging of Language in Human Brain Mapping. New York: Wiley-Liss.
- Siok WT, Perfetti CA, Jin Z, Tan LH (2004). Biological abnormality of impaired reading is constrained by culture. Nature 431: 71-76.
- Chan AH, Liu HL, Yip V, Fox PT, Gao JH, Tan LH (2004). Neural systems for word meaning modulated by semantic ambiguity. Neuroimage 22: 1128-1133.
- Feng CM, Narayana S, Lancaster JL, Jerabek PA, Arnow TL, Zhu F, Tan LH, Fox PT, Gao JH (2004). CBF changes during brain activation: fMRI vs. PET. Neuroimage 22: 443-446.
- Zhao X, Glahn D, Tan LH, Li N, Xiong J, Gao JH (2004). Comparison of TCA and ICA techniques in fMRI data processing. J Magn Reson Imaging 19: 397-402.
- Zhou B, Zhang JX, Tan LH, Han S (2004). Spatial congruence in working memory: an ERP study. Neuroreport 15: 2795-2799.
- Zhang JX, Feng CM, Fox PT, Gao JH, Tan LH (2004). Is left inferior frontal gyrus a general mechanism for selection? Neuroimage 23: 596-603.
- Liu HL, Liao WT, Fang SY, Chu TC, Tan LH (2004). Correlation between temporal response of fMRI and fast reaction time in a language task. Magn Reson Imaging 22: 451-455.
- Li P, Jin Z, Tan LH (2004). Neural representations of nouns and verbs in Chinese: an fMRI study. Neuroimage 21: 1533-1541.
- Spinks JA, Zhang JX, Fox PT, Gao JH, Tan LH (2004). More workload on the central executive of working memory, less attention capture by novel visual distracters: Evidence from an fMRI Study. NeuroImage 23: 517-524.
- Perfetti CA, Liu Y, Tan LH (2005). The lexical constituency model: some implications of research on chinese for general theories of reading. Psychol Rev 112: 43-59.
- Leong CK, Cheng PW, Tan LH (2005). Contribution of phonological and orthographic sensitivity skills to learning to read and spell in a second language. Reading & Writing.
- Leong CK, Tan LH, Cheng P, Hau KT (2005). Learning to read and spell English words by Chinese students. Scientific Studies of Reading 9: 63-84.
- Leong, C.K., Hau, K.T., Cheng, P.W., & Tan, L.H. (2005). Exploring two-wave reciprocal structural relations among orthographic knowledge, phonological sensitivity, reading and spelling English words by Chinese students. Journal of Education Psychology, 97, 591-600.
- Tan, L.H., Spinks, J.A., Eden, G., Perfetti, C.A., & Siok, W.T. (2005). Reading depends on writing, in Chinese. Proc Natl Acad Ssci USA 102, 8781-8785.
- Tan, L.H., Laird, A., Li, K., & Fox, P.T. (2005). Neuroanatomical correlates of phonological processing of Chinese characters and alphabetic words: A meta-analysis. Human Brain Mapping, 25, 83-91.
- Li, G., Cheung, R., Gao, J.H., Lee, T., Tan, L.H., Fox, P.T., Jack, C.R., and Yang, E.S. (2005). Cognitive processing in Chinese literate and illiterate subjects: An fMRI study. Human Brain Mapping, 27, 144-152.
- Xiao, Z., Zhang, J.X., Wang, X., Wu, R., Hu, X., Weng, X., & Tan, L.H. (2005). Differential activity in left inferior frontal gyrus for pseudo and real words: An event-related fMRI study on auditory lexical decision. Human Brain Mapping, 25, 212-221.
- Tan, L.H. (2005). The neuroanatomical system underlying Chinese reading and its constraints on second language learning. Hong Kong Journal of Paediatrics, 10, 131-139.