Likan Zhan

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Likan Zhan

Academic appointment

  • 2014.10 ~ Now, Assistant professor,
    MEG Laboratory for Brain Sciences,
    Institute for Speech Pathology and the Brain Science,
    Beijing Language and Culture University, Beijing, China

Education

  • 2010.10 ~ 2014.09, Ph.D. Cognitive Science,
    Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

  • 2007.09 ~ 2010.07, M.E. Cognitive Psychology,
    Beijing Language and Culture University, Beijing, China

  • 2000.09 ~ 2004.07, B.A. Teaching Chinese as a Second Language,
    Beijing Language and Culture University, Beijing, China

Teaching responsibilities

Professional skills

  • Statistics. I teached two statistical courses to master students. I have moderate experience in using R for statistical modeling and data visualization. Besides the basic ones, I used the following R packages a lot: data.table, dplyr, ggplot2, car, lme4, gam etc. I also created a R package myself, called acqr.

  • Experimental techniques. I’m familiar with E-prime, Psychopy, Psychtoolbox, and Presentation for presenting test stimuli. I have advanced experience in using Eyelink II/1000 plus (SR Research Ltd.), such as Experiment Builder for experiment building, and Data Viewer for data analysis. I am in charge of establishing the first Child MEG lab in China, familiar with Yokogawa MEG system for equipment maintenance and MEG data acquisition. I’m also familiar with BESA, and some Matlab packages for analyzing the E/MEG data, such as fieldtrip and SPM12.

  • Writing. I like to write with LaTeX, Markdown, and R Markdown. I created my personal website with hugo and blogdown.

Grants and awards

  1. Grants
  • The Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities [15YBB29] (2015 - 2016) “Experimental explorations of possible world semantics.” Zhan, L. (¥20,000)

  • The Funds Supporting the Growth of the New Teachers [FD201530] 2015 - 2016 “Introduction to psychology and introduction to scientific research.” Zhan, L. (¥7,000)

  • The Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, [15YJ050003] (2015 - 2016) “Processing and acquisition of tone perception in Mandarin Chinese” Zhan, L., Shi, F., Gao, L., & Zhang, L. (¥70,000)

  • Cognitive Science Postgraduate Research Grant of Macquarie University (2010 - 2014) “The interpretation of conditionals in natural language” Zhan, L. ($10,570)

  • Macquarie University Postgraduate Research Fund (2013) “The hypothetical property of conditionals in natural language” Zhan, L. ($4,684)

  1. Awards
  • 2013.11. 38th Boston University Conference on Language Development, Paula Menyuk Travel Award, $300.

  • 2013.04. 26th Annual CUNY Sentence Processing Conference, Travel Award, $350.

Publications

  1. Book
  • Zhan, L. (2015). The Interpretation of Conditionals in Natural Language. Saarbrucken, Germany: Lap Lambert Academic Publishing.
  1. Periodicals
  • Zhou, P., Zhan, L., & Ma, H. (2018). Predictive language processing in preschool children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: An eye-tracking study. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research. doi:10.1007/s10936-018-9612-5 FullText

  • Zhan, L. (2018). Using eye movements recorded in the visual world paradigm to explore the online processing of spoken language. Journal of Visualized Experiments, 140, e58086. doi: 10.3791/58086 FullText

  • Zhou, P., Ma, W., Zhan, L., & Ma, H (2018). Using the visual world paradigm to study sentence comprehension in Mandarin-speaking children with autism. Journal of Visualized Experiments, 140, e58452. doi: 10.3791/58452 FullText

  • Zhan, L., Zhou, P., & Crain, S. (2018). Using the visual-world paradigm to explore the meaning of conditionals in natural language. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 33(8), 1049-1062. doi: 10.1080/23273798.2018.1448935 FullText

  • Zhan, L. (2018). Scalar and ignorance inferences are both computed immediately upon encountering the sentential connective: The online processing of sentences with disjunction using the visual world paradigm. Frontiers in Psychology, 9. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00061 FullText

  • Moscati, V., Zhan, L., & Zhou, P. (2017). Children’s on-line processing of epistemic modals. Journal of Child Language, 44(5), 1025-1040. doi: 10.1017/S0305000916000313 FullText

  • Zhan, L., Crain, S., & Zhou, P. (2015). The online processing of only if- and even if- conditional statements: Implications for mental models. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 26(7), 367-379. doi: 10.1080/ 20445911.2015.1016527 FullText

  • Zhou, P., Crain, S., & Zhan, L. (2014). Grammatical aspect and event recognition in children’s online sentence comprehension. Cognition, 133(1), 262-276. doi: 10.1016/j.cognition.2014.06.018 FullText

  • Zhou, P., Crain, S., & Zhan, L. (2012). Sometimes children are as good as adults: The pragmatic use of prosody in children’s on-line sentence processing. Journal of Memory and Language, 67(1), 149-164. doi: 10.1016/j.jml.2012.03.005 FullText

  • Zhou, P., Su, Y., Crain, S., Gao, L., & Zhan, L. (2012). Children’s use of phonological information in ambiguity resolution: a view from Mandarin Chinese. Journal of Child Language, 39(04), 687-730. doi: 10.1017/S0305000911000249 FullText

  1. Conference proceedings
  • Zhan, L., Crain, S., & Zhou, P. (2013). The anticipatory e ects of focus operators: A visual- world paradigm eye-tracking study of “only if” and “even if” conditionals. In N. Goto, K. Otaki, A. Sato, & K. Takita (Eds.), Proceedings of GLOW in Asia IX 2012. Mie University, Japan.
  1. Conference presentations and invited talks
  • Zhan, L. (2018, November). Methods of Cognitive Neuroscience: Focus on Language. Inivted presentation given at the Child Cognition Laboratory, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. slides

  • Zhan, L. (2018, November). Visual world paradigm: An eye-tracking technique to study the real time processing of spoken Language. Inivted presentation given at the Center for Studies of Chinese as a Second Language, Beijing Language and Culture University, Beijing, China. slides

  • Zhan, L. (2018, October). Experimental Builder: A What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get tool to build experiment scripts. Inivted presentation given at the Center for Studies of Chinese as a Second Language, Beijing Language and Culture University, Beijing, China. Example materials

  • Zhan, L. (2017, September). Scalar implicature and ignorance inference are both locally computed: Evidence from the online processing of disjunctions using the visual world paradigm. Paper presented at the Second High-level Forum on Cognitive Linguistics, University of International Business and Economics, Beijing, China

  • Zhan, L., Crain, S., & Zhou, P. (2013, November). Going beyond the information that is perceived: The hypothetical property of if-conditionals in Mandarin Chinese. Paper session presented at the Second International Conference on Psycholinguistics in China, Fuzhou, China.

  • Moscati, V., Zhan, L., & Zhou, P. (2013, November). Reasoning on possibilities: An eye tracking study on modal knowledge. Poster session presented at the 38th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development, Boston University, MA.

  • Zhou, P., Crain, S., & Zhan, L. (2013, November). Anticipatory eye movements in children’s processing of grammatical aspect. Poster session presented at the 38th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development, Boston University, MA.

  • Zhan, L., Crain, S., & Zhou, P. (2013, March). The hypothetical property of “if”-statements: A visual- world paradigm eye-tracking study. Poster session presented at CUNY2013: The 26th annual CUNY Sentence Processing Conference, Columbia, SC.

  • Zhan, L., Crain, S., & Zhou, P. (2012, July). The interpretation of conditionals. Paper presented at the 7th International Conference on Thinking (ICT2012), Birkbeck/UCL, London, UK.

  • Zhou, P., Crain, S., & Zhan, L. (2012, March). Children’s pragmatic use of prosody in sentence processing. Poster session presented at the 35th Generative Linguistics in the Old World (GLOW) Workshop: Production and Perception of Prosodically-Encoded Information Structure, University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany.

  • Zhan, L., Crain, S., & Khlentzos, D. (2011, August). The basic semantics of conditionals in natural language. Paper presented at the Harvard-Australia Workshop on Language, Learning and Logic, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.

  • Zhou, P., Crain, S., Gao, L., & Zhan, L. (2010, September). The role of prosody in children’s focus identification. Paper presented at the Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition - North America 4 (GALANA-4), Toronto, Canada.

  • Zhou, P., Su, Y., Crain, S., Gao, L., & Zhan, L. (2010, August). Children’s use of prosodic information in ambiguity resolution. Paper presented at the 8th Conference of Generative Linguistics in the Old World Asia (GLOW-in-Asia 8), Beijing, China.