Ping Li, Ph.D.

Part-time Principal Investigator, Shenzhen Institute of Neuroscience
Professor, Pennsylvania State University

Professor Li received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Peking University, graduate training at the Max Planck Institute and Ph.D. in Psycholinguistics at University of Leiden in 1990. After postdoctoral training at Center for Research in Language and the McDonnell-Pew Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, University of California, San Diego, he worked as assistant professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong from 1992-1996, and as Assistant to Full Professor at University of Richmond from 1996-2008. Currently he is at Pennsylvania State University as Professor of Psychology, Linguistics, & Information Sciences & Technology, Co-Director of the Center for Brain, Behavior, & Cognition, and Associate Director of the Institute for CyberScience. Professor Li is Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Neurolinguistics and Associate Editor of Frontiers in Psychology: Language Sciences. He was previously Editor of Bilingualism: Language and Cognition (2003-2013), President of Society for Computers in Psychology (2011-2012) and Program Director of Cognitive Neuroscience and Perception, Action, and Cognition at the US National Science Foundation (2007-2009). Professor Li has numerous publications in psycholinguistics, language acquisition, computational modeling, and cognitive and neural basis of bilingualism.

Recent publications:

  1. Li, P., & Grant, A. (2016). Second language learning success revealed by brain networks. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 19, 657-664.
  2. Li, P., Zhang, F., Tsai, E., & Puls, B. (2014). Language History Questionnaire (LHQ 2.0): A new dynamic web-based research tool. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 17, 673-680.
  3. Li, P., Legault, J., & Litcofsky, K.A. (2014). Neuroplasticity as a function of second language learning: Anatomical changes in the human brain. Cortex, 58, 301-324.  DOI: 10.1016/j.cortex.2014.05.001
  4.  Li, P. (2013). Computational modeling of bilingualism. A special issue of Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 16(2), 241-366.
  5.  Li, P., & Marrongelle, K. (2013). Having success with NSF: A practical guide. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  6. Dong, Y., & Li, P. (2015). The cognitive science of bilingualism. Language and Linguistics Compass, 9, 1-13.
  7.  Fang, S., Zinszer, B., Malt, B., & Li, P. (2016). Bilingual object naming: A connectionist model. Frontiers in Psychology: Cognitive Science, 7, Article 644. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00644  
  8. Grant, A, Fang, S., & Li, P. (2015). Second language lexical development and cognitive control: A longitudinal fMRI study. Brain and Language, 144, 35-47.
  9.   Grant, A., Dennis, N., & Li, P. (2014). Cognitive control, cognitive reserve, and memory in the aging bilingual brain. Frontiers in Psychology: Language Sciences, 5, Article 1401. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01401
  10.   Grosjean, F., & Li, P. (2013). The psycholinguistics of bilingualism. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  11. Li, P., & MacWhinney, B. (2013). Competition model. In C.A. Chapelle (ed.), The encyclopedia of applied linguistics. Malden, MA: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (Wiley Online Library: DOI: 10.1002/9781405198431.wbeal0168).
  12. Li, P., & Zhao, X. (2013). Connectionism. In C.A. Chapelle (ed.), The encyclopedia of applied linguistics. Malden, MA: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (Wiley Online Library: DOI: 10.1002/9781405198431.wbeal0186).
  13.  Li, P., & Zhao, X. (2013). Connectionist models of second language acquisition. In M.P. Garcia Mayo, M. Junkal, G. Mangado, & M. Adrian (eds.), Contemporary approaches to second language acquisition (pp. 177-198). Amsterdam, the Netherlands: John Benjamins.
  14.  Li, P. (2013). Computational modeling of bilingualism. A special issue of Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 16(2), 241-441.
  15. Xu, G., Zhang, L., Shu, H., Wang, X., & Li, P. (2013). Access to lexical meaning in pitch-flattened Chinese sentences: An fMRI study. Neuropsychologia, 51, 550-556.
  16. Yue, Q., Zhang, L., Xu, G., Shu, H., & Li, P. (2013). Task-modulated activation and functional connectivity of the temporal-frontal areas during speech comprehension. Neuroscience, 237, 87-95.
  17. Zhao, X., & Li, P. (2013). Simulating cross-language priming with a dynamic computational model of the lexicon. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 16, 288-303.
  18.   Li, P. (2012). Neuro-computational approaches to Chinese. In C.F. Sun, W. S-Y Wang, & Y. Tsai (eds.),Oxford Handbook of Chinese Linguistics. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  19.  Li, P., & MacWhinney, B. (2012). Competition model. In C.A. Chapelle (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics (in press). Malden, MA: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  20. Li, P., & . Marrongelle, K. (2012). Having Success with NSF: A Practical Guide. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  21. Li, P., Shu, H., & Liu, Y. (2012). Neurocognitive approaches to the processing of Chinese. In J. Huang, A. Li, & A. Simpson (eds.), Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Chinese Linguistics. Malden, MA: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  22.  Li, P., & Tokowicz, N. (2012). The psycholinguistics of second language acquisition. In P. Robinson (ed.),Routledge Encyclopedia of Second Language Acquisition. New York, NY: Taylor & Francis/Routledge.
  23. Li, P., & Zhao, X. (2012). Connectionist approaches to bilingual lexical representation. In J. Altarriba & R. Heredia (eds.), Understanding Bilingual Memory: Theory and Application. Springer Science Publishers.
  24. Li, P., & Zhao, X. (2012). Connectionism. In M. Aronoff (ed.), Oxford bibliographies online. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. ( 16. Yang, J., & Li, P. (2012). Brain networks of explicit and implicit learning. PLoS One, 7, e42993. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0042993
  25.  Zhang, Y., Zhang, L., Shu, H., Xi, J., Wu, H., Zhang, Y., & Li, P. (2012). Universality of categorical perception deficit in developmental dyslexia: An investigation of Mandarin Chinese tones. Journal of Child Psychiatry and Psychology.
  26. Zhang, L., Xi, J., Wu, H., Shu, H., & Li, P. (2011). Electrophysiological evidence of categorical perception of Chinese lexical tones in attentive condition. NeuroReport. 23, 35-39.
  27. Yang, J., Tan, L., & Li, P. (2011). Lexical representation of nouns and verbs in the late bilingual brain.Journal of Neurolinguistics, 24, 674-682.
  28. He, H.B., Li, P., & Wang, H.W. (2011). Advances in knowledge discovery and data analysis for artificial intelligence. Journal of Experimental and Artificial Intelligence, 23 (1), 1-136.
  29. Zhang, L., Xi, J., Xu, G., Shu, H., Wang, X., & Li, P. (2011). Cortical dynamics of acoustic and phonological processing in speech processing. PLoS One, e20963. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0020963.
  30. Liu, Y., Hao, M., Li, P., & Shu, H. (2011). Timed picture naming norms for Mandarin Chinese. PLoS One, 6, e16505.
  31. Zhao, X., Li, P., & Kohonen, T. (2011). Contextual self-organizing map: Software for constructing semantic representation. Behavior Research Methods, 43, 77-88.