Yaxuan Meng

Postdoctoral Researcher


I have recently completed my PhD in Psycholinguistics at University of Macau (Aug. 2018).

For my research, I adopted ERP measurements to investigate the utilisation of segmental and suprasegmental cues among Chinese EFL learners (including both Mandarin and Cantonese speakers) in English spoken word recognition and explored the underlying cognitive processes.

I am now working as a Postdoctoral Researcher on the MORPHON project in the Language and Brain laboratory. Within the project, I’m mainly responsible for designing both behavioural and EEG experiments to explore morpho-phonological representations in the mental lexicon.

I'm particularly interested in the underlying cognitive mechanism during second language acquisition (e.g., suprasegmental phonology). In addition, I’m also interested in language processing among children with developmental disabilities, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder.


Selected publications:

Meng, Y., Kotzor, S., Xu, C., Wynne, H.S.Z., & Lahiri, A. (2021). Asymmetric influence of vocalic context on Mandarin sibilants: Evidence from ERP studies. Frontiers in Neuroscience: Speech and Language.
Link: https://doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2021.617318

Meng, Y., Wynne, H.S.Z., & Lahiri, A. (2021). Representation of “T3 sandhi” in Mandarin: Significance of context. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience.
Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/23273798.2021.1893769

Zhang, J., Meng, Y.*, He, J., Xiang, Y., Wu, C., Wang, S., & Yuan, Z. (2019). McGurk Effect by Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Typically Developing Controls: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 49(1), 34-43. (*Corresponding Author)

Zhang, J., Meng, Y.*, Fan, X., Ortega-Llebaria, M., & Ieong, S. L. (2018). Stress typicality effect in Chinese advanced and intermediate ESL learners. Educational Psychology, 38(5), 617-632. (*Corresponding Author)

Zhang, J., Meng, Y.*, McBride, C., Fan, X., Yuan Z. (2018). Combining Behavioral and ERP Methodologies to Investigate the Differences between McGurk Effects Demonstrated by Cantonese and Mandarin Speakers. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 12, 181. (*Corresponding Author)