Vicky T. Lai

Assistant Professor
Psychology Department | Cognitive Science Program
University of Arizona, Tucson, United States
Lab website as of October 2016: http://vickylai.lab.arizona.edu/

Research interests: Cognitive Neuroscience of Language, Semantics, Metaphor, Language and Thought in Bilinguals, Emotion and Language 

Contact: tzuyinlai@email.arizona.edu

My research investigates the cognitive processes and the neural basis of language in context. My primary work examines higher-level language meaning, including figurative language, combinatorial semantics, sentence processing, and social-affective factors in language. I am also interested in language and thought issues especially in bilinguals whose two languages are typologically different. I use behavioral, electrophysiological (EEG), and imaging (fMRI) methods.  

Brief bio: I received my Master training in Psycholinguistics at the National Taiwan University, and then my joint Ph.D. in Linguistics and Cognitive Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. I then worked in the Neurobiology of Language Department at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen. I was also affiliated with the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition, and Behaviour in Nijmegen. In Fall 2013, I joined Dr. Rutvik Desai's lab "Language, Concepts, and the Brain" at the McCausland Center for Brain Imaging, Department of Psychology, at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.