Zhenguang G. Cai
Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages / Brain and Mind Institute, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Prior to joining CUHK, I was a lecturer at the School of Psychology, University of East Anglia, an ESRC Future Research Leader fellow at t the Department of Experimental Psychology, University College London, a postdoc at the School of Psychology, University of Plymouth, and a postdoc at the School of Psychological Sciences, University of Manchester. I did my PhD in psychology at the Department of Psychology, University of Edinburgh.
My research interests include language processing and time perception. In language processing, I have used structural priming to look at lexical and syntactic representation and processing in both comprehension and production. More recently, I have taken an interest in how interlocutors model each other in language communication and how cognitive plasticity may shape language learning even in adulthood. In time perception, I am interested in the mechanics of Bayesian inference in interval timing and how time interacts with non-temporal dimensions.
Peer-reviewed journal papers/book chapters
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- Wei, H., Boland, J. E., Cai, Z. G., Yuan, F., & Wang, M. (in press). Persistent structural priming during online second language comprehension. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition.
- Cai, Z. G., Wang, R., Shen, M. & Speekenbrink, M. (2018). Cross-dimensional magnitude interactions arise from memory interference. Cognitive Psychology, 106, 21-42.
- Betts, H. N, Gilbert, R. A, Cai, Z. G., Okedara, Z. B, & Rodd, J. M. (2018). Retuning of lexical-semantic representations: Repetition and spacing effects in word-meaning priming. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 44, 1130–1150.
- Cai, Z. G., & Vigliocco, V. (2018). Word processing. In J. T. Wixted & S. Thompson-Schill (Eds), The Stevens’ Handbook of Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience, Volume 3: Language and Thought (4th edition) (pp.75-110). New York: Wiley.
- Cai, Z. G., Gilbert, R. A., Davis, M. H., Gaskell, M. G., Farrar, L., Adler, S., & Rodd, J. M. (2017). Accent modulates access to word meaning: Evidence for a speaker-model account of spoken word recognition. Cognitive Psychology, 98, 73-101.
- Cai, Z. G., & Liu, H. (2017). Microscopic and macroscopic approaches to the mental representations of second languages. Behavioural and Brain Sciences, 40, 19-20 [commentary].
- Xie, J., Lu, Z., Wang, R., & Cai, Z. G. (2016). Remember hard but think softly: Metaphorical effects of hardness/softness on cognitive functions. Frontiers in Psychology, 7:1343. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01343
- Cai, Z. G., & Connell, L. (2016). On magnitudes in memory: An internal clock account of the effect of space on time. Acta Psychologica, 168, 1-11.
- Rodd, J. M., Cai, Z. G., Betts, H. N., Hanby, B., Hutchinson, C., & Adler, A. (2016). The impact of recent and long-term experience on access to word meanings: evidence from large-scale internet-based experiments. Journal of Memory and Language, 87, 16-37.
- Wang, R., Fan, X., Liu, C., & Cai, Z. G. (2016). Cognitive control and word recognition speed influence the Stroop effect in bilinguals. International Journal of Psychology, 51, 93–101.
- Cai, Z. G., & Connell, L. (2015). Space-time interdependence: Evidence against asymmetric mapping between time and space. Cognition, 136, 268-281.
- Cai, Z. G., Pickering, M. J., Wang, R., & Branigan, H. P. (2015). It is there whether you hear it or not: Syntactic representations of missing arguments. Cognition, 136, 255-267.
- Rafray, C. N., Pickering, M. J., Cai, Z. G., & Branigan, H. P. (2014). The production of coerced expressions:Evidence from priming. Journal of Memory and Language, 74, 91-106.
- Cai, Z. G., & Wang, R. (2014). Numerical magnitude affects temporal memories but not time encoding. PLoS ONE, 9(1): e83159. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0083159.
- Cai, Z. G., Connell, L., & Holler, J. (2013). Time does not flow without language: Spatial distance affects temporal duration regardless of movement or direction. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 20: 973–980.
- Cai, Z. G., Pickering, M. J., & Sturt, P. (2013). Processing verb-phrase ellipsis in Mandarin Chinese: Evidence against the syntactic account. Language and Cognitive Processes, 28, 810-828.
- Connell, L., Cai, Z. G., & Holler, J. (2013). Do you see what I'm singing? Visuospatial movement biases pitch perception. Brain and Cognition, 81, 124-130.
- Cai, Z. G., Sturt, P., & Pickering, M. J. (2012). The effect of nonadopted analyses on sentence processing. Language and Cognitive Processes, 27, 1286-1311.
- Cai, Z. G., Pickering, M. J., & Branigan, H. P. (2012). Mapping concepts to syntax: Evidence from structural priming in Mandarin. Journal of Memory and Language, 66, 833-849.
- Cai, Z. G., Pickering, M. J., Yan, H., & Branigan, H. P. (2011). Lexical and syntactic representations in closely related languages: Evidence from Mandarin and Cantonese. Journal of Memory and Language, 65, 431-445.
- Cai, Z. (2011). The mental representation and processing of syntactic structure: Evidence from Chinese. Unpublished PhD thesis, University of Edinburgh.
Peer-reviewed conference proceedings
- Cai, Z. G., Wang, R., Liu, H., & Speekenbrink, M. (2017) Task-oriented Bayesian inference in interval timing: People use their prior reproduction experience to calibrate time reproduction. Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society
- Cai, Z. G., & Connell, L. (2012). Space-time interdependence and sensory modalities: Time affects space in the hand but not in the eye. In N. Miyake, D. Peebles, & R. P. Cooper (Eds.), Proceedings of the 34th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.
- Connell, L., Cai, Z. G., & Holler, J. (2012). Do you see what I'm singing? Visuospatial movement biases pitch perception. In N. Miyake, D. Peebles, & R. P. Cooper (Eds.), Proceedings of the 34th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.
Peer-reviewed publication in Chinese
- Lu, B., & Cai, Z. (2010). Reading guide. In Hawkins, J. A. Efficiency and Complexity in Grammars. Shijie Tushu Chuban Gongsi, Beijing. [陆丙甫，蔡振光.(2010).导读. 霍金斯，《语法的效能与复杂度》，北京，世界图书出版公司出版.]
- Lu, B., & Cai, Z. (2009). Chunking and structural complexity of linguistic units. Shijie Hanyu Jiaoxue (Chinese Teaching in the World), 23, 3-16. [陆丙甫，蔡振光．(2009). “组块”与语言结构难度. 世界汉语教学，第一期，3-16]]
- Cai, Z., & Dong, Y-P. (2007). Representing lexical semantics in the Competition Model: animacy per se as a cue. Modern Languages, 45-52. [蔡振光，董燕萍．(2007). 双语句子理解中的语言迁移.现代外语，第三期, 45-52.]
- Dong, Y-P., & Cai, Z. (2007). Representing lexical semantics in the Competition Model: argument specification satisfaction as a cue. Foreign Language Teaching and Research, 169-176. [董燕萍，蔡振光．(2007). 竞争模型中的语义线索：论元特征满足度. 外语教学与研究,169-176.]
- Cai, Z., & Dong, Y-P. (2007). Transfer of sentence processing strategies for Chinese-English bilinguals. Foreign Languages, 30, 251-261. [蔡振光，董燕萍．(2007)．竞争模型中的语义线索：纯生命性．外国语, 第二期, 45-52．]
- Cai, Z., & Dong, Y-P. (2005). Recalling words not presented in lists: Mental representation of Chinese compounds. Journal of PLA University of Foreign Languages, 28, 58-61. [蔡振光，董燕萍．(2005)．从汉英虚假记忆的表外词语介入看汉语复合词的词汇表征．解放军外国语学院学报，28 (2)：58-61．]
- Holly Branigan (University of Edinburgh)
- Louise Connell (Lancaster University)
- Judith Holler (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics)
- Martin Pickering (University of Edinburgh)
- Jenni Rod (UCL)
- Patrick Sturt (University of Edinburgh)
- Ruiming Wang (South China Normal University)
- Gabriella Vigliocco (UCL)