Personal Details

Nan Lin
Associate Prof.
Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Email: linn at


  • 2007-2012, Ph. D., Beijing Normal University, Psychology (Advisors: Yanchao Bi and Zaizhu Han)
  • 2001-2005, B.S., Nankai University, Biology


  • 2016-present, Associate Professor, Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • 2012-2016, Assistant Professor, Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Research Interest

  • Reading;Semantic processing


Peer-review papers in English

  • Lin, N., Yang, X., Li, J., Wang, S., Hua, H., Ma, Y., & Li, X. (in press). Neural correlates of three cognitive processes involved in theory of mind and discourse comprehension. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience.

  • Yang, X., Zhang, X., Yang, Y., & Lin, N. (2018). How context features modulate the involvement of the working memory system during discourse comprehension. Neuropsychologia.
  • Lin, N., Angele, B., Hua, H., Shen, W., Zhou, J., & Li, X. (in press). Skipping of Chinese characters does not rely on word-based processing. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics.
  • Lin, N., Wang, X., Xu, Y., Wang, X., Hua, H., Zhao, Y., & Li, X. (in press). Fine Subdivisions of the Semantic Network Supporting Social and Sensory–Motor Semantic Processing. Cerebral Cortex.
  • Wang, S., Zhang, J., Lin, N., & Zong, C. (2018, February). Investigating Inner Properties of Multimodal Representation and Semantic Compositionality with Brain-based Componential Semantics. In Proceedings of the 32th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-18).
  • Zhao, Y., Song, L., Ding, J., Lin, N., Wang, Q., Du, X., Sun, R., & Han, Z. (2017). Left anterior temporal lobe and bilateral anterior cingulate cortex are semantic hub regions: Evidence from behavior-nodal degree mapping in brain-damaged patients.. Journal of Neuroscience, 37(1), 141-151.
  • Ding, J., Chen, K., Chen, Y., Fang, Y., Yang, Q., Lv, Y., Lin, N., Bi, Y., Guo, Q., & Han, Z. (2016). The Left Fusiform Gyrus is a Critical Region Contributing to the Core Behavioral Profile of Semantic Dementia. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 10, 215.
  • Lin, N., Yu, X., Zhao, Y., & Zhang, M. (2016). Functional anatomy of recognition of Chinese multi-character words: Convergent evidence from effects of transposable nonwords, lexicality, and word frequency. PloS one, 11(2), e0149583.
  • Lin, N., Bi, Y., Zhao, Y., Luo, C., & Li, X. (2015). The theory-of-mind network in support of action verb comprehension: Evidence from an fMRI study. Brain and language, 141, 1-10.
  • Lin, N., Wang, X., Zhao, Y., Liu, Y., Li, X., & Bi, Y. (2015). Premotor Cortex Activation Elicited during Word Comprehension Relies on Access of Specific Action Concepts. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 27(10), 2051-2062.
  • He, C., Peelen, M. V., Han, Z., Lin, N., Caramazza, A., & Bi, Y. (2013). Selectivity for large nonmanipulable objects in scene-selective visual cortex does not require visual experience. Neuroimage, 79, 1-9.
  • Liu, P., Li, W, Lin, N., & Li, X. S. (2013). Do Chinese readers follow the national standard rules for word segmentation during reading? PloS one, 8(2), e55440. 
  • Lin, N., Guo, Q., Han, Z., & Bi, Y. (2011). Motor knowledge is one dimension for concept organization: Further evidence from a Chinese semantic dementia case. Brain and Language, 119, 110-118.
  • Lin, N., Lu, X., Fang, F., Han, Z., & Bi, Y. (2011). Is the semantic category effect in the lateral temporal cortex due to motion property differences? NeuroImage, 55, 1853-1864.

Peer-review papers in Chinese

  • Hua, H., Gu, J., Lin, N., & Li, X. (2017). Letter/character position encoding in visual word recognition. Advances in Psychological Science, 25(6), 1-7.
  • Lin, N., Bi, Y., & Han, Z. (2011). Organization of Semantic Memory: Evidence from Category-specific Processing Patterns. Chinese Journal of Stroke, 6, 665-670.
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