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

  • social semantic processing; semantic representation; reading


Peer-review papers in English

  • Zhang, G., Yao, P., Ma, G., Wang, J., Zhou, J., Huang, L., Xu, P., Chen, L., Chen, S., Gu, J., Wei, W., Cheng, X., Hua, H., Liu, P., Lou, Y., Shen, W., Bao, Y., Liu, J., Lin, N., & Li, X. (2022). The database of eye-movement measures on words in Chinese reading. Scientific Data, 9(1), 411. doi:10.1038/s41597-022-01464-6 

  • Zhang, G., Hung, J., & Lin, N. (2022). Coexistence of the social semantic effect and non-semantic effect in the default mode network. Brain Structure and Function. 
  • Zhang, G.#, Xu, Y.#, Zhang, M., Wang, S., & Lin, N.* (2021). The Brain Network in Support of Social Semantic Accumulation. Social cognitive and affective neuroscience, nsab003. Advance online publication. (#: co-first authors; *: corresponding author).

  • Zhang, G., Yuan, B., Hua, H., Lou, Y., Lin, N.*, & Li, X*. (2021). Individual differences in first-pass fixation duration in reading are related to resting-state functional connectivity. Brain and language, 213, 104893.

  • Zhang, G., Li, X., & Lin, N. (2020). YawMMF: Effective Mixed Model Functions. Available at:
  • Zhang, G., Li, X., & Lin, N. (2019). DPEEM: Data 'pipeline' Preprocessing and Extracting for Eye Movements. Available at: Manual

  • Lin, N.*, Xu, Y., Yang, H., Zhang, G., Zhang, M., Wang, S., Hua, H., & Li, X. (2020). Dissociating the neural correlates of the sociality and plausibility effects in simple conceptual combination. Brain Structure and Function, doi:

  • Yang, X., Li, H., Lin, N., Zhang, X., Wang, Y., Zhang, Y., Zhang, Q., Zuo, X.*, & Yang, Y.* (accepted). Uncovering cortical activations of discourse comprehension and their overlaps with common large-scale neural networks. NeuroImage, doi:

  • Wang, S.*, Zhang, J., Wang, H., Lin, N., & Zong, C. (2020). Fine-grained neural decoding with distributed word representations. Information Sciences, 507, 256-272.

  • Lin, N.*, Xu, Y., Wang, X., Yang, H., Du, M., Hua, H., & Li, X. (2019). Coin, telephone, and handcuffs: Neural correlates of social knowledge of inanimate objects. Neuropsychologia, 107187.

  • Lin, N.*, Wang, X., Xu, Y., Hua, H., Zhao, Y., & Li, X. (2018). Fine Subdivisions of the Semantic Network Supporting Social and Sensory-Motor Semantic Processing. Cerebral Cortex, 28(8), 2699-2710.

  • Lin, N.*, Yang, X., Li, J., Wang, S., Hua, H., Ma, Y., & Li, X. (2018). Neural correlates of three cognitive processes involved in theory of mind and discourse comprehension. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, 18(2), 273-283.

  • Yang, X., Zhang, X., Yang, Y., & Lin, N.* (2018). How context features modulate the involvement of the working memory system during discourse comprehension. Neuropsychologia, 111, 36-44.

  • Lin, N., Angele, B., Hua, H., Shen, W., Zhou, J., & Li, X.* (2018). Skipping of Chinese characters does not rely on word-based processing. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 80(2), 600-607.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.*, 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. (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.

Conference Presentations

  • “Sociality effects along linguistic hierarchies” in the 19th Annual Neurobiology of Language Conference, August, 2019. (poster).

  • The function of the in verb comprehension” in the 19th National Conference on Psychology (Xian, China), October, 2016. (invited speaker).

  • “The bilateral inferior parietal lobules in support of Chinese multi-character word recognition” in the 7th Annual Neurobiology of Language Conference and in the 45th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (Chicago, US). October, 2015. (poster).

  • “The neural mechanisms underlying Chinese multi-character word recognition: evidence from transposable nonword reading” in the 5th International Conference on Cognitive Neurodynamics (Sanya, China), June, 2015. (invited speaker).

  • “The theory-of-mind network in support of action verb comprehension: Evidence from an fMRI study” in the 20th Annual Meeting of the Organization of Human Brain Mapping (Hamburg, Germany), June, 2014. (poster).

  • “Is the semantic category effect in the lateral temporal cortex due to motion property differences?” in the 4th annual workshop on Concepts, Actions, and Objects: Functional and Neural Perspectives (Rovereto, Italy), May, 2010. (poster).

Students supervised

  • 2014 Huimin Hua
  • 2017 Guangyao Zhang
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