Personal Details

Panpan Yao
Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences


Rearch Interest

Language processing, syntactic processing, second language acquisition, psycholinguistics


  • 2013 - 2018, PhD in Psycho-linguistics, Queen Mary University of London
    • Thesis title: Native Mandarin speakers’ and late Dutch-Mandarin learners’ on-line processing of nominals in Mandarin
    • Supervisors: Professor Hagit Borer, Doctor Linnaea Stockall
    • Awarded date: 31-January-2018
  • 2010 - 2013, Master in Cognitive Psychology, Beijing Normal University
    • Dissertation title: Cross-linguistic differences affect late Chinese-English learners’ on-line processing of English tense and aspect
    • Supervisor: Professor Baoguo Chen
  • 2006 - 2010, Bachelor in Human Resource Management, Tianjin Foreign Studies University


Peer-review papers in English

  • Yao, P., & Chen, B. (2016). Cross-linguistic differences affect late Chinese-English learners on-line processing of English tense and aspect. International Journal of Bilingualism, 21(3), 268–290. doi:10.1177/1367006915624248 .
  • Zhang, Q., Liang, L., Yao, P., Hu, S., & Chen, B. (2016). Parallel morpho-orthographic and morpho-semantic activation in processing second language morphologically complex words: Evidence from Chinese-English bilinguals. International Journal of Bilingualism, 21(3), 291–305. doi:10.1177/1367006915624249 
  • Liu, H., Fan, N., Rossi, S., Yao, P., & Chen, B. (2016). The effect of cognitive flexibility on task switching and language switching. International Journal of Bilingualism, 20(5), 563–579. doi:10.1177/1367006915572400 

Peer-review papers in Chinese

  • Yao, P., Wang,R.,& Chen,B.(2013). Working Memory Capacity Influences the Use of Verb Bias Information during Second Language Sentence Reading. Foreign Language Learning Theory and Practice, 1, 39-46.
  • Yao, P., Li,N.,& Chen,B.(2013). Influence of stem frequency on the representation of English inflected and derived words in native Chinese speakers. Foreign Language Teaching and Research, 44 (5), 694-705.

Conference Presentations

  • July 2017 ‘L2ers’ acquisition of unique-to-L2 constructions through implicit learning’
    Mental Architecture for Processing and Learning of Language (MAPLL) and Tokyo Conference on Psycholinguistics (TCP) 2017, Tokyo, Japan
  • August 2016 ‘On-line processing of mass/count nominals by Dutch-Mandarin learners’
    Workshop on Sentence Processing in Nultilingual and Other Less Commonly Studied Populations, Potsdam, Germany
  • May 2016 ‘How syntactic cues affect Mandarin speakers anticipation of mass/count nouns’
    Workshop on the semantic contribution of Det and Num. (In)definiteness, genericity and referentiality, Barcelona, Spain
  • September 2015 ‘On-line processing of mass/count nominal phrases in Mandarin Chinese’
    AMLaP 2015, Malta
  • August 2015 ‘Syntactic cues for mass/count expectation in Mandarin Chinese’
    EAPC 3 (the 3rd East Asian Psycholinguistics Colloquium), Potsdam, Germany
  • January 2015 ‘Nominal phrases in English and Mandarin’
    LOT winter school, Amsterdam, Netherland
  • September 2014 ‘Investigation of Chinese-English learners acquisition of tense and aspect in English: Self-paced reading and eye-movement study’
  • September 2014 AMLaP XX (Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing), Edinburgh, UK

Project participation

  • 2015 - 2017 AThEME Project (Advancing the European Multilingual Experience). EU FP7 Grant 613465
    Queen Mary University of London, UK
  • 2011 - 2013 Different factors of L2-grammar-processing from Chinese-English speakers. Project No. 11BYY039
    Beijing Normal University, China
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