Dr. CaiCai Zhang


Dr. Caicai Zhang is Associate Professor in the Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Her work broadly concentrates on how language is processed and represented in the human brain, and how it interacts with other cognitive domains such as music and memory. At a more specific level, her research focuses on: (1) the relationship of language, music and brain, investigated from the perspective of how congenital amusia (commonly known as tone deafness), an innate musical pitch disorder, affects speech processing from behavioral to neural levels; (2) how sleep contributes to the consolidation of speech sound categories in the brain of L2 learners; and (3) the neurocognitive mechanisms of learning and memory problems in children with developmental disorders of speech and language. She uses a broad range of tools including behavioral methods, electroencephalograph (EEG) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to study these questions. She has published more than 40 papers in international peer-reviewed journals, including Brain and Language, Scientific Reports, NeuroImage, and NeuroImage: Clinical. She is currently serving as an Editor/Associate Editor/Academic Editor for Scientific Reports, PLOS ONE, and Frontiers in Psychology.