Academic and Teaching Staff

Prof. Li Ping 李平
Dean and Chair Professor

ORCID: 0000-0002-3314-943X

Scopus Author ID: 56222449000

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Research/Teaching Interests

Bilingualism, Reading comprehension, Brain basis of language learning, Cyber-enabled technology and cognitive computing


Bio Note

Ping Li is Chair Professor of Neurolinguistics and Bilingual Studies and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He previously served as Professor of Psychology, Linguistics, and Information Sciences & Technology at the Pennsylvania State University, where he was also Associate Director of the Institute for CyberScience and Co-Director of the Center for Brain, Behavior, and Cognition. The goal of his research is to understand the neuro-computational bases of language learning and the relationships among language, culture, and the brain. His recent work uses brain-based, cyber-enabled and data-intensive methods to study language learning, bilingualism, and reading comprehension in an effort to understand neuroplasticity, individual difference, and knowledge representation. Li is Editor-in-Chief of Brain and Language and Associate Editor of Frontiers in Psychology: Language Sciences, and Editor Emeritus of Bilingualism: Language and Cognition and Journal of Neurolinguistics. He was President of Society for Computation in Psychology and Program Director of Cognitive Neuroscience and of Perception, Action and Cognition at the US National Science Foundation.


Selected Publications

  1. Li, P., & Jeong, H. (2020). The social brain of language: Grounding second language learning in social interaction. npj Science of Learning, 1-9.

  2. Li, P., & Clariana, R. (2019). Reading comprehension in L1 and L2: An integrative approach. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 50, 94-105.

  3. Li, P., Zhang, F., Yu, A., & Zhao, X. (2019). Language History Questionnaire (LHQ3): An enhanced tool for assessing multilingual experience. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 1-7.  

  4. Li, P., Legault, J., & Litcofsky, K.A. (2014). Neuroplasticity as a function of second language learning: Anatomical changes in the human brain. Cortex, 58, 301-324.

  5. Li, P., & Zhao, X. (2013). Self-organizing map models of language acquisition. Frontiers in Psychology, 4: 828.