On the morning of June 1, 2021, the Seventh "Sui Yuan Xin Guang" Salon of the Young Teachers' Academic Forum and Psychology Department Centennial Celebration Expert Forum - Cognitive neural processing of hierarchical language structures was successfully held on the "Tencent Conference" platform. The forum invited Dr. Ding Nai, a researcher from the School of Biomedical Engineering and Instrument Science of Zhejiang University, the Deputy Director of the Key Laboratory of Biomedical Engineering of the Ministry of Education of Zhejiang University, and the Deputy Director of the Music Psychology Committee of the Chinese Psychological Association, to give a lecture on the theme of "Cognitive neural processing of hierarchical language structure". The lecture was hosted by Professor Zhong Yuan, the Vice Dean of School of Psychology, Nanjing Normal University, and attended by teachers including Dr. Zhang Jingjing, Dr. Xie Jiushu and Dr. Hu Chuanpeng, as well as some undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Dr. Ding Nai’s main research area is the cognitive neural mechanisms of speech and language comprehension. He has published more than 30 papers in Nature Neurosclence, Nature Communications, PNAS and other journals, and is a reviewer for Science and Nature Human Behavior.
Dr. Ding Nai describes the cognitive neural processing of language structure in terms of both integration and selective processing of language. For each of these components, Nai describes his own experimental research using EEG or brain magnetism, revealing that individuals process language according to a certain hierarchical structure, i.e. they produce corresponding EEG or brain magnetism responses to words, phrases and sentences. In addition, Nai Ding points out that linguistic hierarchical processing is not only found in Chinese, but also in other language systems.
At the end of the lecture, the young teachers and students showed great interest in the research content presented by Dr. Ding Nai, and talked to him about experimental materials, experimental design and technical methods. The lecture not only provided a new understanding of cognitive processing of language, but also gave a strong impetus to academic exchange and the building of academic culture in the School.
(Written by Yang Hao)