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Xiaodong Xu Associate Professor

Research Interests: 
Cognitive and biological mechanisms underlying sentence/discourse processing by using Eye-tracking, ERPs (Event-Related Potentials), and fMRI (functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging)

Educational Background

PhD, Cognitive Neuroscience (Neurolinguistics), Southeast University (2013)

MA, Cognitive Psychology, Nanjing Normal University (2007)

BA, English (Language and Literature), Fuyang Normal University (2004)

Research Projects

  1. Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 31300929). The influence of focus structures on the interpretation of pronoun in Mandarin Chinese: Behavioral and ERP studies (汉语焦点信息影响代词回指的行为和脑电研究, 国家自然科学基金青年项目). 2014-2016. (Role: PI)

  2. Natural Science Foundation of the Higher Education Institutions of Jiangsu Province (Grant No. 12KJB180007). The electrophysiological mechanisms underlying focus processing and pronoun resolution in Mandarin Chinese (汉语焦点结构影响代词回指的电生理机制研究, 江苏省教育厅高校自然科学基金项目). 2012-2014. (Role: PI)

  3. The Initial Scientific Research Fund for Excellent Researcher of Nanjing Normal University. The ERP study of the Bilingual Lexical Access (双语词汇提取的ERP研究, 南师大高层次人才科研启动基金项目). 2008-2010.

Journal Articles

Publication in the international journals

  1. Xiaodong Xu., & Xiaolin Zhou. (2016). Topic shift impairs pronoun resolution during sentence comprehension: Evidence from event-related potentials. Psychophysiology, 53, 129-142.  (SSCI/SCI)
  2. Qingrong Chen., Jingjing Zhang, Xiaodong Xu, Christoph Scheepers, Yiming Yang, Michael K. Tanenhaus. (2016). Prosodic expectations in silent reading: ERP evidence from rhyme scheme and semantic congruence in classic Chinese poems. Cognition, 154, 11-21. (SSCI)
  3. Xiaodong Xu. (2015). The influence of information status on pronoun resolution in Mandarin Chinese: evidence from ERPs. Frontiers in Psychology, 6(873), doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00873.  (SSCI)
  4. Xiaodong Xu, Xiaoming Jiang & Xiaolin Zhou. (2015). When a causal assumption is not satisfied by reality: Differential brain responses to concessive and causal relations during sentence comprehension. Language, Cognition & Neuroscience, 30(6), 704-715. (SSCI)
  5. Xiaodong Xu, Xiaoming Jiang & Xiaolin Zhou. (2013). Processing biological gender and number information during Chinese pronoun resolution: ERP evidence for functional differentiation. Brain and Cognition, 81(2), 223-236. (SSCI/SCI)
  6. Qingrong Chen, Xiaodong Xu, Dingliang Tan, Jingjing Zhang, Yuan Zhong. (2013). Syntactic priming in Chinese sentence comprehension: Evidence from Event-Related Potentials. Brain and Cognition, 83(1), 142-152. equal contributors  (SSCI/SCI)
  7. Yuhong Liu., Xiaodong Xu, & Klaus-Uwe Panther. (2013) An ERP approach to thematic hierarchies regarding grammatical objects of the Chinese verb Chi (eat). Language Sciences, 40, 36-44.  (SSCI)
  8. Xiaodong Xu. & Chang Liu. (2008). Can subitizing survive the attentional blink? An ERP study. Neuroscience Letters, 440(2): 140-144. (SCI)

Publication in Chinese Journals

  1. Chuanbin Ni, Junyan Wei, Xiaodong Xu, Wei Xiao. (2015). The sentence level Bilingual lexical switching: Evidence from Eye-movement Journal of PLA University of Foreign Languages, 38(1), 19-28. (基于句子层面的双语词汇转换研究:来自眼动的证据, 解放军外国语学院学报)
  2. Xiaodong Xu, Qingrong Chen. (2014). The Influence of Focus Structures on the Interpretation of Pronoun in Mandarin Chinese: Evience from ERP. Advances in Psychological Science, 22(6), 902-910. (汉语焦点信息影响代词回指的电生理机制, 心理科学进展)
  3. Xiaodong Xu, Lijuan Chen. (2014). Acritical review of theoretical models as well as the empirical studies on bilingual lexical access. Foreign Language Research, 143(1), 32-41. (双语词汇提取的理论模型及其实证研究述评, 外语研究)
  4. Xiaodong Xu, Chuanbi Ni, Lijuan Chen. (2013) The influence of topic structure and verb-based implicit causality on pronoun resolution in Mandarin Chinese: Evidence from sentence production and comprehension. Modern Foreign Languages, 36(4), 331-339. (话题结构和动词语义对代词回指的影响--一项基于语言产生和语言理解任务的实证研究, 现代外语)
  5. Qingrong Chen, Mengjuan Wang, Huining Liu, Dingliang Tan, Zhu Deng, Xiaodong Xu. (2011). Combination of Eye movement and ERP methods in language cognition: Theory, method, and application. Advances in Psychological Science, 19(2), 264-273. (语言认知中眼动和ERP结合的理论、技术路径及其应用, 心理科学进展)
  6. Qingrong Chen, Dingliang Tan, Zhu Deng, Xiaodong Xu. (2011). Syntactic Prediction in Sentence Reading: Evidence from Eye Movements. Acta Psychologica Sinica, 42(6), 672-682. (句法预测对句子理解影响的眼动实验, 心理学报)
  7. Chuanbin Ni, Guangming Lu, Zhiqiang Zhang, Zhongqiu Wang, Xiaodong Xu, Zhiyi Zhang. (2010). Brain areas activated and cognitive approaches adopted in L2 phonological process. Acta Psychologica Sinica, 42(12), 1156-1165. (二语语音的识别方式与激活脑区, 心理学报)
  8. Xiaodong Xu, Chang Liu. (2008). The key respect of sentence comprehension: A further review on the relation between syntax and semantics. Advances in Psychological Science, 16(4), 532-540. (句子理解的关键——对句法和语义关系的再探讨,心理科学进展)
  9. Xiaodong Xu, Chang Liu. (2008). Neural Pathways of fearful visual stimulus processing. Psychological Science, 31(3), 609-613. (视觉恐惧加工的神经通路, 心理科学)
  10. Xiaodong Xu, Chang Liu. (2007). Understanding top-down and bottom-up control from dimension weighting account. Psychological Science, 30(4), 909-911. (从维度权值看自上而下和自下而上的控制, 心理科学)
  11. Xiaodong Xu, Chang Liu. (2007). Subitizing, what can It tell us? Advances in Psychological Science, 15(1), 50-56. (感数——它能告诉我们什么?心理科学进展)
  12. Xiaodong Xu, Chang Liu. (2007). Can one feel visual emotion without attention and consciousness? The confused finding and its origins. Advances in Psychological Science, 15(4), 187-595. (视觉情绪知觉需要注意和意识吗?困惑及其原因,心理科学进展)
  13. Xiaodong Xu, Chang Liu. (2006). The Spatial Character of Number. Advances in Psychological Science, 14(6), 851-858. (数字的空间特性, 心理科学进展)

Conference papers

  1. Xiaodong Xu & Xiaolin Zhou. When a causal assumption is not satisfied by reality: Differential brain responses to concessive and causal relations during sentence comprehension.,The 6th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language (SNL 2014). Amsterdam, the Netherlands,2014.8.28-2014.8.30. 
  2. Xiaodong Xu. When a causal assumption is not satisfied by reality: Differential brain responses to concessive and causal relations during sentence comprehension.,The first international conference of Cognitive Linguistics and Pragmatics: Theory and Practice (CLP 2014), Nanjing, 2014.10.23-2014.10.26. 
  3. Xiaodong Xu & Panther Klaus-Uwe. The influence of causal vs. concessive conjunctions on discourse coherence in Chinese: Evidence from on-line recording of brain activities.,The 12th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference (ICLC-12), University of Alberta, Albert, Canada,2013.6.28-2013.7.5. 
  4. Xiaodong Xu & Xiaolin Zhou. Effects of topicalization on pronoun interpretation in Mandarin Chinese: An ERP investigation. The 18th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM 2012),Beijing,2012.6.10-2012.6.14.
  5. Xiaodong Xu & Xiaolin Zhou. Hierarchical agreement processing in pronoun resolution: ERP evidence.,The Third Annual Neurobiology of Language Conference (SNL 2011),Maryland, USA,2011.11.10-2011.11.11

Honors and Awards

  1. The “Blue Project” for outstanding young teachers of Nanjing Normal University (2014-2016).
  2. The Graduate Research and Innovation Projects (Ph.D. program, Southeast University) in Jiangsu Province (CXLX_0147) 2010-2013.
  3. Outstanding Master's Degree Thesis of Jiangsu Province (2008)

Academic Title

  • Member of SNL (Society for the Neurobiology of Language) 
  • Member of Jiangsu Foreign Languages & Linguistics Society


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