Christina Zhao, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Christina Zhao is a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Patricia Kuhl’s lab, where she recently obtained her Ph.D. in 2015. Her background includes Speech and Hearing Sciences, Psychology, Biology and Piano Performance. Her research concerns how the human brain processes complex sounds, such as speech and music and how experience influences these neural processes. She has so far conducted research using behavioral and electrophysiological methods (MEG, EEG) in both adults and infants.



Zhao, T. C. & Kuhl, P. K. (2016). Music intervention enhances infants’ neural processing of temporal structure in music and speech. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113(19), 5212–5217. doi:10.1073/pnas.1603984113

Zhao, T. C. & Kuhl, P. K. (2015). Higher-level linguistic categories dominate over lower-level acoustics in lexical tone processing. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 138(2), EL133–EL137, doi: 10.1121/1.4927632

Zhao, T. C. & Kuhl, P. K. (2015). Effect of musical experience on learning lexical tone categories. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 137(3), 1452–1463, doi:10.1121/1.4913457

Zhao, T., Moon, C., Lagercrantz, H., & Kuhl, P. (2011). Prenatal Motherese? Newborn Speech Perception May Be Enhanced by Having a Young Sibling. Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research, 16 (2), 90–94.

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