Christina Zhao, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor

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Dr. Tian Christina Zhao is a Research Assistant Professor at the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Washington. She directs the Lab for Early Auditory Perception (LEAP) which is housed within the Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS). Her background intercepts various disciplines, including speech and hearing sciences, experimental psychology, biology and piano performance. Her research focuses on how the human brain processes complex sounds, such as speech and music; and how early experience, such as music training or language background, may influence these neural processes as well as development. Dr. Zhao conducts research with a wide range of methods, including behavioral, electrophysiological (EEG), physiological (ECG) as well as neuroimaging (MEG) measurements in both adults and infants. She actively collaborates nationally and internationally with researchers of diverse expertise, such as music cognition, speech science, linguistics, developmental psychology, and neuroscience.