Fei Gao


Dr. Fei GAO

Associate Researcher/Assistant Professor

E-mail: feigao@fudan.edu.cn

Research website: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Fei-Gao-7

Address: Room 244, Environmental Science Building #2, Fudan University, Handan Road, Yangpu District, Shanghai


Psycholinguistics, Chinese and bilingual studies, Second language acquisition (SLA), Cognitive neuroscience, Neuroimaging (EEG, fNIRS, fMRI)


2018–2022, Ph.D., Linguistics (English), University of Macau, Macao

Dissertation: The When, Where, and How of Chinese Morphological Processing in the Human Brain: Evidence from EEG-fNIRS

2015–2018, M.A., Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Beijing Language and Culture University, Beijing

2013, Exchange Student, Cultural Activities Development/Applied Foreign Languages, Chia Nan University of Pharmacy & Science, Tainan

2011-2015, B.A., Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, Hainan University, Haikou


Gao, F., Hua, L., Armada-da-Silva, P., Zhang, J., Li, D., Chen, Z., Wang, C., Du, M., & Yuan, Z. * (2023). Shared and distinct neural correlates of first and second language morphological processing in bilingual brain. npj Science of Learning, 8(1), 33. (SSCI-Q1)

Gao, F., Hua, L., He, Y., Xu, J., Li, D., Zhang, J., & Yuan, Z. * (2023). Word structure tunes electrophysiological and hemodynamic responses in the frontal cortex. Bioengineering, 10(3), 288. (SCI-Q2)

Gao, F., Wu, C., Fu, H., Xu, K. *, & Yuan, Z. * (2023). Language Nativeness Modulates Physiological Responses to Moral vs. Immoral Concepts in Chinese–English Bilinguals: Evidence from Event-Related Potential and Psychophysiological Measures. Brain Sciences, 13(11), 1543.  (SCI-Q3)

Gao, F., Wang, R., Armada-da-Silva, P., Wang, M., Lu, H., & Yuan, Z.* (2022). How the brain encodes the morphological constraints during Chinese word reading: An EEG-fNIRS study. Cortex. (SCI-Q1)

Gao, F.*, Wang, J., Zhao, C. G., & Yuan, Z. (2021). Word or morpheme? Investigating the representation units of L1 and L2 Chinese compound words in mental lexicon using a repetition priming paradigm. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 1-15. (SSCI-Q1)

Gao, F., Wang, J., Wu, C., Wang, M. Y., Zhang, J.*, & Yuan, Z.* (2021). The neural dynamics associated with lexicality effect in reading single Chinese words, pseudo-words and non-words. Cognitive Neurodynamics, 1-11. (SCI-Q2)

Hua, L., Gao, F., Leong, C., & Yuan, Z.* (2022). Neural decoding dissociates perceptual grouping between proximity and similarity in visual perception. Cerebral Cortex. (SCI-Q1)

Wei, Y.*, Jia, L., Gao, F., & Wang, J. (2022). Visual-Auditory Integration and High-Variability Speech Can Facilitate the Visual Effect on Mandarin Chinese Tone Identification. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research. (SSCI-Q1)

Chen, K., Wang, R., Huang, J., Gao, F., Yuan, Z., Qi, Y., & Wu, H.* (2022). A resource for assessing dynamic binary choices in the adult brain using EEG and mouse-tracking. Scientific Data. (SCI-Q1)

Xia, X., Gao, F., & Yuan, Z.* (2021). Species and Individual Differences and Connectional Asymmetry of Broca’s Area in Humans and Macaques. NeuroImage, 118583. (SCI-Q1)

Jin, H., Gao, F., & Chen, Z. (2019). Applications of Event Related Potentials (ERP) in Studies of Second Language Syntactic Acquisition [in Chinese]. 世界汉语教学 33(4): 522-547. (CSSCI)


Gao, F. (2023). EEG-fNIRS correlates of first and second language morphological processing in Chinese-English bilingual brain, Presented at PacSLRF 2023 International Conference on Second Language Acquisition, Thammasat University, Bangkok, July 26-27.

Gao, F. (2022). How the brain encodes the morphological constraints during non-alphabetic language word reading. Presented virtually at 2022 Beijing Brain Conference, Chinese Institute for Brain Research, Beijing, August 13.

Gao, F. (2022). Shared and distinct neural correlates of first and second language morphological processing in bilingual brain. Presented virtually at 2022 Doctoral Forum of School of Humanities, Tsinghua University, Beijing, May 7-8.

Gao, F. (2021). How the brain encodes the morphological constraints during Chinese word reading: An EEG-fNIRS study. Presented virtually at the 3rd Chinese Young Anatomic Scientists Forum, Qingdao, China, October 15-18.

Gao, F. (2020). The when and where of morphological constraints in reading Chinese complex words: An EEG-fNIRS study. Presented virtually at Association for Reading and Writing in Asia 2020 Annual Conference, Beijing, China, September 24-25.

Gao, F. (2018). Representational units of Chinese native and non-native speakers’ lexical processing. Paper presented at the 6th International Symposium on Chinese Applied Linguistics, Iowa City, USA, April 27-28.


Gao, F. (2022). Introduction to ERP and fNIRS techniques and their applications in language-related studies. Invited workshop at Anhui Medical University, January 3.

Gao, F. (2021). Investigating language processing by using EEG-fNIRS fusion. Invited workshop at Beijing Language and Culture University, June 18.

Gao, F. (2021). Neural correlates of morphological processing for Chinese native speakers and Chinese-English bilinguals: Evidence from EEG-fNIRS and fMRI. Invited talk at the Doctoral Salon of Peking University School of Chinese as a Second Language, April 8.

Kumar, R., Gao, F., & Gabrieli, G. (2019). Open Research in Asia-Pacific Countries: a Q&A with Academics. Invited panel discussion hosted by Researcher-APP, December 5.


Principle Investigator, Shanghai Pujiang Program: The modulation of digital devices and Internet symbols on language-related brain networks of Chinese students, 2023-2026.

Principle Investigator, Open Project of Key Laboratory of Language Science and Multilingual Artificial Intelligence, Shanghai International Studies University: The neural correlates of foreign language effect on mental imagery among Chinese-English bilinguals, 2023-2025.

Principle Investigator, Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, and the Research Funds of Beijing Language and Culture University: Studies of Developmental Units of Chinese Learners’ Lexical Representation, 2016-2017.

Project member and coordinator, Macao Higher Education Bureau Grant: Determinants and neural correlates of Portuguese L2 proficiency amongst 1st-year higher education Chinese students (PI: Prof. Zhen Yuan), 2020-2022.

Project member, China National Philosophy and Social Science Foundation: WH-question processing in Chinese as a second language learning across various linguistic backgrounds: An eye-tracking investigation (PI: Prof. Changyin Zhou), 2021-present.

Project member, China National Philosophy and Social Science Foundation: Cognitive Mechanism of Oral Proficiency Development by Chinese Language Learners and Related Teaching Model (PI: Prof. Jianqin Wang), 2015-2018.


Early Career Award, The 8th Annual Conference for the Association for Reading and Writing in Asia (2024), Jeju.

Best Presentation Award, The 3rd Macau Symposium on Cognitive and Brain Sciences (2022), Macao.

Excellent Paper Award, 2022 Doctoral Forum of School of Humanities, Tsinghua University, Beijing.

Second Prize Research Paper Award, The 1st Forum on Language and Cognitive Sciences for Graduate Students (2021), Beijing Language and Culture University, Beijing.

University Academic Scholarship (2015-2018), Beijing Language and Culture University.

Best Presentation Award, Overseas programme in Entrepreneurship and Innovation (2014), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.


Humanities & Social Sciences Communications, Editorial Board.

Association for Second Language Processing in China, Board member.

Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching, Frontiers in Psychology, Journal of Neurolinguistics, Reviewer.

Postgraduate Research Symposium on Linguistics, Language, and Speech (PRSLLS), Reviewer, June 18-19, 2021

Association for Reading and Writing in Asia, Member.

CCBS NeuroTalk, Initiator and Coordinator.

Language, Mind, and Brain seminar, Initiator and Coordinator.


Lecture of “Cognitive Linguistics”, Fudan University, 2023.

English Talk Time, teaching assistant, English Language Center, University of Macau, 2018-2020

Chinese instructor, Royal Beijing Language and Culture Center Chinese course, Manila, the Philippines, June-July 2018.

Chinese tutor, Harvard-Beijing Academy, Beijing, June-August 2016.