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许静芬

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研究领域

Research Interests

My research focuses on three lines: first, typical and atypical language and cognitive developments, including special populations with genetic deficits as people with Williams syndrome and people with Down syndrome; second, practical implications and developments on language and cognitive interventions, including people with language and cognitive impairments. By using neurological research methods, neural correlates with behavioural patterns of typical and atypical populations can be identified. Future research will recruit people with autism spectrum disorders and people with learning difficulties to expand different etyologies to explore the nature of language and cognitive deficits. Third, due to boost developments of technologies, possible interventions on language and cognition could be made with technologies such as virtual reality/augmented reality. Future research will include technologies to improve cognitive and linguistic abilities of people with special needs.


Research Center for Language Pathology and Developmental Neurosciences

This center will be located in the Research Center for Creativity and Fundamental Sciences of Hunan University in 2020. The theme of this center is to improve life quality and happiness of people with developmental disabilities, including but not limited to people with Williams syndrome,  people with Down syndrome, people with autism spectrum disorders, people with specific language impairments, and people with learning difficulties. This center devotes to conducting research on people with special needs to build up trajectories of atypical developments compared to typical developers and to developing intervention methods with technologies such as virtual reality and augmented reality. It is believed that brain plasticity makes intervention possible and potential in people with developmental disorders.

科研项目

Funded Grants

11. 2020.08.01-2024.12.31
Neuroimaging Biological Motion with Emotions and the Relationship with Theory of Mind in People with Genetic Deficits, National Foundation for Nature Sciences (under review)

10. 2017.08.012018.11.30

An fMRI Study of Causal Judgments in People with Williams Syndrome, Ministry of Science and Technology NT. 1,089,000 (Co-PI: National Cheng Chi University, Professor Chang Ting Ting; Chinese Medical University, Professor Fu Yun Ching; MacKay Hospital in Taipei, Dr. Lin Yuan Pei), MOST 106-2410-H-211-001

9. 2016.08.012017.07.31

Asymmetrical Interaction of Language and Cognition: Evidence from Comprehension of Emotion Language in People with Williams Syndrome, Ministry of Science and Technology NT. 604,000, MOST105-2410-H-211-005

8. 2015.08.012016.11.30

Finding Brain and Behavioral Asymmetry on Central Coherence Deficiency: Evidence from Cross-Syndrome ERP Studies, Ministry of Science and Technology NT. 604,000, MOST 104-2410-H-211-002

7. 2014.08.012015.11.30

Lexical Ambiguity Resolution in People with Williams Syndrome: A New Insight to Weak Central Coherence Investigation, Ministry of Science and Technology NT. 600,000, MOST 103-2410-H-211-001

6. 2013.08.012014.11.30

Contextual Effect in Syntactic Priming of Williams Syndrome and Cross-Syndrome Comparisons of Weak Central Coherence with Down Syndrome,  Ministry of Science and Technology NT. 810,243, NSC102-2410-H-211-001

6. 2012.08.012013.07.31

Causal Inferences and Central Coherence Deficiency in People with Williams Syndrome, Ministry of Science and Technology NT.715,000,

NSC101-2410-H-211-009

5. 2011.08.012012.07.31

Cross-Syndrome Investigation of Contextual Coherence Competence: Evidence from Verbal and Nonverbal Domains, Ministry of Science and Technology NT.768,000 (Co PI: Institute of Linguistics, Academia Sinica, Professor Ovid Tzeng), NSC100-2410-H-211-004

4. 2010.08.012011.10.31

Cross-Syndrome Semantic Network Investigation: Finding Evidence of Interactive Specialization Framework in the Brain, Ministry of Science and Technology NT.700,000 (Co-PI: National Cheng Kong University, Professor Chen Jenn-Yeu), NSC99-2410-H-211-009

3. 2009.11.012010.04.30

Exploring Neural Correlates of People with Williams Syndrome in Face Processing: An ERP Study, NT.104,400 (Co-PI: National Cheng Kung University, Professor Chen Jenn-Yeu), Research Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Ministry of Science and Technology

2. 2005.10.012006.05.31

Discovering of Dissociation of Form and Meaning in People with Williams Syndrome: From the Perspective of Memory Research NT.150,000 (Co PI: Institute of Linguistics, Academia Sinica, Professor Tzeng J.L.), Taiwan Foundation for Rare Disorders

1. 2017.01.012018.12.31

Neural basis for lexical ambiguity resolution and cognitive functions: Evidence from MEG, Ministry of Science and Technology NT. 819,000, MOST106-2420-H-018-001


Research Assistantship

2. 19962000

International Picture Norming Project (PI: Professor Elizabeth Bates), University of California at San Diego, USA

1. 19951996

Lexical Ambiguity Research in Chinese (PI: Professor Kathleen Ahrens), Institute of Linguistics, National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan

学术成果

Journal Articles

Hsu, C.F. Neural Correlates of Causal Inferences and Semantic Priming in People with Williams Syndrome.

Hsu, C.F. Contextual Effect on Lexical Ambiguity Processing in People with Williams Syndrome: Evidence from Nouns and Verbs in Chinese.

Hsu, C.F. Understanding Emotion Language through Events and Words in People with Williams Syndrome.

23. Chen, X.Y., Hsu C.F., Xu, D., Yu, J., & Lei*, X. (2020). Lost the Frontal Regulator of Vigilance during Sleep Inertia: A Simultaneous EEG-fMRI Study. (*Corresponding author)

22. Hsu, C.F. (2020). Atypical Developments of Social Brain: A Review of Biological Motion with Emotions on Theory of Mind in  Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Nova Science Publishers.

21. Hsu, C.F. (2019). Contextual Effects on Semantic Grouping in People with Down Syndrome. International Journal of Developmental Disabilities, 65(2), 6572. (SSCI) (IF: 0.5)

20. Hsu, C.F. (2019). Neuroimaging Causal Inferences and Semantic Priming in People with Williams Syndrome: An fMRI Study. Proceedings of the 15thAnnual Meeting of Chinese Developmental Psychology, 191-193.

19. Hsu, C.F. (2017). Linking Counterfactuality with Theory of Mind: Evidence from Developmental Studies with Yaobushi in Chinese. Lingua Sinica, 3, 14–33.

18. Hsu, C.F. (2017). Semantic Priming and Associative Priming in People with Williams Syndrome. In Lowell T. Duncan (ed.), Advances in Health and Disease, Vol.2.,pp.171–196. Nova Science Publishers. ISBN: 978-1-53612-695-2 (Hardcover), ISBN: 978-1-53612-696-9 (ebook).

17. Hsu, C.F. (2016). Contextual Integration of Causal Coherence in People with Down Syndrome: Evidence from Figurative Comprehension. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities-Diagnosis and Treatment, 4(1), 55–62.

16. Hsu, C.F. (2014). Modality Effect of Contextual Integration in People with Williams Syndrome. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 35(7), 15711578. (SSCI) (IF: 1.820, 5-Year IF: 2.344)

15. Hsu, C.F. (2014). Semantic-Based Mental Representation of Chinese Counterfactuals: Evidence from a Psycholinguistic Study of Yaobushi. Language and Linguistics, 15(3), 391410. (SSCI) (IF: 0.281, 5-Year IF: 0.444)

14. Hsu*, C.F. & Chen, J.Y. (2014). Deviant Neural Correlates of Configural Detection in Facial Processing of People with Williams Syndrome. Bulletin of Special Education, 39(1), 6184. (TSSCI) (*Corresponding author)

13. Hsu, C.F. (2014). Cross-domain investigation of weak central coherence in people with Williams syndrome: Asymmetrical brain and behavioral performances in verbal and nonverbal domains. In Olivia H. Porter (ed.), Semantic Memory: Neurobiology, Disorders and Therapeutic Strategies for Improvement, pp.71–82. Nova Science Publishers. ISBN: 978-1-63321-102-5 (Softcover), ISBN: 978-1-63321-103-2 (ebook).

12. Hsu, C.F. (2013). Cross-modal Contextual Coherence of Semantic Integration in People with Williams Syndrome. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34(12), 4319–4327. (SSCI) (IF: 1.820, 5-Year IF: 2.344)

11. Hsu, C.F. (2013). Contextual Integration of Causal Coherence in People with Williams Syndrome.Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34(10), 33323342. (SSCI) (IF: 1.820, 5-Year IF: 2.344)

10. Hsu, C.F. (2013). Counterfactual Reasoning Embodied in Cognition Rather than Linguistic Forms: Evidence from a Developmental Study in Chinese: Evidence from a Developmental Study in Chinese. Journal of Chinese Linguistics, 41(2), 292–316. (SSCI) (IF: 0.21)

9. Hsu, C.F. (2013). Is the Contextual Effect Weak in People with Williams Syndrome? An Investigation of Information Integration Ability Using Pictures. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34(3), 932–939. (SSCI) (IF: 1.820, 5-Year IF: 2.344)

8. Hsu*, C.F. & Tzeng, Ovid J.L. (2011). Contextual Effect in People with Williams Syndrome. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 32(2), 781–787. (SSCI) (*Corresponding author) (IF: 1.820, 5-Year IF: 2.344)

7. Hsu, C.F. & Karmiloff-Smith*, A. (2008). Language and Williams Syndrome. Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, 28(1), 191–204. (SSCI) (*Corresponding author) (IF: 4.88) (*Corresponding author)

6. Hsu*, C.F., Karmiloff-Smith, A., Tzeng, O., Chin, R.T., & Wang, H.C. (2007). Semantic Knowledge in Williams Syndrome: Insights from Comparing Behavioural and Brain Processes in False Memory Tasks. Proceedings of the 6th IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning, 6, 48–52. (*Corresponding author)

5. Jing, C.Y., Crain*, S., & Hsu, C.F. (2005). The Interpretation of Focus in Chinese: Child vs. Adult Language. In Yukio Otsu (Ed.), Proceedings of the Sixth Tokyo Conference on Psycholinguistics, 6, 165–190. Tokyo: HituziSyobo Publishing Company. (*Corresponding author)

4. Szekely, A., Jacobsen, T., D'Amico, S., Devescovi, A., Andonova, E., Herron, D., Lu, C., Pechmann, T., Pléh, C., Wicha, N., Federmeier, K., Gerdjikova, I., Gutierrez, G., Hung, D., Hsu, J., Iyer, G., Kohnert, K., Mehotcheva, T., Orozco-Figueroa, A., Tzeng, A.,. Tzeng, O., Arévalo, A. L., Vargha, A., Butler, A. C., Buffington, R., & Bates*, E. (2004).A New On-line Resource for Psycholinguistic Studies. Journal of Memory and Language, 51, 247–250. (SSCI) (*Corresponding author)

3. Bates*, E., Andonova, E., D'Amico, S., Jacobsen, T., Kohnert, K., Lu, C.C., Szekely, A., Wicha, N., Federmeier, K., Herron, D., Iyer, G., Pechmann, T., Devescovi, A., Orozco-Figueroa, A., Gutierrez, G., Hung, D., Hsu, J., Tzeng, O., Gerdjikova, G., Mehotcheva, T., & Pleh, C. (2003). Timed Picture Naming in Seven Languages. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 10(2), 344–380. (SSCI) (*Corresponding author)

2. Lu, C.C., Bates*, E., Hung, D., Tzeng, O., Hsu, J., Tsai, C.H., & Roe, K. (2001). Syntactic Priming of Nouns and Verbs in Chinese. Language and Speech, 44(4), 437–471. (SCI) (*Corresponding author)

1. Hsu, C.F. (2005). From gene to cognition: Atypical language development. In O. Tzeng & D. Hung (eds.), Uncovering New Page of Cognitive Neurosciences: Perspectives from Neuroimaging. Applied Psychological Research, 28, 141–161.


Conference Presentations

32. Hsu*, C.F., Rao, S.Y., Lv, P., Zhang, Z.L., & Wang, W. (2021, July). Typical Developmental Trajectories of Syntactic Effects at Sublexical Level of Chinese Compounds. The 32nd International Congress of Psychology, Prague, Czech Republic. [2020.7.18-23] (*Corresponding author)

31. Hsu, C.F. (2019, Oct). From Gene to Cognition: How Atypical Developments Tell Us about Language? International Symposium of Human Origins and Language Origins, Hunan, China. [2019.10.18-20]

30. Hsu, C.F. (2019, Jun). Neuroimaging Causal Inferences andSemantic Priming in People with Williams Syndrome: An fMRI Study.The 15thAnnual Meeting of Chinese Psychological Society Developmental Psychology Section, Tianjin, China. [2019.6.14-15]

29. Hsu, C.F. (2018, Sep). Emotional Languagein People with Williams Syndrome. The British Psychological Society Developmental Section Annual Conference, Liverpool, UK.

28. Tsai, P.S., Hsu, C.F., Hung, T.W., & Huang, P.C. (2018, Jan). The Relation between Cognitive Functions and Processing of Ambiguous Words. Poster presented at The Annual Meeting of Taiwan Society of Cognitive Neuroscience, Taichung, Taiwan.

27. Hsu, C.F. (2017, Jun). Asymmetrical Processing on Nouns and Verbs in People with Williams Syndrome: Evidence from Lexical Ambiguity Resolution in Chinese.Paper presented at The 25thAnnual Conference of International Association of Chinese Linguistics, Budapest, Hungary.

26. Hsu, C.F. (2016, Nov). Lexical Ambiguity Resolution in People with Williams Syndrome: Evidence from Online Studies of Nouns and Verbs in Chinese. Paper presented at Rare Diseases and Orphan Drugs, Dubai, UAE.

25. Hsu, C.F. (2016, Nov). Distinct Processing of Semantic Priming and Associative Priming in People with Williams Syndrome. Paper presented at The 7th World Gene Convention, Shanghai, China.

24. Hsu, C.F. (2016, Jul). Cross-Syndrome Comparison of Contextual Effect in Down and Williams Syndromes.The 24thAnnual Conference of International Association of Chinese Linguistics, Beijing, China.

23. Hsu, C.F. (2016, May). Cross-modal Contextual Coherence of Semantic Integration in People with Williams Syndrome.The 15th International Symposium on Chinese Languages and Linguistics (IsCLL-15), Hsin-Chu, Taiwan.

22. Hsu, C.F. (2016, May). Do Distinct Genotypes Have Different Phenotypes For Causal Inferences? A Cross-Syndrome Comparison of Down and Williams Syndromes. The 21st Biennial Meeting of the International Society for Developmental Neuroscience: From Stem Cells to Behaviourin the Normal and Diseased Nervous System, Antibes, France.

21. Hsu, C.F. (2015, Aug). Contextual Integration of Causal Coherence in People with Williams Syndrome. The 23thAnnual Conference of International Association of Chinese Linguistics, Seoul, Korea.

20. Hsu, C.F. (2014, Nov). Cross-domain investigation of weak central coherence in people with Williams syndrome: Asymmetrical brain and behavioral performances in verbal and nonverbal domains. Paper presented at The 5th Annual World Gene Convention, Haikou, China.

19. Hsu, C.F. (2014, Apr). Modality Priming of Auditory Cues in Contextual Integration of People with Williams Syndrome: Implication to Cross-domain Influences on Sociability. Paper presented at the 3rd International Symposium on Education and Psychology, Nagoya, Japan.

18. Hsu, C.F. (2012, Dec). Weak Central Coherence in People with Williams Syndrome? Implications on Intervention of Culture and Education Style. Paper presented at Health and Illness in Culture International Conference. Taipei Medical University, Taipei, Taiwan.

17. Hsu, C.F. (2012, Oct). Picture-Learning on the Development of Information Integration in People with Williams Syndrome. Paper presented at The 13thInternational Conference of Early Intervention for Children with Developmental Delays. China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan.

16. Hsu, C.F. (2012, Aug). Is Discourse Required in Chinese Counterfactual Reasoning? Evidence from a Developmental Study in Chinese. Paper presented at the 20th Annual Conference of International Association of Chinese Linguistics. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China.

15. Hsu, C.F. (2011, Jun). Semantic Integration Ability of People with Williams Syndrome. Paper presented at the 19th Annual Meeting of International Association of Chinese Linguistics. Nankai University, Tian Jin, China.

14. Hsu, C.F., Chen, J.Y., & Tzeng, J.L. (2011, Apr). Deficient Central Coherence in People with Williams Syndrome: Evidence from an Event Related Potential Study of Face Processing. Paper presented at the 18th annual meeting of Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, USA.

13. Hsu*, C.F., & Tzeng, Ovid J.L. (2010, Nov). Contextual Effect in People with Williams Syndrome. Paper presented at the 49th Annual Meeting of Taiwan Psychology Association, National Chung Cheng University, Chia Yi, Taiwan. (*Corresponding author)

12. Hsu*, C.F., Cohen Kadosh, K., Van Herwegen, J., Annaz, D., & Karmiloff-Smith, A. (2010, Apr). Do People with Williams Syndrome Process Faces Holistically? Evidence from Event-Related Potentials Study. Paper presented at the 17th annual meeting of Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Toronto, Canada. (*Corresponding author)

11. Hsu*, C.F., Karmiloff-Smith, A., Tzeng, O., Chin, R.T., & Wang, H.C. (2007, Sept). Behavior-Brain Relationships in Semantics of People with Williams Syndrome. Paper presented at Taiwan Technology Conference, London, UK.  (*Corresponding author)

10. Hsu*, C.F., Karmiloff-Smith, A., Tzeng, O., Chin, R.T., & Wang, H.C. (2007, Jul). Semantic Knowledge in Williams Syndrome: Insights from Comparing Behavioral and Brain Processes in False Memory Tasks. Paper Presented at the 7th International Conference on Development and Learning, London, UK.  (*Corresponding author)

9. Hsu*, C.F., Karmiloff-Smith, A., Tzeng, O., Chin, R.T., & Wang, H.C. (2007, Mar). An ERP Study on Exploring Semantic Knowledge of Williams Syndrome: New Insights from False Memory Studies. Poster Presentation at the Annual Meeting of British Psychological Society, York, UK. (*Corresponding author)

8. Hsu*, C.F., Tzeng, J.L., & Hung, L. (2005, Oct). Memory Illusion in Chinese Williams Syndrome: Evidence from Proposition Integration in Mental Model. Paper presented at the 44th Annual Meeting of Taiwan Psychology Association, Chung Yuan University, Tao Yuan, Taiwan. (*Corresponding author)

7. Hsu, C.F.*, Tzeng, J.L., & Hung, L. (2005, Jun). The Linguistic Ability of Entailment Relation: Evidence from Proposition Integration on Chinese Children with Williams Syndrome. Paper presented at the 13th Annual Meeting of International Association for Chinese Linguistics, Leiden University, The Netherlands. (*Corresponding author)

6. Jing, C.Y., Crain*, S., & Hsu, C.F. (2005, Mar). The Interpretation of Focus in Chinese: Child vs. Adult Language. Paper presented at the 6th Annual Tokyo Conference on Psycholinguistics, Keio University, Japan. (*Corresponding author) 

5. Hsu*, C.F., Tzeng, O., & Hung, D. (2004, Mar). Chinese Counterfactual Conditionals. Paper presented at the 17th Annual CUNY Sentence Processing Conference, University of Maryland at College Park, Maryland, USA. (*Corresponding author)

4. Hsu*, C.F., Hung, L., & Tzeng, J.L. (2002, Aug). Interaction between Language and Spatial Cognition in Chinese Children with Williams Syndrome. Paper presented at the 11th Annual Conference of International Association of Chinese Linguistics, Aichi Prefectural University, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan. (*Corresponding author)

3. Bates*, E., Andonova, E., D’Amico, S., Jacobsen, T., Kohnert, K., Lu, C. C., Szekely, A., Wicha, N., Federmeier, K., Herron, D., Iyer, G., Pechmann, T., Devescovi, A., Orozco-Figueroa, A., Gutierrez, G., Hung, D., Hsu, J., Tzeng, O., Gerdjikova, G., Mehotcheva, T., &Pleh, C. (2000, Oct). Timed Picture Naming: A Cross-Linguistic Study. Paper presented at The Second International Mental Lexicon Conference, Montreal, Canada. (*Corresponding author)

2. Hsu*, C.F., Tzeng, O., Hung, D., & Tai, J. (1999, Jul). Yufajiaose dui zhongwencibianshiichen de yinxiang: Laizifuhedongciyufuhemingci de zhengju. Paper presented at the 8th Annual Meeting of International Association of Chinese Linguistics, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia. (*Corresponding author)

1. Hsu*, C.F., Tzeng, O., Hung, D., & Tai, J. (1998, Dec). Syntactic Effects at Sublexical level of Word Recognition in Chinese. Paper presented at the First International Workshop on Written Language Processing, New South Wales University, Sydney, Australia. (*Corresponding author)