My Research

My supervisors

wheeldon-lindaDr. Linda Wheeldon

School of Psychology,

University of Birmingham, United Kingdom.

 

Dr Katrien SegaertDr. Katrien Segaert

School of Psychology,

University of Birmingham, United Kingdom.

 

wood-amandaDr. Amanda Wood

School of Psychology,

University of Birmingham, United Kingdom.

 


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Research projects

September, 2013-now: Acquisition of Chinese characters: learning across the life span

How do learners of Chinese as a second language acquire characters? Unlike alphabetic languages, the learning of Chinese Characters requires the integration of the form (orthography) the meaning (semantics) and the pronunciation (phonology) of the character as a whole. fMRI studies of character reading demonstrate that a different brain network is engaged compared to the reading of alphabetic scripts. In particular, bilateral occipital-temporal areas and middle frontal areas might be involved in the integration process. However it is not known at what stage during character learning this network forms. This research aims to investigate the early stages of Chinese character learning characters using behavioural and brain imaging methods. Here we present a behavioural study designed to investigate the integration of Chinese character information with meaning and sound in native readers of an alphabetic language. The connection among characters enables the categorisation of Chinese characters. Among those categories, the most significant ones are the connections in pronunciation (homophones) and form (characters shared the same radical). Grouping in general reduces the number of representation and the overall loads for learning. However, no research suggests that whether it leads to a better performance of learning. Thus, we hypothesise that the initial learning of Chinese characters may be affected by different grouping methods.  An experiment will be performed in order to test the effect of different information organisation to the initial learning of Chinese characters. This research will lead to a further understanding of the learning of the learning of Chinese characters and provide the basis for future brain imaging studies.

June, 2013-September, 2013:  Chen, L., Sun, W. Cognitive style and the perception of bistable visual apparent motion, Peking University, Beijing.

November, 2012-March, 2013: fMRI clues for the learning of Chinese characters: A tentative study of Chinese characters and brain, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.


Theses

Sun, W. (2013). 认知风格与双稳态视觉似动知觉 [Cognitive style and the perception of bistable visual apparent motion].  Unpublished bachelor’s thesis, Peking University, Beijing.

Sun, W. (2012). A Tentative study of E-C translation strategies on public signs in Hong Kong.  Unpublished bachelor’s thesis, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Beijing.


Previous studies in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Thesis

Sun, W. (2010). 长链ω-羟基十五酸的制备研究  [Study on the preparation of long-chain ω-hydroxypentadecanoic acid].  Unpublished bachelor’s thesis, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai.

Published article

Peng, Y., Sun, W., & Cheng, Y. (2009). 邻氯苄醇的制备[Synthesis of O-chlorobenzyl alcohol]. 精细化工中间体 [Fine Chemical lntermediates], 39(2), 32-34.

Research projects

November, 2009-July, 2010:  Synthesis of long-chain ω-hydroxypentadecanoic acid, School of Chemical Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai.

June, 2009-August, 2009 Synthesis of inorganic nano composites, Department of Chemistry, Fudan University, Shanghai.

April, 2009-December, 2009: Measurement of solubility of N-Hydroxysuccinimide, School of Chemical Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai.

November, 2008-January, 2009 Synthesis of β-(4-Methylthiazolyl-5)-alanine, School of Chemical Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai.

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