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Dr. Caicai Zhang is Associate Professor in the Research Centre for Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, and an affiliated member of the Speech Therapy Unit at the Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies in the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Her work broadly concentrates on how language is processed and represented in the human brain, and how it interacts with other cognitive domains such as music and memory. At a more specific level, her research focuses on: (1) the relationship of language, music and brain, investigated from the perspective of how congenital amusia (commonly known as tone deafness), an innate musical pitch disorder, affects speech processing from behavioral to neural levels; (2) how sleep contributes to the consolidation of speech sound categories in the brain of L2 learners; and (3) the neurocognitive mechanisms of learning and memory problems in children with developmental disorders of speech and language. She uses a broad range of tools including behavioral methods, electroencephalograph (EEG) and functional MRI (fMRI) to study these questions. She is currently an Associate Editor/Academic Editor for Scientific Reports, PLOS ONE, and Frontiers in Psychology.

Research interests

Neurolinguistics, psycholinguistics, learning and memroy, developmental disorders of language, phonetics, lexical tone, music

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Arts, Fudan University

Master of Philosophy in Humanities, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Doctor of Philosophy, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

External positions

Visiting Research Fellow, Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences


Visiting Associate Research Fellow, Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences



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