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Prof. Ping Li is Sin Wai Kin Professor in Humanities and Technology, Chair Professor of Neurolinguistics and Bilingual Studies, and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Prior to joining PolyU he was Professor of Psychology, Linguistics, and Information Sciences, and Associate Director of the Institute for CyberScience at the Pennsylvania State University. He previously served as President of the Society for Computation and Psychology, and Program Director of Cognitive Neuroscience and of Perception, Action and Cognition at the U.S. National Science Foundation. Li’s research is focused on investigating the neurocognitive and computational bases of language acquisition, bilingualism, and reading comprehension in both children and adults. He uses digital technologies and cognitive neuroscience methods to study neuroplasticity and individual differences in learning and to understand the relationships among languages, cultures, technology, and the brain. Li is currently Editor-in-Chief of Brain and Language and Senior Editor of Cognitive Science. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advance of Science (AAAS). 

Research interests

Bilingualism, Reading comprehension, Brain basis of language learning, Cyber-enabled technology and cognitive computing

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
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Leiden University

Bachelor of Arts, Peking University

Master of Arts, Peking University

External positions

Fellow, AAAS, American Association for the Advancement of Science

Nov 2021 → …

Senior Editor for Journal of Cognitive Science, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.


Fellow, HKAH, The Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities

May 2020 → …

Editor-in-Chief, Brain and Language


Advisory Board member , Learning Research & Development Center (LRDC), University of Pittsburgh

2018 → …

Fellow, Psychonomic Society

2016 → …

Book Series Editor, Chinese Language Learning Sciences, Springer

2015 → …

Member, Society for Computers in Psychology (SCiP)

Member, Society for Neurobiology of Language


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