Brief Bios of Select Staff and Students

To learn more about SCIL’s faculty, please visit their websites which are listed on the previous page. To learn a little bit more about SCIL’s administrative personnel and students, please visit their websites if listed on the previous page or read their brief bios which are listed below.

Qing Xia, xiaqing@bnu.edu.cn, Associate Director, SCIL:  Qing Xia received his Doctor of Education degree from Teachers College, Columbia University. He now is in charge of product development and fund raising for SCIL. His current research interests concern the effects of intercultural communication on creativity, multiple intelligent assessments of children age 0 to 6, and the research and practice on the Nobo early childhood education approach. Many studies from SCIL are being conducting in the BNU Zhanlanlu Kindergarten (preschool.)

Yanqiong Li, lyqiong@bnu.edu.cn, Manager of SCIL:  Yanqiong Li received her Masters Degree from MACAU University of Science and Technology. She has worked in Beihang University and Peking University, where she was in charge of EDP training. Now she is the manager to Siegler Center of Innovative Learning and is in charge of commercialization of research findings and teacher training based on brain and cognitive science.

Yiyun Zhang, zyy19880523@163.com, Financial Assistant:  Yiyun Zhang received her Bachelors degree from Liaoning Normal University. She is now a graduate student of Prof. Xinlin Zhou in the National Key Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience and Learning at Beijing Normal University. Her current research interests involve mathematical cognition, mathematical education, and the assessment and promotion of mathematical ability. She is also the financial assistant at SCIL.

Hui Chen, wsnnlp@hotmail.com, Graduate student:  Hui Chen received her Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and Technology from Jilin University, and now is pursuing her Master’s degree in Developmental and Educational Psychology from SCIL, Beijing Normal University. Her current interests are in the relations between brain mechanisms and mathematical achievement in children.

Dazhi Cheng, dz2010far@gmail.com, Graduate student: Dazhi Cheng is a PhD candidate of Prof. Zhou at the National Key Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience and Learning at Beijing Normal University. He is interested in the cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying dyslexia and dyscalculia, and studies them by means of behavioral tests, EEG, and fMRI.

Jiaxin Cui, cuijiaxin@gmail.com, Postdoctoral fellow, Research in mathematics and language:  Jiaxin received a degree in Mathematics from Beijing Normal University in 2004 and finished her PhD in Systems Science at Beijing Normal University in 2009. After this, she worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. From 2012 to the present she has worked as a Research Fellow in the Cognitive Neuroscience Group of Prof. Zhou at the National Key Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience and Learning at Beijing Normal University. Since 2011, she also has been a member of the Chinese Computer Federation. Her previous research focused on using computational neuroscience methods to simulate phenomena found in neuroscience at the neuronal level. More recently, she has expanded her interest to psychology, in particular mathematical cognition and psycholinguistics.

Xiaoxi Li, lxx_psy@163.com, Graduate student: Xiaoxi Li is a graduate student at Beijing Normal University. Her current research interests are focused on the modifications of brain activation patterns related to learning different arithmetic operations and developmental dyscalculia.

Hang Liu, tiancai.asuka@gmail.com, Graduate student: Hang Liu got his bachelor’s degree from North China Electric Power University. Now he attends Beijing Normal University and is a postgraduate student of Prof. Xinlin Zhou in the National Key Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience. His current research interests are basic mathematical processing, and functional magnetic resonance imaging.

Ruizhe Liu, ruizhe87@andrew.cmu.edu, visiting scholar at CMU, research in mathematics learning: Ruizhe Liu obtained her Masters degree in Psychology from Beijing Normal University in 2012. Since then, she has worked with Dr. Siegler as an associate researcher at Carnegie Mellon University. She is interested in understanding human learning. Now she mainly focuses on mathematics learning in children, especially conceptual learning of fractions in elementary school students.

Jike Qin qin.jike@gmail.com, Graduate student: Jike Qin got her Bachelor degree of Psychology from South China Normal University, and now is a postgraduate student of Prof. Xinlin Zhou at the National Key Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience and Learning at Beijing Normal University. Her current research interests include the assessment and promotion of mathematical ability, especially for children.

Jing Tian, jtian@andrew.cmu.edu, Graduate student, CMU: Jing Tian graduated from Peking University with bachelor degrees in chemistry and in psychology. She is currently attending Carnegie Mellon University as a graduate student and studying with Dr. Siegler in addition to conducting research with SCIL. Her current research interests include mathematical learning and development of numerical cognition in young children.

Fang Wang, wfang558@foxmail.com, Graduate student: Fang Wang is studying in Beijing Normal University, and is in charge of the SCIL project examining the effects of playing linear number board games on low-income preschoolers’ mathematical understanding. Among her other current research interests are the development of mathematical reasoning, assessments of preschoolers’ mathematical knowledge, and intervention effects.

Xi Wang, wangxi237973889@gmail.com, Graduate student: Xi Wang received her BSc degree of Applied Psychology from Southwest University in 2012, and now is a graduate student majoring in Developmental and Educational Psychology under the supervision of Prof. Xinlin Zhou at the National Key Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience and Learning, School of Brain and Cognitive Science, Beijing Normal University. Her principal interests focus on symbolic and nonsymbolic numerical cognition, which she studies using fMRI, EEG, eye-movement, and behavioral methods. She applies the methods to the study of adults, children, and neurological patients.

Wei Wei, florawei820@126.com, Graduate student: Wei Wei is a PhD candidate at the National Key Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience and Learning, Beijing Normal University, supervised by Prof. Xinlin Zhou. She focuses on the development of children’s early numerical abilities and the behavioral manifestation and biological bases of gender differences in mathematics.

Xiaodan Yu, weisiliyxd@sina.com, Graduate student: Xiaodan Yu is a doctoral student at the National Key Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience and Learning, Beijing Normal University. Her current research interests focus on the cognitive and neural basis of numerical cognition. In particular, her research examines the role of parietal and prefrontal cortices in numerical and magnitude representations. To study these, she mainly relies on fMRI combined with behavioral methods.

Han Zhang, hanzhang@mail.bnu.edu.cn, Graduate student: Han Zhang received her Bachelors degree in Psychology from the Qufu Normal University, and now is focusing on mathematical cognition under Prof. Zhou’s supervision. Her current research interests are the neural correlates of language and number, neural domain specificity of numerical processing, and numerical related cognitive deficit of epileptics, which she studies by neuropsychological and MRI methods.

Jingyuan Zhang, Lyzjy1991@163.com, Graduate student: Jingyuan Zhang received his bachelor of Computer Science degree from Teachers’ Ocean University of China, and now majors in Developmental and Educational Psychology at SCIL. His current research interests are in Human Brain processes and artificial intelligence.