Our People

Alice H. D. Chan, Ph.D., Principal Investigator

alice@ntu.edu.sg | academic profile

Dr Chan joined Linguistics and Multilingual Studies in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences in 2010. Dr Chan received her PhD in Linguistics Department from the University of Hong Kong in 2006. She worked at the State Key Laboratory of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, University of Hong Kong as a postdoctoral fellow before she joined the Communication Neural Systems Research Group in Dept of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Northwestern University as a research associate in 2008. Dr Chan has published research articles in PNAS, NeuroImage, Neuropsychologia, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience among others.

Her research work mainly utilizes neuroimaging (fMRI) and behavioral measures to investigate how cultural experiences such as language and socialization may shape our brains and affect the way we see and hear the world. Her studies demonstrated that auditory perception pattern is different between members from the East Asian and Western cultures, which is in connection with previous findings on visual perception. She is interested in looking at the underlying cognitive and neuroanatomical mechanisms as well as genetic bases of these culturally sensitive perceptual patterns and behaviors. Her current work also focused on studying the neurophysiological representations of the Whorfian hypothesis.

Yvonne Lai, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow


The relationship between cognitive decline in ageing and changes in associated brain areas is attracting research interest. My research interests include understanding age-related cognitive decline and scaffolding mechanisms in ageing. My PhD project at Newcastle University investigated cognitive scaffolding with a battery of neuropsychological tests and fMRI in healthy older adults. My work at NTU will continue with this research line to observe possible scaffolding mechanisms in bilingual/multilingual users in old age.

Kastoori D/O Kalaivanan, Ph.D Candidate


Kastoori graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Linguistics and Multilingual Studies from NTU in 2013, and is a current Ph.D candidate. Her areas of interest lie within the fields of neurolinguistics and psycholinguistics. She is very interested in looking at the relationship between multilingualism and working memory performance and also how speaking more languages may contribute to active aging. Her other areas of interest include understanding more about child language acquisition and language disorders.

Lau Fun, Postdoctoral Fellow


Lau Fun received her PhD in Linguistics at Nanyang Technological University under the supervision of Prof Alice Chan in 2019. Her PhD thesis utilized EEG to study hemispheric lateralization effects across different orthographies to better understand the orthographic features that drive differences in hemispheric lateralization in the world's languages. She is passionate about language research in general and hopes to venture further into the field of reading and related topics.

Toh Hwee Bin Wendy, Project Officer


Wendy has been working on research projects focusing on Chinese language education, language and literacy assessment, and curriculum evaluation, from conceptualisation to publication, for the past twelve years. Her research interests include early childhood bilingualism, early language acquisition/learning and early literacy.

Toh Xin Ru, Project Officer


Xin Ru graduated in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Linguistics and Multilingual Studies with a minor in Psychology. For her Final Year Project, she examined the long-term effects of musical training on linguistic pitch processing. She is passionate about applied research on language and reading development, as well as advocacy for individuals with special needs. She hopes to develop evidence-based intervention practices that can better support children with language and communication disorders.

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