Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Assoc Prof Chan Hiu Dan Alice

Associate Professor, School of Humanities
Head, Linguistics & Multilingual Studies, School of Humanities (SoH)

Assoc Prof Chan Hiu Dan Alice

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, among others.
Research Interests
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 the auditory perception pattern is different between members from 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 the genetic bases of these culturally sensitive perceptual patterns and behaviors. Her current work also looks at possible neurophysiological realizations that would support the Whorfian hypothesis, with a specific interest in Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese, as well as bilingual and multilingual communities.
Current Projects
  • Language Learning in Older Adults and Its Effects on Cognitive Reserve
  • Music Perception by Multilinguals: Exploring The Effects of Tone Language Experience on Musical Competence
  • Musical and Lexical Tone Deafness
  • Neurocognitive Components of Auditory Perception in Older Adults
  • New Sounds To Better Brain Health: The Effects Of Language Learning on Aging
  • New Sounds to Better Brain Health: The Effects of Language Learning on Aging
  • Predicting Reading (Dis)Ability: Advancing Early Intervention
  • The Precursors of Reading Success: A Cross-Linguistic Study
  • What makes a successful word learner? An individual differences approach.
Selected Publications
  • Ong, J.H., & Chan, A.H.D. (2019). Statistical learning among young and older adults: Similar yet different?. International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS).
  • Ong, J. H., Tan, S. H., Chan, A. H. D., & Wong, F. C. K.(2019). The effect of musical experience and congenital amusia on lexical tone perception, production, and learning: A review. Speech learning, perception, and production: Multidisciplinary approaches in Chinese language researchThe Springer series on Chinese Language Learning Sciences.
  • Lau, F., Wong, F.C.K., Luke, K.K., and Chan, A.H.D. (2019). Cognitive Correlates of N1 Print Tuning Effects. Organization for Human Brain Mapping Conference.
  • Burns, E.J., Murray, E., Bennetts, R., Bate, S., Chan, A.H.D., & Xu, H. (2018). Neural origins of cuteness perception and caregiving motivation: evidence from developmental and acquired prosopagnosia. Journal of Vision, 18(10), 920.
  • Burns E.J., Tree J., Chan A.H.D., and Xu H. (2018). Bilingualism shapes the other race effect. Vision Research, S0042-6989(30145-7), doi: 10.1016/j.visres.2018.07.004.

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