Dr. TSANG, Yiu Kei

BSSc The Chinese University of Hong Kong
PhD The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Associate Professor, Department of Education Studies

Academic & Professional Experience

2018 – Present Associate Professor, Department of Education Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University
2012 – 2018 Assistant Professor, Department of Education Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University
2009 – 2012 Instructor I, Department of Psychology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Research Interests

  • Chinese Language Processing;
  • Language Education;
  • Morphology;
  • Cognition and Emotion;
  • Decision Making

Research Grants


Sources General Research Fund, Research Grants Council
Name of the Project Holistic vs decompositional storage of Chinese words: An electrophysiological study
Duration Jan 2018 to Dec 2019
Total grant sought HK$ 586,000.00
Team members Tsang Yiu Kei as PI


Sources 3-way Partnership Research Grant, Faculty’s Research Incentives Scheme
Name of the Project Chinese two-character word behavior database
Duration Sept 2015 to Aug 2016
Total grant sought HK$ 199,720.00
Team members Tsang Yiu Kei as PI; with Chen H.-C., Wang S.-P., Huang, J., & Chan Y.-W. as CI


Sources General Research Fund, Research Grants Council
Name of the Project Tonal processing in the brain: A Cantonese study
Duration 2012 to Dec 2013
Total grant sought HK$ 543,269.00
Team members Tsang Yiu Kei as CI; with Chen H.-C. as PI

Consultancy/Professional/Community Services

Ad hoc reviewers for the following journals:

  • Bilingualism: Language and Cognition;
  • Cognition and Emotion;
  • Developmental Psychology;
  • Frontiers in Human Neuroscience;
  • Frontiers in Psychology;
  • Journal of Research in Reading;
  • Language, Cognition, and Neuroscience;
  • PsyCh Journal;
  • Psychological Reports;
  • Reading and Writing

Selected Publications

  • Wu, Y., Duan, R., Zhou, S., & Tsang, Y.-K. (in press). Processing ambiguous morphemes in Chinese compound word recognition: Behavioral and ERP evidence. Neuroscience
  • Zou, Y., Lui, M., & Tsang, Y.-K. (in press). The roles of lexical tone and rime during Mandarin sentence comprehension: An event-related potential study. Neuropsychologia.
  • Huang, J., Tsang, Y.-K. Xiao, W., & Wang, S. (in press). Morphosemantic activation of opaque Chinese words in sentence comprehension. PLOS ONE.
  • Zou, Y., Tsang, Y. K., & Wu, Y. (2019). Semantic radical activation in Chinese phonogram recognition: Evidence from event-related potential recording. Neuroscience, 417, 24-34.
  • Gao, F., & Tsang, Y. K. (2019). Parental involvement and participation in university among ethnic Koreans in China. In J. Gube & F. Gao (Eds.), Education, Ethnicity and Inequality in Multilingual Asian Context (pp. 215-233). Singapore: Springer.
  • Lui, M., So, W. C., & Tsang, Y. K. (2018). Neural evidence for reduced automaticity in processing emotional prosody among men with high levels of autistic traits. Physiology & Behavior196, 47-58.
  • Tsang, Y.-K., Huang, J., Lui, M., Xue, M., Chan, Y.-W. F., Wang, S., & Chen, H.-C. (2018). MELD-SCH. A megastudy of lexical decision in simplified Chinese. Behavior Research Methods, 50, 1763-1777.
  • Tsang, Y.-K., Wu, Y., Ng, H. T. Y., & Chen, H.-C. (2017). Semantic activation of phonetic radicals in Chinese. Language, Cognition, and Neuroscience, 32, 618-636.
  • Wu, Y., Tsang, Y.-K., Wong, A. W.-K., & Chen, H.-C. (2017). The processing of homographic morphemes in Chinese: An ERP study. Language, Cognition, and Neuroscience, 32, 102-116.
  • Jia, S., Tsang, Y.-K., Huang, J., & Chen, H.-C. (2015). Processing Cantonese lexical tones: Evidence from oddball paradigms. Neuroscience, 305, 351-360.
  • Tsang, Y.-K., & Chen, H.-C. (2014). Activation of morphemic meanings in processing opaque words. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 21, 1281-1286.
  • Tsang, Y.-K., Wong, A. W.-K., Huang, J. & Chen, H.-C. (2014). Morpho-orthographic and morpho-semantic processing in word recognition and production: Evidence from ambiguous morphemes. Language, Cognition, and Neuroscience, 29, 543-560.
  • Jia, S., Tsang, Y.-K., Huang, J., & Chen, H.-C. (2013). Right hemisphere advantage in processing Cantonese level and contour tones: Evidence from dichotic listening. Neuroscience Letters, 556, 135-139.
  • Tsang, Y.-K., & Chen, H.-C. (2013). Morpho-semantic processing in word recognition: Evidence from balanced and biased ambiguous morphemes. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, 39, 1990-2001.
  • Tsang, Y.-K., & Chen, H.-C. (2013). Early morphological processing is sensitive to morphemic meanings: Evidence from processing ambiguous morphemes. Journal of Memory and Language, 68, 223-239.
  • Tsang, Y.-K., & Chen, H.-C. (2012). Eye movement control in reading: Logographic Chinese versus alphabetic scripts. PsyCh Journal, 1, 128-142.
  • Wu, Y., Mo, D., Tsang, Y.-K., & Chen, H.-C. (2012). ERPs reveal sub-lexical processing in Chinese character recognition. Neuroscience Letters, 514, 164-168.
  • Tsang, Y.-K., Jia, S., Huang, J., & Chen, H.-C. (2011). ERP correlates of pre-attentive processing of Cantonese lexical tones: The effects of pitch contour and pitch height. Neuroscience Letters, 487, 268-272.
  • Tsang, Y.-K., & Chen, H.-C. (2010). Morphemic ambiguity resolution in Chinese: Activation of the subordinate meaning with a prior dominant-biased context. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 17, 875-881.
  • Tsang, Y.-K., & Chen, H.-C. (2009). Do position-general radicals have a role to play in processing Chinese characters? Language and Cognitive Processes, 24, 947-966.
  • Tsang, Y.-K., & Chen, H.-C. (2008). Eye movements in reading Chinese. In K. Rayner, D. Shen, X., Bai, & G. Yan (Eds). Cognitive and cultural influences on eye movements, pp. 235-254. Tianjin People’s Press.