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Dr Weiyi Ma

BA CWNU, MA Sichuan, MA UDEL, MA UDEL, PhD UDEL.

Weiyi Ma

Associate Investigator

Contact Details

Office : 3.523
Phone : +61 2 9850 2993
Fax : +61 2 9850 6059
email : weiyi.ma@mq.edu.au

External Address

Department of Cognitive Science
Australia Hearing Hub
16 University Avenue
Macquarie University NSW 2109

Profile

My research focuses on language acquisition in 6-month to 6-year-olds but I am also interested in bilingualism and atypical language development in children with autism and hearing loss.

Recent External Appointments

  • Editorial Board, Nature: Scientific Reports. (2015 continuing)
  • Reviewer, Journal of Child Language. (2014 continuing)
  • Reviewer, Journal of Applied Psycholinguistics. (2014 continuing)
  • Reviewer, Behavior Research Methods. (2013 continuing)
  • Consultant, International General Education Curriculum Program, Chinese Ministry of Education. (2012 continuing)
  • Reviewer, Biological Psychology. (2011 continuing)
  • Reviewer, Child Development. (2010 continuing)

External Memberships

  • Association for Psychological Science
  • Society for Research in Child Development
  • Eastern Psychological Association

Awards

  • University of Delaware's Frank B. Murray Award of Excellence in Graduate Research (2009), Ma, W.
  • University of Delaware Professional Development Award (2009), Ma, W.
  • University of Delaware Professional Development Award (2008), Ma, W.
  • University of Delaware Scholastic Excellence Award (2004), Ma, W.

Recent Grants Awarded

  • Macquarie University Strategic Infrastructure Scheme Grant (2016) "Future proofing Macquarie’s Speech Perception Laboratory." Benders, T., Demuth, K., Cox, F., Sharma, M., Tsukuda, K., Proctor, M., Szakay, A., Yuen, I., Xu, N., Schmidt, E., Koring, L., Ma, W., & Kung, C. ($136,000)
  • Chinese Ministry of Education Research Initiation Funding for Scholars Returning From Overseas [LXHG2012446] (2011 - 2014) "Infants’ acquisition of lexical tones." (RMB ¥20,000) Ma, W. ($3,431)
  • Chinese Ministry of Education Social Science Funding [11YJC880079] (2011 - 2014) "Language acquisition: Early detection and intervention of language developmental difficulties." (RMB ¥80,000) Ma, W., Hu, J., Gao, S., & Su, Y. ($13,725)
  • Chinese Ministry of Education National Key Projects [GPA115005]. (2011 - 2014) "The psychological basis of acquisition of English writing." (RMB ¥20,000) Ma, W., Hu, J., Xing, Q., Wang, Q., & Zhang, W. ($3,429)
  • Sichuan Provincial Applied Psychological Research Funding [CXSL-01002014] (2011 - 2013) "Verb acquisition and its application in early detection of language development problems." (RMB ¥3,000) Ma, W., Zhang, W., Hu, J., Gao, S., & Su, Y. ($514)
  • National University Basic Research Funding [ZYGX2010J143] (2010 - 2013) "An ERP and fMRI examination of linguistic and music processing." (RMB ¥20,000) Gao, S., Zhang, W., Ma, W., Hu, J., & Su, Y. ($3,431)
  • University of Electronic Science and Technology of China Research Initiation Funding (2010 - 2013) "Developmental cognitive science research in language acquisition." (RMB ¥60,000) Ma, W. ($10,293)
  • National University Basic Research Funding [ZYGX2010J137] (2010 - 2013) "Infants’ understanding of lexical tones." (RMB ¥20,000) Ma, W., Zhang, W., Hu, J., Su, Y., Gao, S., & Yuan, Y. ($3,431)

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

  • Parish-Morris, J., Pruden, S., Ma, W., Hirsh-Pasek, K., & Golinkoff, R.M. (2010). A world of relations: Relational words. In B. Malt & P. Wolf (Eds.), Words and the world: How words capture the human experience (pp. 219-242). New York: Oxford University Press.

Periodicals

  • Ma, W., Zhou, P., Crain, S., & Gao, L.-Q. (2017). Lexical tones and word learning in Mandarin-speaking children at three years of age. Journal of Electronic Science and Technology, 15(1), 25-32.
  • Ma, W., Zhou, P., Singh, L., & Gao, L. (2017). Spoken word recognition in young tone language learners: Age-dependent effects of segmental and suprasegmental variation. Cognition, 159, 139-155. doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2016.11.011
  • Zhou, P., & Ma, W. (In Press). Children's use of morphological cues in real-time event representation. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research. doi:10.1007/s10936-017-9530-y
  • Gong, D., He, H., Liu, D., Ma, W., Dong, L., Luo, C., & Yao, D. (2015). Enhanced functional connectivity and increased gray matter volume of insula related to action video game playing. Scientific Reports, 5, 9763. doi:10.1038/srep09763
  • Gong, D., He, H., Ma, W., Liu, D., Huang, M., Dong, L., Gong, J., Li, J., Luo, C., & Yao, D. (2015). Functional integration between salience and central executive networks: A role for action video game experience. Neural Plasticity, 501, 675046.
  • Ma, W., & Thompson, W.F. (2015). Human emotions track changes in the acoustic environment. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 112(47), 14563-14568. doi:10.1073/pnas.1515087112
  • Yang, H., Ma, W., Gong, D., & Yao, D. (2014). A longitudinal study on children's music training experience and academic development. Scientific Reports, 4, 5854. doi:10.1038/srep05854
  • Yao, D., Wu , D., Lai, Y., Gong, D., Luo, C., Lu, J., Ma, W., Yang, H., & Xu, P. (2014). Neural substrates of music investigated by EEG and fMRI. Chinese Journal of Biomedical Engineering, 33, 673-676.
  • Golinkoff, R.M., Ma, W., Song, L., & Hirsh-Pasek, K. (2013). Twenty-five years using the Intermodal Preferential Looking Paradigm to study language acquisition: What have we learned? Perspectives on Psychological Science, 8(3), 316-339. doi:10.1177/1745691613484936
  • Gong, D., Ma, W., Kendrick, K., Hu, Q., & Yao, D. (2013). How cognitive plasticity resolves the brain's information processing dilemma. Scientific Reports, 3, 2860. doi:10.1038/srep02860
  • Ma, W., Lai, Y., Zheng, X., Yang, H., & Yao, D. (2013). Electroencephalogram γ-band activity during the perception of music key levels. NeuroReport, 24, 186-189. doi:10.1097/WNR.0b013e32835e343b
  • Tian, Y., Ma, W., & Yao, D. (2013). Brain oscillations and EEG scalp networks of listening to music with different tempi. Neuroscience Bulletin, 29 (6), 731–736. doi:10.1007/s12264-013-1352-9
  • Gong, D., Ma, W., Hu, J., Hu, Q., Lai, Y., & Yao, D. (2012). The flexibility of partial information transmission in the auditory channel: The role of perceptual discriminability. Psychophysiology, 49(10), 1394-1400. doi:10.1111/j.1469-8986.2012.01452.x
  • Hu, J., Gao, S., Ma, W., & Yao, D. (2012). Dissociation of tone and vowel processing in Mandarin idioms. Psychophysiology, 49(9), 1179-1190. doi:10.1111/j.1469-8986.2012.01406.x
  • Ma, W., Lai, Y., Yuan, Y., Wu , D., & Yao, D. (2012). Electroencephalogram variations in alpha band during tempo-specific perception. NeuroReport, 23(3), 125-128. doi:10.1097/WNR.0b013e32834e7eac
  • Hu, J., Zhang, W., Zhao, C., Ma, W., Lai, Y., & Yao, D. (2011). Non-native homonym processing: An ERP measurement. International Journal of Bioelectromagnetism, 13(4), 207-211.
  • Ma, W., Golinkoff, R.M., Houston, D., & Hirsh-Pasek, K. (2011). Word learning in infant-and adult-directed speech. Language Learning and Development, 7, 209-225. doi:10.1080/15475441.2011.579839
  • Ma, W. (2010). How does meaning specificity affect verb learning and extension? Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 17(1-2), 124-126. doi:10.1080/10489220903495367
  • Ma, W., Golinkoff, R.M., Hirsh-Pasek, K., McDonough, C., & Tardif, T. (2009). Imageability predicts the age of acquisition of verbs in Chinese. Journal of Child Language, 36(2), 405-423. doi:10.1017/S0305000908009008
  • Seston, R., Golinkoff, R.M., Ma, W., & Hirsh-Pasek, K. (2009). Vacuuming with my mouth?: Children’s ability to comprehend novel extensions of familiar verbs. Cognitive Development, 24(2), 113–124. doi:10.1016/j.cogdev.2008.12.001
  • Wong, W., Golinkoff, R.M., Ma, W., Song, L., & Strober, D.E. (2008). Review of D. Elkind (Ed.), The power of play: How spontaneous, imaginative activities lead to happier, healthier children. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 47, 1099-1100.
  • Brandone, A., Golinkoff, R.M., Ma, W., Salkind, S.J., & Zosh, J. (2005). Review of J. M. Mandler (Ed.), The foundations of mind. Journal of Child Language, 32, 702-708.

Published Conference Proceedings

  • Hu, J., Ma, W., Gong, D., Gao, S., & Yao, D. (2011). Dissociation of tone and segment processing of Mandarin Chinese contrasts. In K. Mattock, D. Burnham & P. Mok (Eds.), Proceedings of Psycholinguistic Representation of Tone Conference 2011 (pp. 5-8). Hong Kong: LSHK.
  • Ma, W., Lai, Y., Zheng, X., Yang, H., Hu, J., & Yao, D. (2011). EEG evidence for directional asymmetry in Chinese nonmusicians' musical pitch perception. In K. Mattock, D. Burnham & P. Mok (Ed.), Proceedings of Psycholinguistic Representation of Tone Conference 2011 (pp. 92-95). Hong Kong: LSHK.
  • Song, L., Nazzi, T., Moukawane, S., Golinkoff, R.M., Stahl, A., Ma, W., & Hirsh-Pasek, K. (2010). Sleepy vs. sleeping: Preschoolers’ sensitivity to morphological cues for adjectives and verbs in English and French. In K. Franich, K.M. Iserman & L. Keil (Eds.), Proceedings of the 34th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (pp. 409-420). Somerville: Cascadilla Press.
  • Ma, W., & Wong, W. (2009). Does meaning specificity facilitate verb learning and extension? In J. Chandlee, M. Franchini, S. Lord & G. Rheiner (Eds.), Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (pp. 325-332). Somerville: Sascadilla Press.

Conference Presentations, Colloquia, and other presentations

  • Gao, L., Ma, W., & Zhou, P. (2016, November). A reduced sensitivity to tones in young learners' word recognition. Poster session presented at the 41st Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD41), Boston, USA.
  • Ma, W., & Golinkoff, R. (2016, November). Syntactic bootstrapping for form class distinctions in Mandarin child-directed speech. Poster session presented at the 41st Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD41), Boston, USA.
  • Ma, W., Fiveash, A., & Thompson, W.F. (2016, August). The divergence of speech and music. Poster session presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Annual Workshop, The Fairmont Resort, Leura.
  • Thompson, W.F., Fiveash, A., & Ma, W. (2016, July). Evaluating the musical protolanguage hypothesis using a serial reproduction task. Paper presented at the 14th International Conference of Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC14), San Francisco, USA.
  • Ma, W., Zhou, P., Crain, S., & Gao, L. (2015, November). Vowel and tone processing in young tonal learners: A functional reorganization of tones. Poster session presented at the 40th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD40), Boston, USA.
  • Ma, W., Zhou, P., Crain. S., & Gao, L. (2015, November). Vowel and tone processing in young tonal learners – A functional reorganization of tones. Paper presented at the Boston University Conference on Language Development, Boston, US.
  • Zhou, P., Ma, W., Crain, S., & Zhan, L. (2015, November). Three-year-olds make rapid use of morphosyntactic cues in sentence comprehension. Poster session presented at the 40th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD40), Boston, USA.
  • Zhou, P., Ma, W., Crain. S., & Zhan, L. (2015, November). Three-year-olds make rapid use of morphosyntactic cues in sentence comprehension. Paper presented at the Boston University Conference on Language Development, Boston, US.
  • Ma, W. (2015, September). Vowel and tone processing in Mandarin-learning children. Paper presented at the Workshop on Infant Speech Perception (WISP): Phonological and Lexical Development, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Ma, W., Zhou, P., Gao, L., & Crain., S. (2015, June). Influences of vowel and tone change on young Mandarin-speakers’ learning of novel words. Paper presented at the 11th Biennial Meeting for the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (SARMAC XI), Victoria, Canada.
  • Ma, W., Zhou, P., Gao, L., & Crain, S. (2015, April). Tone and vowel processing in young tonal learners. Paper presented at the 42nd Annual Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), Sydney.
  • Ma, W., Zhou, P., Gao, L., & Crain, S. (2015, March). Is that the tone I heard? Mandarin-speaking three-year-olds’ representation of lexical tones in novel words. Poster session presented at the 2015 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, USA.
  • Ma, W., Zhou, P., Gao, L., & Crain, S. (2015, March). Mandarin-speaking three-year-olds’ representation of lexical tones in familiar words. Poster session presented at the 2015 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, USA.
  • Zhou, P., Ma, W., Gao, L., & Crain, S. (2015, March). Tone and segmental processing in Mandarin-speaking three-year-olds. Poster session presented at the 2015 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, USA.
  • Zhou, P., Ma, W., Gao, L., & Crain, S. (2015, March). Influences of vowel and tone change on three-year-old Mandarin-speakers’ learning of novel words. Poster session presented at the 2015 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, USA.
  • Thompson, W.F. & Ma, W. (2014, October). Human emotions track acoustic changes in environmental sounds. Paper presented at the 4th International Conference on Music & Emotion, Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Ma, W. (2014, May). The development of language. Colloquium at the Department of Cognitive Science 3M Research Fiesta, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Li, S., Ma, W., Mei, D., & Cheng, X. (2013, April). Linguistic cues to form classes in Chinese infant-directed speech. Paper presented at the Biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, USA.
  • Ma, W., Yang, H., Mei, D., Li, S., & Cheng, X. (2013, April). The influence of music training on Chinese children’s school performance and IQ. Paper presented at the Biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, USA.
  • Mei, D., Ma, W., Li, S., Cheng, X., & Li, Y. (2013, April). How does the educational claim on toy packaging influence parents' purchasing decision? Paper presented at the Biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, USA.
  • Ma, W., Lai, Y., Zheng, X., Yang, H., & Yao, D. (2012, June). Listen to the rhythm of your brain: Electroencephalogram gamma band activity during key shift perception. Paper presented at the 18th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Beijing, China.
  • Tian, Y., Lai, Y., Xu, P., Ma, W., & Yao, D. (2012, June). EEG mapping of the brain listening to music with different tempo: Evidence from zero reference EEG. Paper presented at the 18th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Beijing, China.
  • Ma, W., Golinkoff, R. M., Hirsh-Pasek, K., Song, L., & Wong, W. (2011, November). Early acquired does not early extended: Typicality affects Chinese children’s verb extension. Paper presented at the 2nd Chinese Language Education Forum, San Fransisco, USA.
  • Hu, J., Ma, W., Gong, D., Gao, S., & Yao, D. (2011, August). Dissociation of tone and segment processing of Mandarin Chinese contrasts. Paper presented at the Psycholinguistic Representation of Tone Conference (PLRT), Hong Kong.
  • Ma, W., Lai, Y., Zheng, X., Yang, H., Hu, J., & Yao, D. (2011, August). EEG evidence for directional asymmetry in Chinese nonmusicians' musical pitch perception. Paper presented at the Psycholinguistic Representation of Tone Conference (PLRT), Hong Kong.
  • Hu, J., Zhang, W., Zhao C., Ma, W., Lai, Y., & Yao, D. (2011, May). Non-native homonym processing: An ERP measurement. Paper presented at the 8th International Symposium on Noninvasive Functional Source Imaging of the Brain & Heart / the 8th International Conference on Bioelectromagnetism, Banff, Canada.
  • Lai, Y., Ma, W., Duan, S., & Yao, D. (2011, May). Involuntary processing of timbre: A mismatch negativity study. Paper presented at the 8th International Symposium on Noninvasive Functional Source Imaging of the Brain & Heart/The 8th International Conference on Bioelectromagnetism, Banff, Canada.

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