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Dr Hua-Chen Wang

BA National Chiao-Tung, MSc Potsdam, PhD Macq.

Hua-Chen Wang

Associate Investigator

Contact Details

Office : 3.819
Phone : +61 2 9850 2968
Fax : +61 2 9850 6059
email : huachen.wang@mq.edu.au

External Address

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

Profile

My research interest is in investigating how children learn to read, why children have difficulties learning to read, and the cognitive processes involved in reading development. I am originally from Taiwan. I did my masters in Clinical Linguistics, which is a joint degree with three universities: Potsdam University, Germany; Groningen University, The Netherlands, University of Milan-Bicocca, Italy (2008). After that I moved to Australia and completed my PhD with Professor Anne Castles and Professor Lyndsey Nickels (2012). I am currently working as a postdoctoral research fellow and an associate lecturer in the Department of Cognitive Science.

Awards

  • Macquarie University Faculty of Human Sciences Extra Mile Award (2014), Wang, H.-C. "For exemplary effort as teaching development coordinator by developing two new units including all digital iLearn information and adapting these for offering in OUA mode."

Recent Grants Awarded

  • ARC CCD Cross Program Support Scheme (2018) "When bilingualism meets biliteracy: the role of morphological knowledge in spoken language in learning to read." Wang, H.-C., Xu, N., Demuth, K., Hsieh, M., Forster, K., Li , L., & Castles, A. ($8,510)
  • ARC CCD Neural Markers Training Scheme (2017) "Investigating word recognition with Fast Periodic Visual Stimulation using Emotiv and Neuroscan EEG." de Wit, B., Woolgar, A., Schubert, T., Wang, H.-C., Badcock, N., He, W., & Kinoshita, S. ($3,230)
  • Macquarie University Faculty of Human Sciences Visiting Research Fellowship Scheme (2017) "Funding to support a visit by Associate Professor Charles Stone of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York." Wang, H.-C. ($4,822)
  • ARC CCD Cross Program Support Scheme (2015) "Using eye-tracking to measure the effects of language training on reading comprehension: A feasibility study." Castles, A., Nickels, L., Nation, K., Colenbrander, D., Zhou, P., de Lissa, P., & Wang, H.-C. ($38,000)

Media Engagement

Selected Publications

Periodicals

  • Fieder, N., Wang, H.-C., Biedermann, B., & Nickels, L. (In Press). Counting on number: Effects of number information on grammatical processing of mass and count nouns. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience. doi:10.1080/23273798.2017.1281428
  • Wang, H.-C., Savage, G., Gaskell, G., Tamara, P., Robidoux, S., & Castles, A. (2017). Bedding down new words: Sleep promotes the emergence of lexical competition in visual word recognition. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 24(4), 1186-1193. doi:10.3758/s13423-016-1182-7
  • Wang, H.-C., Wass, M., & Castles, A. (2017). Paired-associate learning ability accounts for unique variance in orthographic learning. Scientific Studies of Reading, 21(1), 5-16. doi:10.1080/10888438.2016.1231686
  • Wegener, S., Wang, H.-C., de Lissa, P., Robidoux, S., Nation, K., & Castles, A. (In Press). Children reading spoken words: interactions between vocabulary and orthographic expectancy. Developmental Science. doi:10.1111/desc.12577
  • Wang, H.-C., Nickels, L., & Castles, A. (2015). Orthographic learning in developmental surface and phonological dyslexia. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 32(2), 58-79. doi:10.1080/02643294.2014.1003536
  • Wang, H.-C., Marinus, E., Castles, A., & Nickels, L. (2014). Tracking orthographic learning in children with different profiles of reading difficulty. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8, 468. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2014.00468
  • Wang, H.-C., Nickels, L., Nation, K., & Castles, A. (2013). Predictors of orthographic learning of regular and irregular words. Scientific Studies of Reading, 17, 369-384. doi:10.1080/10888438.2012.749879
  • McArthur, G., Eve, P., Jones, K., Banales, E., Kohnen, S., Anandakumar, T., Larsen, L., Marinus, E., Wang, H.-C., & Castles, A. (2012). Phonics training for English-speaking poor readers. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 12, CD009115. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD009115.pub2
  • Wang, H.-C., Castles, A., & Nickels, L. (2012). Word regularity affects orthographic learning. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 65, 856-864.
  • Wang, H.-C., Castles, A., Nickels, L., & Nation, K. (2011). Context effects on orthographic learning of regular and irregular words. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 109, 39-57.

Published Conference Proceedings

  • Hsu, C.F., Karmiloff-Smith, A., Tzeng, O., Tai, C.R., & Wang, H.-C. (2007). Semantic knowledge in Williams Syndrome: New insights from comparing behavioural and brain processes in false memory tasks. In IEEE (Ed.), Proceedings of the 6th IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning (ICDL) (pp. 48-52). New York, USA: Curran Associates Inc.

Conference Presentations, Colloquia, and other presentations

  • Wang, H.-C. (2017, March). Bedding down new words: Sleep promotes the emergence of lexical competition in visual word recognition. Paper presented at the Language, Literacy and Learning Conference, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Perth.
  • Li, L., Wang, H.-C., Castles, A., & Marinus, E. (2016, August). How children learn to read in Chinese: Examining the role of phonological decoding in Chinese orthographic learning. Poster session presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Annual Workshop, The Fairmont Resort, Leura.
  • Wegener, S., Wang, H.-C., de Lissa, P., Robidoux, S., Nation, K., & Castles, A. (2016, August). Orthographic learning in children can commence before written words are seen: Evidence from eye movements. Poster session presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Annual Workshop, The Fairmont Resort, Leura.
  • Wegener, S., Wang, H.-C., de Lissa, P., Robidoux, S., Nation, K., & Castles, A. (2016, August). Orthographic learning in children can commence before written words are seen: Evidence from eye movements. Paper presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Annual Workshop, The Fairmont Resort, Leura.
  • Litt, R., Wang, H.-C., Castles, A., Sailah, J., & Badcock, N.A. (2016, July). Phonological output deficits in dyslexia are not the result of impaired acquisition: evidence from paired associate learning. Invited colloquium at the Royal Holloway, University of London, London, UK.
  • Wang, H.-C., de Lissa, P., Castles, A., & Sowman, P. (2016, July). Orthographic learning in the brain: An MEG study of novel wordlearning. Paper presented at the 23rd Annual Meeting Society for the Scientific Study of Reading (SSSR), University of Porto, Portugal.
  • Wegener, S., Wang, H.-C., de Lissa, P., Nation, K., & Castles, A. (2016, July). Do spoken words give rise to orthographic ‘skeletons’? Effects of vocabulary knowledge and spelling predictability on silent reading during the initial orthographic exposure. Paper presented at the 23rd Annual Meeting Society for the Scientific Study of Reading (SSSR), University of Porto, Portugal.
  • Castles, A., Wegener, S., Wang, H.-C., de Lissa, P., & Nation, K. (2016, April). Orthographic learning commences before written words are seen: Evidence from eye movements. Paper presented at the 43rd Annual Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), Melbourne.
  • Wang, H.C. (2016, March). Pathways to PhD. Presentation given at the CCD High School Work Experience Program, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Savage, G., Wang, H.-C., Paulin, T., & Castles, A. (2015, November). Bedding down lexical representations of written words: Sleep consolidates new learning. Poster session presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Annual Workshop, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Litt, R., Castles, A., Wang, H.-C., Sailah, J., & Badcock, N. (2015, July). Task demand matters: Re-interpreting paired associate learning deficits in dyslexia. Paper presented at the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading (SSSR), Hawaii, USA.
  • Marinus, E., Wang, H.-C., Kohnen, S., & McArthur, G. (2015, July). Syllables vs letters: Remediating reading fluency using a text highlighting interface. Paper presented at the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading (SSSR), Hawaii, USA.
  • Savage, G., Castles, A., & Wang, H.-C. (2015, July). Bedding down lexical representations of written words: Sleep consolidates new learning. Poster session presented at the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading (SSSR), Hawaii, USA.
  • Wang, H.-C., Wass, M., & Castles, A. (2015, July). Paired associate learning ability accounts for unique variance in orthographic learning. Paper presented at the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading (SSSR), Hawaii, USA.
  • Litt, R., Castles, A., Wang, H.-C., Sailah, J., & Badcock, N.A. (2015, April). Task demand matters: Re-interpreting paired associate learning deficits in dyslexia. Poster session presented at the Reading and Spelling: Development, Disorders and Remediation Conference, Macquarie University.
  • Wang, H.-C., Paulin, T., Savage, G., & Castles, A. (2015, April). Sleep facilitates novel written word learning. Paper presented at the 42nd Annual Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), Sydney.
  • Wang, H.-C., Wass, M., & Castles, A. (2015, April). Paired-associate learning ability predicted written word learning. Poster session presented at the Reading and Spelling: Development, Disorders and Remediation Conference, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Wang, H.-C., Marinus, E., Castles, A., & Nickels, L. (2014, July). Orthographic learning in children with different reading profiles. Paper presented at the 21st Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading (SSSR), Santa Fe, USA.
  • Wang, H.-C. (2014, May). Reading acquisition in the brain. Colloquium at the Department of Cognitive Science 3M Research Fiesta, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Wang, H.-C., Marinus, E., Castles, A., & Nickels, L. (2014, April). Tracking orthographic learning in children with different types of dyslexia. Paper presented at the 41st Annual Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), Brisbane.
  • Marinus, E., Kohnen, S., Wang, H.-C., & McArthur, G. (2014, March). Treating poor reading fluency: What is causing the effect of syllable training? Paper presented at the 9th British Dyslexia Association International Conference, Guildford, UK.
  • Wang, H.-C. (2013, November). How children learn to read? The role of vocabulary knowledge and phonological decoding in orthographic learning. Paper presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Annual Workshop, Sydney.
  • Wang, H.-C., Nickels, L., & Castles A. (2013, July). Dissecting the components of orthographic learning: Evidence from two cases with dyslexia. Paper presented at the 20th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading (SSSR), Hong Kong.
  • Marinus, E., Wang, H.-C., Kohnen, S., & McArthur, G. (2013, March). Treating poor reading fluency: The effect of syllable training. The first results. Presentation given at the Making up Lost Time in Literacy (MuLTiLit) Seminar Series, Sydney.
  • Wang, H-C., Nickels, L., & Castles, A. (2012, August). How children learn to read? Dissecting the process of orthographic learning. Invited presentation given at the Groningen University, Groningen, The Netherlands.
  • Wang, H-C., Nickels, L., Nation, K., & Castles, A. (2012, August). Predictors of orthographic learning of regular and irregular words. Paper presented at the 6th European Graduate School on Literacy Acquisition, Egmond aan Zee, The Netherlands.
  • Wang, H.-C., Castles, A., & Nickels, L. (2011, July). Orthographic learning of regular and irregular words in skilled and less-skilled readers Paper presented at the 18th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading (SSSR), St. Pete Beach, USA.
  • Wang, H.-C., Castles, A., & Nickels, L. (2011, April). The effect of word regularity and pre-existing reading skills on orthographic learning of regular and irregular words. Paper presented at the 38th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Wang, H.-C., Castles A., & Nickels, L. (2010, July). Context effects on orthographic learning of regular and irregular words. Poster session presented at the Society of Scientific Study in Reading (SSSR), Berlin, Germany.
  • Wang, H.-C., Castles A. & Nickels, L. (2010, April). Stories or Spelling Lists? The effect of context on orthographic learning of regular and irregular words. Poster session presented at the Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Wang, H.-C., Castles A. & Nickels, L. (2009, December). Stories or Lists? The effect of context on orthographic learning of regular and irregular words. Poster session presented at the Australian Language and Speech Conference, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.
  • Wang, H.-C. (2009, April). Processing Locative Constructions in Mandarin by Children and Adults: Paradoxical results from RT and eye-movements. Poster session presented at the Experimental Psychology Conference, Wollongong, Australia.
  • Wang, H.-C. (2008, April). On-line Processing of Mandarin Locative Constructions: Evidence from Eye-movements. Paper presented at the Student Workshop on East Asian Linguistics (SWEAL), Hsin-Chu, Taiwan.
  • Hsu, C.-F., Karmiloff-Smith, A., Tzeng, O., Tai, C.-R., & Wang, H.-C. (2007, July). Semantic Knowledge in Williams Syndrome: New Insights from Comparing Behavioural and Brain Processes in False Memory Tasks. Paper presented at the International Conference on Learning and Development, London, UK.
  • Hsu, C.-F., Karmiloff-Smith, A., Tzeng, O., Tai, C.-R., & Wang, H.-C. (2007, May). Exploring Semantic Knowledge of Chinese Individuals with Williams Syndrome: New Insights from False Memory Tasks. Poster session presented at the Annual Meeting of Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS), New York, USA.

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