Research Interest: stress, learning, and development; EEG-source imaging.
Tang earned her first B.S. Degree in Computer Science from Peking University and a second B.S. Degree in Experimental Psychology from Grinnell College. She received her PhD in psychology from Harvard University and did her postdoctoral work in the Computational Neurobiology Laboratory of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. Prior to joining HKU, Tang served as the Program Director for two programs of the National Science Foundation, US and concurrently a tenured associative professor at the University of New Mexico, where she founded and directed both an animal research lab as well as a human high-density EEG source imaging lab to support animal and human research.
Dr. Tang takes the approach of trans-disciplinary and multilevel analysis in her investigation of problems in cognitive neuroscience using a wide range of research techniques. She has worked on neural mechanisms underlying learning and memory and neuromodulation in human and non-human mammals and invertebrates. Her recent work deals with (a) enhancement of cognitive, social, emotional, and neural development in animal models and its translation to human development with focus on the role of early experience of stress; (b) development of high-density EEG based neural source imaging methods using recent signal processing tools with a focus on providing enabling tools for studying brain functions in children, elderly individuals, and patient populations in the real world context.