News

Prof Tang is invited to attend ‘CCF Future Computer Education Summit 2018’ in Nanjing, China.

Dr. Eric Tsang joins NfE Lab!

Dr. Eric Tsang joined the NfE Lab in July. Welcome our new team member!

Prof Tang is invited to give a 3-day summer course on ‘The Science of Learning’ at Peking University.

Upcoming Event: Understanding Eye Movement Patterns in Face Recognition Using Hidden Markov Models Talk

If you are interested in this talk, please register here.

Upcoming Event: Neuroscience and Education Forum hosted by Association of Metropolitan Institutes for Education Research (大城市教科院发展联盟)

Prof. Akaysha Tang will be a keynote speaker at the Neuroscience and Education Forum hosted by Association of Metropolitan Institutes for Education Research on July 6 – 8, 2018, Qing Dao, China.

China Computer Federation (CCF) IT Women Elites Conference

Prof. Akaysha Tang was a keynote speaker at the China Computer Federation (CCF) IT Women Elites Conference on April 20 – 22, 2018 in Suzhou, China.

Visit here for the report for this conference.

Visit to High-Level Tibetan Buddhism College of China

Prof. Akaysha Tang together with Ven. Sik, Hin Hung, the director of the Centre of Buddhist Studies, the University of Hong Kong and his team visited High-level Tibetan Buddhism College of China on March 7, 2018 to enhance academic cooperation between two institutions.

2018 Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS) annual meeting

Prof. Akaysha Tang and Dr Ouyang presented three posters in Boston, MA, USA from March 23 -27, 2018:

Poster 1: Novelty enhances temporal precision and reliability of single-trial neuronal source responses

Poster 2:  P300 and oscillatory activity: two expressions of a single novelty response

Poster 3: EEG-Based Source Imaging Revealed Alpha Band Top-Down Modulation of Early Visual Area

Postdoctoral positions available

Applications are invited for three Post-doctoral Fellow positions in the Laboratory of Neuroscience for Education (NfE Lab) in the Faculty of Education to commence as soon as possible for a period of two years, with the possibility of renewal for the third year.

NfE Lab is launching its new Doctoral programmes in Neuroscience for Education!

We welcome IT technologists, educators, and policy makers to become our first class of EdD and PhD students! Positions are limited. Please contact Prof Tang at actang@hku.hk for inquiries. To apply, see EdD and PhD.

Participating in the Global Convergence on the Science of Learning

Prof Tang moderated a focused discussion session on “How can we frame research questions in the Science of Learning that are particularly amenable for convergent science? ” at the Global Convergence on the Science of Learning meeting sponsored by the National Science Foundation, US at Washington DC, from Feb 8 to 10, 2018.

Invited talk at the East China Normal University — EEG Based Brain Imaging for Investigating Learning in the Real World

Prof. Tang was an invited speaker at the College of Data Science and Engineering, East China Normal University on February 28, 2018.

3 Abstracts accepted to Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting 2018.

3 Abstracts have been submitted to and accepted by Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting 2018.

Poster 1: P300 and theta-band oscillation: two expressions of a single novelty response

Poster 2: Novelty enhances the reliability and timing consistency of neuronal source response

Poster 3: EEG-Based Source Imaging Revealed Lower Beta-Band Top-Down Modulation of Early Visual Areas

Invited talk at Division of Chinese Language and Literature — Neuroscience for Education: what, how and where

Prof Tang gave a talk at Division of Chinese Language and Literature and Center for Advancement of Chinese Language Education and Research, Faculty of Education on Dec 7, 2017.

Poster presentation at Society for Neuroscience 2017

Prof. Akaysha Tang presented two posters (S12214 and S12217) at the 2017 Annual Meeting of Society for Neuroscience.

Invited Round-table at International Science of Learning Symposium in Brazil

Prof. Akaysha Tang attended International Science of Learning Symposium at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from Oct 22 – 25, 2017.

Invited talk at Leipzig

Prof Tang was invited by Prof. Angela D. Friederici, the Director at Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, to give a talk “Driving and being driven—a unique role of right hippocampal dominance in learning-enhanced leftdominance in Broca’s area” at the Institute in Leipzig, Germany.

Poster Presentation at 2017 Annual Meeting of Society for Psychophysiological Research

Prof Akaysha Tang presented a poster at the 2017 Annual Meeting of Society for Psychophysiological Research hosted by Society for Psychophysiological Research in Vienna, Austria on Oct 11 – 14, 2017.

Presentation at NSFC Shuang Qing Forum

Prof Tang gave an invited talk (Click here for talk abstract) at the 186th Shuang Qing Forum, hosted by The Bureau of Science Policy, the Department of Information Science and the Department of Management Science,  National Natural Science Foundation of China. The topic of the forum is Link to the Future:  Education, Technology, and Innovation, in Hangzhou, China on September 18–19, 2017. (click here for press report)

Dr. Ouyang, Guang joins NfE Lab!

Dr. Ouyang Guang joined the NfE Lab in September. Welcome our new team member!

Talk at 2017 International Science of Learning Conference: Recent advances in EEG source imaging and new opportunities for investigating natural reading

Prof. Akaysha Tang gives a seminar on “Recent advances in EEG source imaging and new opportunities for investigating natural reading” at the 2017 International Science of Learning Conference in Brisbane, Australia, on September 18-20th.

The Laboratory of Neuroscience for Education (NfE Lab) offers its first neuroscience course designed for educators, with hands-on experience

Teams of Master of Education students working together to observe brain in action as part of the MEDD 8817: the Learning Brain, offered during the summer of 2017.

Prof. Akaysha Tang receives HK$1,670,000 donation from Sweeting Memorial Fund (including SHAC and UGC Matching Funds)

The Sweeting family has generously pledged a donation of HK$720,000 to the Faculty of Education as a start up capital of the Professor Anthony Edward Sweeting Memorial Fund.  Mrs. Sansan Ching Sweeting recently selected Prof. Akayaha Tang, the Director of the newly established the Laboratory of Neuroscience for Education (NfE Lab) as the recipient of the Sweeting Fund. The fund is to be used to support Prof. Tang’s research on the neuroscience of learning across life span, including both basic and applied research and to provide undergraduate scholarship to outstanding undergraduate students worldwide to work on Junior Year research projects in the NfE Lab.

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Invited talk at Peking University: “Neuroscience for Education: a New Bridge”

Prof. Akaysha Tang gave a seminar on educational neuroscience at the Graduate School of Education, Peking University, Beijing, on July 13, 2017.  Hosted by Dr. Junjie Shang, Vice Dean, Graduate School of Education.

Invited talk at National Science Foundation of China: “Science of Learning and Future Education”

Prof. Akaysha Tang gave a seminar on Science of Learning and discussed with Director and Program Officers of the Bureau of Science Policy, National Science Foundation of China on July 14, 2017.  Hosted by Dr. Yonghe Zheng, Director of the Burear.

Poster Presentation at 2017 Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping

Prof Akaysha Tang presented a poster at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping  hosted by the Organization for Human Brain Mapping in Vancouver, Canada on June 25-29, 2017.

Invited talk at the Workshop on Brain Signal Variability: EEG-based Brain Source Imaging and Neurotechnology for Learning

Prof Akaysha Tang gave a talk at the Workshop on Brain Signal Variability, hosted by the Institute of Creativity, the Hong Kong Baptist University on  July 31, 2017.

News: The Establishment of Division of Educational Neuroscience, Chinese Society for Cognitive Science (5-5-2017)

The Establishment of Division of Educational Neuroscience, Chinese Society for Cognitive Science

Diffuse Optical Imaging Methodologies for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Dr. Rob J Cooper

University College London, London · Department of Medical Physics and Bioengineering

Newborn infants are extremely vulnerable to a range of brain injuries that can result in significant and life-long disability.  While neonatal medicine has dramatically improved the survival rates of preterm and brain-injured infants, the proportion of these infants that suffer neuro-disabilities has remained stubbornly high.  Despite significant advances in medical technologies, there remain very few tools that provide doctors with a direct measure of infant brain state at the cot-side.

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A computational model of stress and stress hormone regulation

Professor Maria-Rita Rosaria D’Orsogna

California State University Northridge, Mathematics Department, Institute for Sustainability

The hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis is a neuroendocrine system that regulates numerous physiological processes and plays an important role in learning and memory.  Disruptions in its activity are correlated with stress-related diseases such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), typically characterized by low basal CORT levels. We introduce a mathematical model consisting of a set of coupled ordinary differential equations to describe the dynamics of the major hormones regulated by the HPA axis, including corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH), adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) and cortisol (CORT).

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Speech comprehension as a real-time process: Neurobiological, Evolutionary and Cross-linguistic Challenge

William Marslen-Wilson, Honorary Professor of Language and Cognition

University of Cambridge, Dept of Psychology, Centre for Speech, Language and the Brain

Human speech comprehension is a process remarkable for its immediacy and rapidity.  The listener interprets an incrementally delivered auditory input, on time scales of around 200-250 msec, in terms of a complex multi-level representation of relevant linguistic knowledge, modulated by the pragmatic context of speaking and more general knowledge of the world. Here we consider what is required to construct an explanatory neurobiological account of this remarkable human-unique set of capacities. We argue that such an account will have three main components. The first focuses on the real-time flow of neuro-computational activity that underpins the comprehension process. To answer the critical whatwhen, and where questions about this process requires the use of imaging techniques that can provide spatio-temporally resolved data about this neural activity, combined with multivariate analysis techniques.

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Making sense of speech by chunking

Anna Mauranen, Prof. of Engish, Vice Rector, University of Helsinki    

Humans make sense of speech much in the same way as they make sense of other kinds of information: by chunking it up into manageable units.  How the human brain carries out this processing remains unclear.  This talk presents  empirical evidence regarding the nature of intuitive chunking, specifically how chunking is related to the understanding of meaning.  The  participants listened to short audio clips of natural language interaction and were asked to mark boundaries between chunks while listening and answer a comprehension question after each clip.

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Seminar: Transforming negative emotion via religious chanting

Dr. Junling Gao was a clinical neurologist trained in the  Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China. He received his Ph.D in Neurology from the Medical School, the University of Hong Kong, for work on dementia using neuroimaging methods. He also received a Master degree in Buddhists Studies from the Faculty of Social Sciences, the University of Hong Kong. Combing his clinical and religious studies training, he has been working as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center of Buddhists Studies. His main research focus is on neuroimaging study of meditation, or in a broader sense, mental exercise.

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Seminar: Transforming negative emotion via religious chanting

Dr. Junling Gao was a clinical neurologist trained in the  Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China. He received his Ph.D in Neurology from the Medical School, the University of Hong Kong, for work on dementia using neuroimaging methods. He also received a Master degree in Buddhists Studies from the Faculty of Social Sciences, the University of Hong Kong. Combing his clinical and religious studies training, he has been working as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center of Buddhists Studies. His main research focus is on neuroimaging study of meditation, or in a broader sense, mental exercise.

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