Xing Tian

Xing Tian
Associate Professor of Neural and Cognitive Sciences, NYU Shanghai; Global Network Associate Professor, NYU
Office Phone
+86 (21) 20595201

Xing Tian is an Associate Professor of Neural and Cognitive Sciences at NYU Shanghai. Prior to joining NYU Shanghai, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at New York University. He holds a PhD in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science from the University of Maryland, College Park and a BS in Physics from Peking University.

Professor Tian’s research interests are in the areas of human cognitive neuroscience. More specifically, his research focuses on how the interaction between action and perception underlies speech, language, memory and other higher-level cognition. He uses behavioral, computational, electrophysiological (EEG, MEG, ECoG), and neuroimaging (fMRI) methods to investigate the neural mechanisms that mediate human cognition. His work has been published in Psychological Science, Current Biology, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Cognitive Psychology, Brain Topography, Frontiers in Psychology, and Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.

Select Publications

  • Tian, X., & Poeppel, D. (in press). Dynamics of self-monitoring and error detection in speech production: evidence from mental imagery MEG. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.
  • Tian, X., & Poeppel, D. (2013). The effect of imagination on stimulation: the functional specificity of efference copies in speech processing. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 25(7), 1020-1036.
  • Luo*, H., Tian*, X., Song, K., Zhou, K., & Poeppel, D. (2013). Neural response phase tracks how listeners learn new acoustic representations. Current Biology. 23(11), 968–974. (*equal contribution)
  • Tian, X., & Huber, D.E. (2013). Playing ‘Duck Duck Goose’ with neurons: Change detection through connectivity reduction. Psychological Science. 24(6), 819–827.
  • Tian, X., & Poeppel, D. (2012). Mental imagery of speech: linking motor and sensory systems through internal simulation. Front. Hum. Neurosci. 6:314. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2012.00314


  • PhD, Neuroscience and Cognitive Science
    University of Maryland, College Park
  • BS, Physics
    Peking University

Research Interests

  • Human Cognitive Neuroscience

Courses Taught

  • Behavioral and Integrative Neuroscience
  • Independent Study - Neural Science Capstone
  • Neural Bases of Speech and Language