Xing Tian

Assistant Professor of Neural and Cognitive Sciences, NYU Shanghai; Global Network Assistant Professor, NYU
Xing Tian
Assistant Professor of Neural and Cognitive Sciences, NYU Shanghai; Global Network Assistant Professor, NYU
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Xing Tian is Assistant 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.

Research Interests

  • Human cognitive neuroscience

Recent 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
  • Wu, J., Duan, H., Tian, X., Wang, P., & Zhang, K. (2012). The effects of visual imagery on face identification: an ERP study. Front. Hum. Neurosci. 6:305. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2012.00305
  • Davelaar, E.J., Tian, X., Weidemann, C.T., & Huber, D.E. (2011). A habituation account of change detection in same/different judgments. Cognitive, Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience, 11, 608-626.
  • Tian, X., Poeppel, D., & Huber, D.E. (2011). TopoToolbox: Using sensor topography to calculate psychologically meaningful measures from event-related EEG/MEG. Computational Intelligence and Neuroscience. 2011, doi:10.1155/2011/674605
  • Tian, X., & Poeppel, D. (2010). Mental imagery of speech and movement implicates the dynamics of internal forward models. Front. Psychology, 1:166. doi: 10.3389/ fpsyg.2010.00166
  • Tian, X., & Huber, D.E. (2010). Testing an associative account of semantic satiation. Cognitive Psychology, 60, 267-290.
  • Tian, X., & Huber, D.E. (2008). Measures of spatial similarity and response magnitude in MEG and scalp EEG. Brain Topography, 20, 131-141.
  • Huber, D. E., Tian, X., Curran, T., O’Reilly, C, & Woroch, B. (2008). The dynamics of integration and separation: ERP, MEG, and neural network studies of immediate repetition effects. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 34, 1389-1416.


  • PhD, Neuroscience and Cognitive Science, University of Maryland, College Park, 2008
  • BS, Physics, Peking University, 2003