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Li Su
Associate Professor
Tel:  86-10-64877137
Fax:  010-64872070
Mailing Address:  Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 16 Lincui Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Email:  lis@psych.ac.cn
2004-2006 Fellow of LIFE program (International Max Planck Research School, The Life Course: Evolutionary and Ontogenetic Dynamics)
1999-2002  Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Ph.D
1996-1999  Beijing Normal University. M.A
1990-1994  Shaanxi Normal University. B.A
2009-present Specially-appointed Expert, Program of early childhood education and cultivation in only-child, Training & Communication Center of National Population and Family Planning Commission of China
Research Interests:
Cognitive and early literacy development
Cultural influence on cognitive development
Community service:
Selected Publications:

Journal Articles (in English)
Zhao, J., Kipp, Kerstin., Gaspar, C., Maurer, U., Weng, X., Mecklinger, A., & Li, S. Fine neural tuning for orthographic properties of words emerges early in children reading alphabetic script. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. (Accepted)
Zhao, J., Zhao, Pei, Weng, X.C. & Li, S. (2014). Do preschool children learn to read words from environmental prints? PLOS one, 9 (1): e85745.doi:10.1371/journal.Pone.0085745.
Li, S.,Lee, K.,Zhao, J.,Yang, Z., He, S., & Weng, X.C. (2013). Neural competition as a developmental process: Early hemispheric specialization for word processing delays specialization for face processing. Neuropsychologia, 51, 950-959.
Zhao, J., Li, S., Lin, S.E., Cao, X.H., He, S., & Weng, X.C. (2012). The selectivity of N170 in the left hemisphere as an electrophysiological maRker for expertise in reading Chinese. Neuroscience Bulletin, 28, 577-584.
Lin, S.E., Chen, H.C., Zhao, J., Li, S., He, S., & Weng, X. C. (2011). Left-lateralized N170 response to unpronounceable pseudo but not false Chinese characters: the key role of orthography. Neuroscience, 190, 200-206.
Cao, X.H., Li, S., Zhao, J., Lin, S.E., & Weng, X. C. (2011). Left-lateralized early neurophysiological response for Chinese characters in young primary school children. Neuroscience Letters, 492, 165-169.
Lan, X. Z., Legare, C.H., Ponitz, C.C., Li, S., & Morrison, F. J. (2011). Investigating the links between the subcomponents of executive functioning and academic achievement: A cross-cultural analysis of Chinese and American preschool children. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 108, 677-692.
Wanless, S. B., Acock, A. C. Son, S-H., Morrison, F. J., Chen, F-M., Sung, M. Y., McClelland, M. M., Ponitz, C.C., Lan, X. Z., Chen, J-L., Lee, K. Y., & Li, S. (2011). Measuring behavioral regulation in four societies. Psychological Assessment, 23, 364-378.
Lan, X.Z., Ponitz, C.C., Miller, K.F., Li, S., Cortina, K., Perry, M., & Fang, G. (2009). Keeping their attention: Classroom practices associated with behavioral engagement in first grade mathematics classes in China and the United States. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 24, 198-211.

Journal Articles (in Chinese)
Shen, M., & Li, S. (2011). A comparative study of ability to raise questions initiatively in narratives of typical children and hearing-impaired children at age 3. Journal of audiology and speech pathology, 6, 501-505.
Zeng, W, & Li, S. (2008). An empirical study of noun classifier in spontaneous oral narratives. Language instruction and research, 6, 88-92.
Li, S., Li, W.F. & Yang, Y. F. (2006).The development of 3 to 6 year-old children’s picture-elicited narratives. Psychological Science, 2006, 29 (1), 25-29.
Li, S., Li, W.F. & Yang, Y. F. (2005). The development of children’s ability to draw stories. Psychological development and education, 21 (3), 1-6.
Li, S., Li, W. F., & Wang, L. (2003) The Semantic Encoding Characteristics in Children’s Two- dimensional Model drawings. Acta Psychological Sinica, 35 (1), 76-82.
Li, S., Li, W. F. (2002). Research on the developmental characteristics of young children’s language expression. Psychological Science, 3, 283-285.

Translated Works:
Li, S
. (2008). The child’s creation of a pictorial world. (by Claire Golomb, Lawrence Erlbaum Press, 2004), Beijing: China Light Industy Press.


The development of cortical visual specialization for Chinese characters. (NSF of China, 2013-2016)
Mandarin Children’s Narrative Development-Study based on Text and Acoustic Analysis. (NSF of China, 2009-2011)
Growth of Executive Function in Children: Contributions of Schooling and Culture. (International collaborative project of University of Michigan and Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2009-2010)
Individual Variability in Self-regulation and Executive Functions Within and across Cultures. (International collaborative project of University of Michigan and Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2006-2007)