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PhD (Psychology, University of Bristol)
MSc (Psychology, Peking University)
BA (Linguistics, Peking University)


Dr Biao Zeng is a psycholinguist and founded iTalkTone Lab. His research interests are primarily in audiovisual speech perception, speech and language disorder, and communication-aid, with a focus in applying EEG and eye-tracking into enhancing environmental control and communication. Another major part of his research interests more lies in the practical area, including neurofeedback, brain-computer interface for vulnerable groups such as post-stroke aphasia and ageing people, social impacts on education, health and psychological well-being, and its association with children’s later development.


2014 – 2016 Senior Research Fellow, Bournemouth University
2012 – 2014 Lecturer, Bournemouth University
2010 – 2012 Research Associate, Newcastle University
2008 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Birmingham


1. Teaching (2016-2017)
PL1D101 Introducing Psychology
PL1D100 Methods and Evidence
PL2D100 Understanding and Researching Psychology:Cognitive, Biological and Historical
PL3S142 Cognitive Neuropsychology and Neuroscience
PL3S105 Developing Understanding of Clinical Psychology
PL3S110 Development in Adolescence and Adulthood

2. PhD supervision
Ms. Rui Wang (Bournemouth University, first supervisor)


Note:since 2012,* corresponding author

a. Journal
1. Xie, H., Wang, R., Thompson, S., & Zeng*, B. (2016). Duration of lip movement enhances identification of Mandarin lexical tone contours. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. (Under review).

2. Zeng, B., & Mattys, S. (2016). Separability of tones and rhymes in Chinese speech perception: evidence from perceptual migrations. Language and Speech. (In Press).

3. Zeng, B., Lindsay, G., & Law, J. (2012). Characterising optimal intervention intensity – the relationship between dosage and effect size in interventions for children with developmental speech and language difficulties The International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 14(5), 471-477.

4. Beecham, J. Law, J., Zeng. B, & Lindsay, G. (2012). Costing children’s speech, language and communication interventions. The International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 47(5), 477-486.

5. Law, J., Zeng, B., Lindsay, G. & Beecham, J. (2012). The cost-effectiveness of interventions for children with Speech Language and Communication Needs (SLCN): A review using the Drummond and Jefferson (1996) “Referee’s Checklist”. The International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 47(1), 1-10.


1. Ren, P., Tang, Z.C., He, X, & Zeng, B. (2016). An evaluation of single trial LRP with dry electrodes. The 5th International Conference on Neuroeconomics and Neuromanagement, 2016. Zhejiang University, China.
2. Zeng, B. (2016). Alternative communication using blink and brainwave for post-stroke aphasia. The 13th Annual Symposium: Digital Healthcare Shaping the Future. Bournemouth University, UK.
3. Zeng, B. (2016). Demands of digital healthcare in China: why China is NOT an aged people friendly place? The 1st HCI and Digital Healthcare between China and UK, British HCI 2016. Bournemouth University, UK.

4. Zeng*, B. (2016). To change attitude to bilingualism and embrace English and another language for future. Westminster Education Forum Keynote Seminar: Modern Foreign Languages in English schools: take-up, quality and resources. London, UK.

5. Wang, R., & Zeng*, B. (2016). Visual cue effect on incongruent lexical tone and vowel in Mandarin. The 16th International Conference on the Processing of East Asian Languages (ICPEAL 2016). Guangzhou, China.

6. Wang, R., He, X., & Zeng*, B. (2016). Expectancy effect on audiovisual benefit of Mandarin lexical tones. The 17th International Multisensory Research Forum. Suzhou, China.

7. Wang, R., & Zeng, B. (2014). Can lexical tone be visualised? The 6th Conference on Tone and Intonation in Europe. Utrecht University, Netherlands.

8. Zhang, C., & Zeng, B. (2012). the Effect of immediate feedback on the perception of Mandarin lexical tones by non-native speakers. The Annual Bloomsbury Roundtable on Communication, Cognition and Culture, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK.

c. Official and Government Reports

1. Law, J., Lee, W., Roulstone, S., Wren, Y., Zeng, B. & Lindsay, G. (2012). “What Works”- Interventions for children and young people with Speech, Language and Communication Needs. Department for Education.
2. Beecham, J., Law, J., & Zeng, B. (2011). Economic effectiveness programme. Better communication research programme: 2nd interim report. Department of Education. 107-114.


Chartered Psychologist in the British Psychological Society
Associate Fellow in the British Psychological Society
Fellow in the Higher Education Academy


Visiting Research Fellow (Bournemouth University)
Visiting Researcher (Newford Research Institute of Advanced Technology (NRIAT),China)


Invited Talks
B. Zeng (2017). Biosignal-based Communication-aid Tools: Brainwave and Blink. Ultrahaptic, Bristol, England

Business Pitch
B. Zeng (2017). Biosignal-based wearable Communication-aid Headband. the 1st China(Shenzhen) Innovation and Entrepreneurship International Competition, London, UK.


1. Audiovisual Lexical Tone Perception: Evidence from Eye-tracking Studies (Dr ZENG Biao & Dr Guoxing Yu, British Academy, 2016-2017)

2. Interpersonal processes: social facets of human cognition (Dr Xun He & Dr ZENG Biao, Bournemouth University, Hooray Education 2016-2019).

1. Event-related polling (Dr ZENG Biao, Undergraduate Research Assistantship Programme, 2015).

1. To Optimise the 3D Animation Encoding of Visualised Face and Lip Movement and Facilitate English Speaking People to Learn Chinese Lexical Tones (Dr ZENG Biao, Bournemouth University, Tian Pei IT Company Ltd, 2014-2017).

2. Neurofeedback Diagnosis and Treatment on Children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs(Dr ZENG Biao & Dr Xun He, 2014-2016).

1. A Pilot Study on Auditory Selective Attention and Lexical Tone Perception under a Whisper Condition (Dr ZENG Biao, Chong Qing University, 2013-2014).

2. To Enhance English Speaking People’s Learning Performance on Chinese Lexical Tones with Feedback Mechanism (Dr ZENG Biao, Bournemouth University, Tian Pei IT Company Ltd, 2013-2016).

3. Developing Migration Paradigm and EEG Skills for Chinese Lexical Tones Research (Dr ZENG Biao & Dr Xun He, Fusion Investment Fund, 2013).

1. Research and Teaching Collaboration Visiting to Prestigious China Universities in Beijing, Xi’An and HangZhou (Dr ZENG Biao, SMN Strand Santander Scholarships 2012-2013).

Areas of Expertise

• Psychology and Neural Engineering
o Audiovisual prosody and lexical tone perception
o Language acquisition and learning
o Speech and language disorders and evidence-based intervention
o Brain-computer interface application in rehabilitation and healthcare
o Neurofeedback application and evidence

• Public Policies
o Comparison study on health and education public policies between China and UK
o Unit cost and cost-effectiveness analysis on different intervention programmes
o Impact of socioeconomic status on children and youth development
o Knowledge transfer partnership in psychology, education and healthcare
o Voting behaviour and polling



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