Research Assistant Professor
Ph.D. (2015) Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of Washington
B.S. (2010) Psychology Department, Pacific Lutheran University

Selected Publications:

Zhao, T. C., Corrigan, N. M., Yarnykh, V. L. & Kuhl, P. K. (In Press). Development of executive function-related skill is related to both neural structure and function in infants. Developmental Science.

Zhao, T. C., Llanos, F., Chandrasekaran, B., & Kuhl, P. K. (2022). Language experience during the period narrows infants’ sensory encoding of lexical tones—Music intervention reverses it. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 16. (PDF)

Llanos, F., Zhao, T. C., Kuhl, P. K., & Chandrasekaran, B. (2022). The emergence of idiosyncratic patterns in the frequency-following response during the first year of life. JASA Express Letters 2(5): 054401.

Zhao, T. C., & Kuhl, P. K. (2022). Development of speech processing and its relation to later language development: an MEG study. Neuroimage 256, 119242.

Zhao, T. C. (2022). Neural-behavioral relation in phonetic discrimination modulated by language background. Brain Sciences 12(4): 461.

Zhao, T. C., Boorom, O., & Kuhl, P. K., & Gordon, R. (2021). Infants’ neural speech discrimination predicts individual differences in grammar ability at 6 years of age and their risk of developing speech-language disorders. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience.

Zhao, T. C., & Kuhl, P. K. (2020). Neural and physiological relations observed in musical beat and meter processing. Brain and Behavior, 10(11), e01836.

Zhao, T. C., Masapollo, M., Polka, L., Ménard, L., & Kuhl, P. K. (2019). Effects of formant proximity and stimulus prototypicality on the neural discrimination of vowels: Evidence from the auditory frequency-following response. Brain and Language,194, 77-83.

Zhao, T. C., & Kuhl, P. K. (2018). Linguistic effect on speech perception observed at the brainstem. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115 (35), 8716-8721.

Zhao, T. C., Lam, H. T. G., Sohi, H., & Kuhl, P. K. (2017). Neural processing of musical meter in musicians and non-musicians. Neuropsychologia, 106 (Supplement C), 289-297. Neuropsychologia.2017.10.007

Zhao, T. C., & Kuhl, P. K. (2016). Musical intervention enhances infants’ neural processing of temporal structure in music and speech. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113(19), 5212-5217.

Zhao, T. C., & Kuhl, P. K. (2015). Higher-level linguistic categories dominate over lower-level acoustics in lexical tone processing. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 138(2), EL133-EL137.

Zhao, T. C., & Kuhl, P. K. (2015). Effect of musical experience on learning lexical tone categories. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 137(3), 1452-1463.