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

Recent Publications


Beguš, G., Zhou, A. & Zhao, T.C. Encoding of speech in convolutional layers and the brain stem based on language experience. Sci Rep 13, 6480 (2023). (PDF


Corrigan, N. M., Yarnykh, V. L., Huber, E., Zhao, T. C. & Kuhl, P. K. Brain Myelination at 7 Months of Age Predicts Later Language Development. NeuroImage, 263: 119641. (PDF)

Zhao, T. C., Corrigan, N. M., Yarnykh, V. L. & Kuhl, P. K. Development of executive function-related skill is related to both neural structure and function in infants. Developmental Science, 00, e13323. (PDF)

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. (PDF)

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

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


Polka, L., Molnar, M., Zhao, T. C., & Masapollo, M. (2021). Neurophysiological Correlates of Asymmetries in Vowel Perception: An English-French Cross-Linguistic Event-Related Potential Study. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 15 (274). (PDF)

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. (PDF)

Corrigan, N., Yarnykh, V., Hippe, D., Owens, J., Zhao, T. C., & Kuhl, P. K. (2021). Gray matter myelination as a significant component of brain maturation during adolescence. NeuroImage, 227:117678. (PDF)