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Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
Member of the Associations for Psychological Science (APS)
Member of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM)
Member of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language (SNL)
Member of the British Association for Cognitive Neuroscience (BACN)
Member of the Experimental Psychology Society (EPS)


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I completed my PhD in psycholinguistics and cognitive neuroscience at the University of Glasgow in 2012. After a year as a Research Fellow at the University of Kent, I joined the University of Manchester as a Lecturer in 2013. I am now a Senior Lecturer at Lancaster University.

Research Interests

My research interests broadly lie in cognitive neuroscience of language. My current work focuses on neurocognitive mechanisms of inner speech and verbal hallucinations, abstract conceptual processing, discourse reading, and bilingual processing. I use behavioural methods, EEG, s/fMRI, eye tracking, neurostimulation, computational modelling in my research.

External Grant Funding

> 2021-2022, Yao, B., EPS Small Grant, EPS, £3,500.
> 2019-2020, Yao, B., Bial Foundation Grants for Scientific Research (284/2018), Bial Foundation, €45,000.
> 2019-2020, Yao, B. & Keitel, A., British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant (SRG1819\191229), The British Academy, £9,942.
> 2016-2019, Yao, B., ESRC Future Research Leaders (ES/N002784/1), ESRC, £270,778.
> 2013-2015, Yao, B., Study Visit grant, EPS, £2,000.

Lab Members

> Dr Bo Yao (PI, director)
> Olivia Mak (PhD student)
> Jaydan Pratts (PhD student)
> Tslil Ofir (PhD student)
> Guyu Shen (PhD student)
> Jiaxuan Chen (PhD student)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Areas of expertise

  • RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
  • fMRI
  • EEG
  • TMS/tDCS
  • Eye tracking
  • R
  • SPM
  • BF Psychology
  • Embodied cognition
  • Reported speech
  • Social interaction
  • P Philology. Linguistics
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Pragmatics


  • cognitive neuroscience
  • experimental psychology
  • psycholinguistics
  • language
  • embodied cognition
  • pragmatics
  • fMRI
  • TMS


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