2014-2016 How second language learning experience shapes the neural substrates underlying perception of faces of races: a study of brain effective connectivity（Foundation for Outstanding Young Teachers，Guangdong Province, China, PI）
2013-2015 The dynamic relationships between cognitive skills and language proficiency in multilinguals （Major program of the National Key Research Center for Social Science, Ministry of Education, China，13JJD740009，PI）
2013-2015 The cognitive advantages of multilinguals （ Scientific Research Starting Foundation for Returned Overseas Chinese Scholars ，Ministry of Education, China, 2013-693，PI）
2012-2015 The cognitive control abilities of bilinguals （Scientific Research Starting Foundation for Returned Overseas Chinese Scholars, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies，399-X3412001，PI）
Tan, L., Chen, L., Yip, V., Chan, A. H. D., Yang, J., Gao, J. H. & Siok, W. T. (2011). Activity levels in the left hemisphere caudate-fusiform circuit predict how well a second language will be learned. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 108, 2540-2544.