08/2007 – 08/2012
Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park

09/2003 – 07/2007
B.Sc., Zhejiang University
06/2015 –  now
Research Professor, College of Biomedical Engineering and Instrument Sciences, Zhejiang University

10/2012 –05/2015
Postdoc Associate, Dept. of Psychology, New York University



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Wang, Y., Zhang, J., Zou, J., Luo, H.*, & Ding, N.* (2018) Prior knowledge guides speech segregation in human auditory cortex. Cerebral Cortex


Tian, X.*, Ding, N., Teng, X., Bai, F., & Poeppel, D. (2018) Imagined speech influences perceived loudness of sound. Nature Human Behaviour 2, 225–234


Ding, N.*, Pan, X., Luo, C., Su, N., Zhang, W., and Zhang, J. (2018) Attention is required for knowledge-based sequential grouping: Insights from the integration of syllables into words. Journal of Neuroscience 38(5):1178-1188


Ding, N.*, Patel, A.D., Chen, L., Butler H., Luo, C., and Poeppel, D. (2017) Temporal Modulations in Speech and Music. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 81, 181-187


Liu, L., Wang, F., Zhou, K., Ding, N., and Luo, H. (2017). Perceptual Integration Rapidly Activates Dorsal Visual Pathway to Guide Local Processing in Early Visual Areas. PLoS Biology 15(11): e2003646


Ding, N.*, Melloni, L., Yang, A., Wang, Y., Zhang, W., and Poeppel, D. (2017). Characterizing Neural Entrainment to Hierarchical Linguistic Units using Electroencephalography (EEG). Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 11, 481


Makov, S., Sharon, O., Ding, N., Ben-Shachar, M., Nir, Y., and Golumbic, E. Z. (2017). Sleep Disrupts High-level Speech Parsing despite Significant basic Auditory Processing. Journal of Neuroscience 37(32) 7772-7781


Zhang, W.+, and Ding, N.+* (2017) Time-domain Analysis of Neural Tracking of Hierarchical Linguistic Structures. NeuroImage 146, 333-340


Ding, N.*, Melloni, L., Tian, X., and Poeppel, D. (2017) Rule-based and Word-level Statistics-based Processing of Language: Insights from Neuroscience. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience 1-6.



Ding, N.*, Melloni, L., Zhang, H., Tian, X., and Poeppel, D. (2016), Cortical Tracking of Hierarchical Linguistic Structures in Connected Speech. Nature Neuroscience 19(1), 158-164


Ding, N.*, and He, H. (2016), Rhythm of Silence. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 20, 82-84


Ding, N.*, Simon, J.Z., Shamma, S.A., and David, S.V. (2016) Encoding of Natural Sounds by Variance of the Cortical Local Field Potential. Journal of Neurophysiology 115(5) 2389-2398


Zhou, H., Melloni, L., Poeppel, D., and Ding, N.* (2016) Interpretations of Frequency Domain Analyses of Neural Entrainment: Periodicity, Fundamental Frequency, and Harmonics. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 10:274. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2016.00274



Kong, Y.Y., Somarowthu, A., and Ding, N. (2015), Effects of Spectral Degradation on Attentional Modulation of Cortical Auditory Responses to Continuous Speech. Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology (JARO) 16(6), 783-796



Zhang, J., Xie, L., Li, Y., Chatterjee, M., and Ding, N.* (2014), How Noise and Language Proficiency Influences Speech Recognition in Individual Non-native Listeners. PLoS One 9(11), doi 10.1371/journal.pone.0113386


Kong, Y.Y., Mullangi, A, and Ding, N. (2014), Differential Modulation of Auditory Responses to Attended and Unattended Speech in Different Listening Conditions. Hearing Research 316, 73-81


Ding, N.*, and Simon, J.Z. (2014), Cortical Entrainment to Continuous Speech: Functional Roles and Interpretations. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 8:311. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00311


Ding, N., Chatterjee, M., and Simon, J.Z. (2014), Robust Cortical Entrainment to the Speech Envelope Relies on the Spectro-temporal Fine StructureNeuroImage 88, 41-46



Ding, N. and Simon, J.Z. (2013), Adaptive Temporal Encoding Leads to a Background Insensitive Cortical Representation of Speech, Journal of Neuroscience 33(13), 5728-5735.


Zion-Golumbic, E., Ding, N., Bickel, S., Lakatos, P., Schevon, C. A., McKhann, G. M., Goodman, R. R., Emerson, R., Mehta, A. D., Simon, J. Z., Poeppel, D., and Schroeder, C. E. (2013), Mechanisms Underlying Selective Neuronal Tracking of Attended Speech at a 'Cocktail Party', Neuron 77(5), 980-991.


Ding, N. and Simon, J. Z. (2013), Power and Phase Properties of Oscillatory Neural Responses in the Presence of Background Activity, Journal Computational Neuroscience 34(2), 337-343.



Ding, N. and Simon, J.Z. (2012), The Emergence of Neural Encoding of Auditory Objects While Listening to Competing Speakers, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) 109(29), 11854-11859.


Ding, N. and Simon, J.Z. (2012), Neural Coding of Continuous Speech in Human Auditory Cortex during Monaural and Dichotic Listening, Journal of Neurophysiology 107, 78-89.


Wang, Y.+Ding, N.+, Ahmar, N., Xiang, J., Poeppel, D., and Simon, J.Z. (2012), Sensitivity to Temporal Modulation Rate and Spectral Bandwidth in the Human Auditory System: MEG Evidence, Journal of Neurophysiology 107, 2033-2041.



Ding, N. and Simon, J.Z. (2009), Neural Representations of Complex Temporal Modulations in the Human Auditory Cortex, Journal of Neurophysiology 102, 2731-2743. 


For persepctive students: Dr. Nai Ding's lab is looking for talented students of all levels (undergraduates, master students, and PhD students) and potential postdoc associate. Perspective students should be interested in cognitive neural science, especially the neural processing of temporal information in speech, language, and music. It's desirable but not necessary to have signal processing or programming skills. Please contact Dr. Nai Ding ( if you're interested in joining the lab.