Dr Bo Yao PhD, BSc


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Embodied Prediction in Communication (EPiC) Lab
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Research Interests

Research in the EPiC lab broadly falls within Cognitive Neuroscience of Language. We use a wide range of methods including reaction times, fMRI, EEG/ERP, neurostimulation (TMS/tDCS/tACS), eye tracking and machine learning.

Our current research focuses on inner speech experience in silent reading, induced verbal hallucinations in healthy adults, conceptual processing of abstract concepts, the embodiment of language syntax, indirect language communication and gestures.

External Grant Funding

> 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.

Current Lab Members

> Dr Bo Yao (PI, director)
> Dr Paraskevi Argyriou (PI)
> Ryan Horsfall (Postdoc)
> Hongrui Lin (PhD student)
> Olivia Mak (PhD student)
> Jaydan Pratts (PhD student)
> Paul Stott (RA)


2013    Lecturer                 University of Manchester, UK
2012    Research Fellow    University of Kent, UK
2011    PhD Psychology    University of Glasgow, UK
2008    BSc Biology            Xiamen (Amoy) University, China

Social responsibility

I direct Café Scientifique Manchester (free monthly science talks) for the general public. [Facebook group]
Our lab are committed to public engagement.
Our research has media presence. E.g., Science and Tech interview on SanguineRadio 4 interview on Hot Gossip!, Youtube.

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)

Areas of expertise

Biology, Medicine and Health (BMH) Domains


  • cognitive neuroscience, experimental psychology, psycholinguistics, language, embodied cognition, pragmatics, ERP/EEG, fMRI, TMS

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