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Aubrey (Sin Hang) Lau

I am a first year Ph.D. student in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, San Diego.
Psycholinguistics is my primary research area. Broadly speaking, I am interested in sentence processing, bilingualism, and language production. Most topics I have worked on are motivated by cross-linguistic differences and speech errors.

There are numerous highly systematic rules in human language. However, it is also common to have exceptions to these rules. Intuitively, learning a grammatical system with exceptions is more challenging than learning one without. Then how does our processing system tolerate exceptions? What are the benefits of having them at all? Using artificial language experiments, I examine how grammatical features (of systems varying in systematicity) are represented in the mind through analyzing production patterns.

For further information on my background and my work, please keep scrolling or click on the above tabs. Thanks for stopping by! Contact me at aubreylausinhang at gmail dot com.

Research Highlights & CV

Below are some highlights of my academic career. Please click here for my full CV (updated in May 2017).


Presented my senior project poster at the International Workshop on Language Production in July 2016 (abstract was also accepted by AMLaP 2016)

Published my senior project in Journal of Cognitive Science (December 2016); See “My Work” below

Admitted to the Ph.D. in Psychology (Cognitive) program at the University of California, San Diego (Fall 2017)


Research Assistant at the HKU Language Processing Lab

Conducted reference processing research

Graduated with a B.A. in General Linguistics (with a particular emphasis on psycholinguistics courses, e.g., Bilingualism, Reading Development and Disorders, Language and Cognition, Child Language, and Philosophy and Cognitive Sicence)

Senior independent research: “Frequency Affects Pronoun Production”


UCEAP exchange student at the University of California, Santa Barbara (Winter & Spring 2015)

Took Psycholinguistics and Computational Linguistics (Python and NLTK)


Summer research assistant in the Department of English at the University of Hong Kong in my freshman and sophomore years

Conducted theories of language and communication models research

Participated in reading groups during the academic years

Gave short presentations at a colloquium at HKU and another conference in Switzerland

My Work



Lau, S., & Hwang, H. The Effects of Frequency on Pronoun Production. Journal of Cognitive Science, 17(4), 547-569. [pdf] [poster]

Undergraduate Work

Psycholinguistics for Grandmothers: Summarizing Bialystok and Martin’s (2004) study in the form of an article for the purpose of introducing scientific language research to the general public [pdf]



Gender in Chinese Pronoun Processing (inspired by the “gender error” in Chinese-English bilinguals, i.e., using “he” for female and “she”for male) [mini literature review] [experimental design]



Shedding Light on Consciousness: The nature of visual attention and its relation to consciousness [pdf]

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