EPiC Lab Current Members

Dr Bo Yao
Principle Investigator

Bo completed a BSc in Biology (1st class) at Xiamen University (China), followed by a PhD in Psychology at University of Glasgow (UK). In the EPiC lab, he enquiries how experiences shape language communication. He is especially interested in how auditory and articulatory experiences contribute to inner speech and verbal hallucinations as well as their neural foundations. Bo is passionate about science and runs Cafe Scientifique in Manchester. When not in the lab, he can be found writing in independent cafes, doing photography and arts, or learning new skills with his Oculus Rift.

Dr Ryan Horsfall
Research Associate

After graduating with a 1st class BSc in Psychology, Ryan remained at the University of Liverpool to conduct his PhD research which focused on how the brain combines stimuli from different modalities. He became a member of the EPIC lab in 2019, where he is involved in various projects investigating the involvement of ‘brain waves’ in inner speech. His main research interests are language, perception and all things EEG. When not busy working, he will most likely be gradually deafening himself at the nearest music concert.

Hongrui Lin
PhD Student

Lin studied clinical medicine in Guangzhou Medical University, China. He wanted to study Psychology instead because during his internship at the hospital, he saw many people suffer from mental disorders but were left largely untreated. Following a MSc in Psychological Studies from the University of Glasgow, UK, he joined EPiC lab in 2017 to do a PhD on inner speech and emotional processing in reading. He apparently has a passion for emojis in texting, a *scientific* passion, of course ;P

Olivia Mak
PhD Student

Olivia is a highly driven student who is immensely interested in the mechanisms of schizophrenia. She has a 1st class BSc (Hons) Psychology degree from the University of York, followed by a distinction for her MSc in Neuroimaging for Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience. She has previously worked at a psychiatric hospital in Barcelona to learn the complexities and cross-cultural nature of schizophrenia. She is currently funded by the MRC to study the neural and computational mechanisms of induced hallucinations in healthy and schizophrenic patients, supervised by Dr Bo Yao and Professor Bill Deakin.

Jaydan Pratts
PhD Student

Jaydan comes from the tiny British territory of Gibraltar – known for its monolithic rock and mischievous monkeys. His interests include technology and exploring the Peak District, which is now at his doorstep. After graduating from Bangor University with a 1st class BSc in Psychology, he undertook an MSc in Neuroimaging in which he investigated human-robot interaction. His current project is supervised by Dr Bo Yao and Dr Gorana Pobric and investigates different models of inner speech using non-invasive brain stimulation.

Tslil Ofir
PhD Student

Tslil completed a BA in Psychology (honours program, 1st class/with distinction) at Bar-Ilan University, during which she worked as a research assistant and conducted a sub-research examining the improvement in linguistic abilities of adolescents with autism, following a social skills intervention. She has also acquired experience working with clinical population while training in the public clinic of the university and at Sheba Medical Centre. Her main research interest is language comprehension of bilingual speakers, and her PhD project is focused on testing how language meaning and syntax may be embodied in the experience of language forms among bilinguals.

EPiC Lab Alumni

  • Azeem Chughtai (MSc NCCN, 2019-20)
  • Guyu Shen (MRes Psychology 2019-20)
  • Jiaying Gu (MRes Psychology 2019-20)
  • Xiaoxue Wang (MRes Psychology 2017-18)
  • Florian Schnurr (MRes Psychology 2017-18)
  • Laura Holcroft (MRes Psychology 2017-18)
  • Elizabeth Le-Luan (MRes Psychology 2016-17)
  • Dr Briony Banks (Postdoc, 2016-17)
  • Bing Cai (MRes Psychology, 2015-16)

EPiC Lab Collaborators

  • Professor Sonja Kotz (Maastricht University, Netherlands)
  • Professor Bill Deakin (University of Manchester, UK)
  • Dr Jason Taylor (University of Manchester, UK)
  • Dr Gorana Pobric (University of Manchester, UK)
  • Dr Christoph Scheepers (University of Glasgow, UK)
  • Dr Sara Sereno (University of Glasgow, UK)
  • Dr Garry Zhenguang Cai (Chinese University of Hong Kong, China SAR)