Peer-reviewed publications

  • Yao, B., Taylor, J. R., Banks, B., & Kotz, S. A. (under review). Theta activity phase-locks to inner speech in silent reading. [Preprint]
  • Alderson-Day, B., Moffatt, J., Bernini, M., Mitrenga, K., Yao, B., & Fernyhough, C. (2020). Processing Speech and Thoughts during Silent Reading: Direct Reference Effects for Speech by Fictional Characters in Voice-Selective Auditory Cortex and a Theory-of-Mind Network. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 1-17 (online). [doi]
  • Scott, G., Keitel, A., Becirspahic, M., Yao, B., & Sereno, S. C. (2018). The Glasgow Norms: Ratings of 5,500 words on 9 scales. Behavior Research Methods, 51(3), 1258-1270. [doi]
  • Yao, B., Keitel, A., Bruce, G., Scott, G., O’Donnell, P. J., & Sereno, S. C. (2018). Differential emotional processing in concrete and abstract words. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, 44(7), 1064-1074. [doi | PDF]
  • Yao, B., & Scheepers, C. (2018). Direct speech quotations promote low relative-clause attachment in silent reading of English. Cognition, 176, 248-254. [doi | PDF | Dataset | Appendix A | Appendix B]
  • Steward, A. J., Wood, J. S., Le-Luan, E., Yao, B., & Haigh, M. (2018). “It’s hard to write a good article.” The online comprehension of excuses as indirect replies. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 71(6), 1265-1269. [doiPDF]
  • Sereno, S. C., Hand, C. J., Shahid, A., Yao, B., & O’Donnell, P. J. (2018). Testing the limits of contextual constraint: Interactions with word frequency and parafoveal preview during fluent reading. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 71(1), 302-313[doiPDF]
  • Steward, A. J., Le-Luan, E., Wood, J. S., Yao, B., & Haigh, M. (2018). Comprehension of indirect requests is influenced by their degree of imposition. Discourse Processes, 55(2), 187-196. [doiPDF]
  • Weick, M., Allen, J., Vasiljevic, M., & Yao, B. (2016). Walking blindfolded unveils unique contributions of approach and inhibition to lateral spatial bias. Cognition, 147, 106-112. [doiPDF]
  • Sereno, S. C., Scott, G. G., Yao, B., Thaden, E., & O’Donnell, P. J. (2015). Emotion word processing: does mood make a difference? Frontiers in Psychology, 6:1191. [doi]
  • Yao, B., Scott, G. G., McAleer, P., O’Donnell, P. J., & Sereno, S. C. (2014). Familiarity with interest breeds gossip: Contributions of emotion, expectation, and reputation. PLoS ONE, 9(8), e104916. [doi]
  • Yao, B., Vasiljevic, M., Weick, M., Sereno, M. E., O’Donnell, P. J., & Sereno, S. C. (2013). Semantic size of abstract concepts: It gets emotional when you can’t see it. PLoS ONE, 8(9), e75000. [doiPDF]
  • Yao, B., Belin, P., & Scheepers, C. (2012). Brain ‘talks over’ boring quotes: Top-down activation of voice-selective areas while listening to monotonous direct speech quotations. NeuroImage, 60(3), 1832-1842. [doiPDF]
  • Yao, B., & Scheepers, C. (2011). Contextual modulation of reading rate for direct versus indirect speech quotations. Cognition, 121(3), 447-453. [doiPDF]
  • Yao, B., Belin, P., & Scheepers, C. (2011). Silent reading of direct versus indirect speech activates voice-selective areas in the auditory cortex. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 23(10), 3146-3152. [doiPDF]

Books chapters

  • Yao, B., & Scheepers, C. (2015). Inner Voice Experiences during Processing of Direct and Indirect Speech. In Frazier, L., & Gibson, E. (Ed.), Explicit and Implicit Prosody in Sentence Processing (pp. 287-307). Springer. [doiPDF]