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Research interests

Dr Biao Zeng is an experimental psycholinguist and applied neuroscientist. His research interests are primarily in audiovisual speech perception and speech breathing. Another major part of his research interests lie in the practical areas, including VR, AI and eye-tracker applications, and brain-computer interface (BCI) for education and vulnerable groups, e.g. post-stroke survivors and ageing people. He also has research interests in political behaviour, socioeconomic status in education, and its association with children’s later development.

Teaching interests

  • Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality and Psychology (2020-2023, Academic Champion)
  • UNICFA/USW MSc Psychology (Level 7, Course Leader, 2017-present)
  • Development In Childhood and Adolescence (Level 6, Module Leader, 2021-present)
  • Introduction To Biological and Cognitive Psychology (Level 4, Module Leader, 2017-2021)
  • Current Research in Biological and Cognitive Psychology (Level 5, Module Leader, 2017-2021)
  • Cognitive Neuropsychology and Neuroscience (Level 6, 2017-present)
  • From Cells to Consciousness (Level 5, 2019-present)
  • The Development of Children and Young People (Level 4, 2021-present)
  • Critical Perspectives on Child and Adolescent Development (Level 5, 2021-present)
  • Research Methods in Clinical Psychology (dissertation) (Level 7, 2017-present)


  • 2016 - present University of South Wales   Lecturer, Course Leader
  • 2014 - 2016 Bournemouth University         Senior Research Fellow, Department of Psychology
  • 2012 - 2014 Bournemouth University         Lecturer, Department of Psychology
  • 2010 - 2012 Newcastle University              Research Associate, School of ECLS
  • 2008 - 2008 University of Birmingham      ESRC Research Fellow, School of Psychology

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Psychology, PhD, University of Bristol

Award Date: 1 Aug 2008

Psychology, MSc, Peking University

Award Date: 1 Jul 2002

Linguistics, BA, Peking University

Award Date: 1 Jul 1999


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