Dr YUM Yen Na, Cherry

Assistant Professor
Department of Special Education and Counselling,
The Education University of Hong Kong                         

Phone: (852) 29488225
Email: yyum@eduhk.hk
ORCID: 0000-0002-2165-6813
Education Ph.D., Psychology, Tufts University
Biography Cherry grew up in Hong Kong, and obtained her Bachelor degree in psychology and linguistics at Haverford College and her PhD degree in cognitive psychology at Tufts University in the US. She worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences at The University of Hong Kong before joining the Department of Special Education and Counselling at EdUHK.
Research Interests

Her research interests are in reading and second language learning, using an experimental approach to examine differences across languages, such as Chinese, English, and Japanese. She has mainly focused on sublexical processing of single words using ERP measures, but is also interested in broader contextual effects in learning. She is working on a project on the effects of music therapy on social communication in children with ASD/ID.

5 Representative Publications
  • Yum, Y.N.*, Midgley, K.J., Holcomb, P.J., & Grainger, J. (2014). An ERP study of initial second language learning. Psychophysiology, 51:4, 364-373.
  • Yum, Y.N.*, Su, I.-F, & Law, S.-P. (2015). Early effects of radical position legality in Chinese: An ERP study. Scientific Studies of Reading, 19, 456-467.
  • Yum, Y.N., Law, S.-P.*, Mo, K.N., Lau, K.-Y.D., Su, I.-F, & Shum, M.S.K. (2016). Electrophysiological evidence of sublexical phonological access in character naming by L2 Chinese learners of L1 alphabetic scripts. Cognitive, Behavioral, and Affective Neuroscience, 16, 339-352
  • Yum, Y.N.*, Law, S.-P., Lee, C.F., & Shum, M.S.K. (2018). Early event-related potentials differences in orthographic processing of native and non-native Chinese readers. Journal of Research in Reading, 41(3), 403-422.
  • Yum, Y.N. & Law, S.-P.* (2019). Impact of characteristics of L1 literacy experience on picture processing: ERP data from trilingual non-native Chinese and English readers. Cognition, 183, 213-225.