Lingfei Tang

Lingfei Tang

Research Associate


Lingfei Tang


  • M.A. in Psychology, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI (2012-2017)
  • B.A. in Psychology, University of Auckland, New Zealand (2008-2011)
  • B.Eng. in Electronics, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (2004-2008)

Awards and grants

  • The Julie A. Thomas Memorial Scholarship Award (2017)
    Poster Presentation Award, Graduate and Postdoctoral Research Symposium, Wayne State University (Third Place, 2017; Second Place, 2016)
    Best Podium Presentation, IOG/MPSI Lifespan Alliance Research Day, Wayne State University (2016)
    Travel award, Merrill-Palmer Skillman Institute (2017), Institute of Gerontology (2016), Department of Psychology (2014, 2016, 2017), Wayne State University

Selected publications


Tang, L., Shafer, A. T., & Ofen, N. (2018). Prefrontal Cortex Contributions to the Development of Memory Formation. Cerebral Cortex, 28(9), 3295–3308.


Johnson, E. L., Tang, L., Yin, Q., Asano E., Ofen, N. (2018). Direct brain recordings reveal prefrontal cortex dynamics of memory development. Science Advances, 4(12), eaat3702.

Ofen, N., Tang, L., Yu, Q., Johnson, E. L. (2018). Memory and the developing brain: From description to explanation with innovation in methods. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience.

Progovac, L., Rakhlin, N. V., Angell, W., Liddane, R., Tang, L., & Ofen, N. (2018). Neural correlates of syntax and proto-syntax: evolutionary dimension. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 2415.

Progovac, L., Rakhlin, N. V., Angell, W., Liddane, R., Tang, L., & Ofen, N. (2018). Diversity of grammars and their diverging evolutionary and processing paths: evidence from functional MRI study of Serbian. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 278.

Yu, Q., McCall., D. M., Homayouni, R., Tang, L., Chen Z, Schoff D., Nishimura M., Raz S., Ofen, N. (2018). Age-associated increase in mnemonic strategy use is linked to prefrontal cortex development. Neuroimage, 181, 162-169.

Hayes, J. M., Tang, L., Viviano, R., van Rooden, S., Ofen, N., & Damoiseaux, J. S. (2017). Subjective memory complaints are associated with brain activation supporting successful memory encoding. Neurobiology of Aging, 60, 71-80.

Goetz, S. M. M.*, Tang, L.*, Thomason, M. E., Diamond, M. P., Hariri, A. R., & Carré, J. M. (2014). Testosterone rapidly increases neural reactivity to threat in healthy men: a novel two-step pharmacological challenge paradigm. Biological Psychiatry, 76(4), 324-331 (* equal contribution).

Wang, Z. H., Bian, W., Ren, H., Frey, R., Tang, L. F., & Wang, X. Y. (2013). Development and application of the Chinese version of the adult strabismus quality of life questionnaire (AS-20): a cross-sectional study. Health and quality of life outcomes, 11(1), 180.

Manuscripts (submitted and in progress)

Tang, L., Pruitt, P. J., Yu, Q., Homayouni, R., Damoiseaux, J. S., Ofen, N. Differential functional connectivity in anterior and posterior hippocampus supporting memory development (under review).

Tang, L., Ofen, N. Assessing the reliability of fMRI measures in characterizing the development of episodic memory system (in progress).


Courses taught

Lecturer, Psych 1020, Department of Psychology, Wayne State University (2014-2016)

Instructor, Psych 1010 Lab, Department of Psychology, Wayne State University (2012-2014)