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Zane Zheng, Ph.D.


Office: Plummer Rooms 9 & 10

Tel: 617-243-2337



  • Ph.D., Queen’s University
  • M.A.Sc., McMaster University
  • M.Sc., Queen’s University
  • B.E., Wuhan University

PSYC101 Psychological Perspectives
MDSC203 Drugs & the Human Body
PSYC302 Biological Basis of Behavior
PSYC304 Sensation and Perception
PSYC 306 Special Topics: Perception
PSYC323 Brain Function & Dysfunction
PSYC328 Cognitive Processes
BIO340 Research Methods


Professor Zane Zheng is a cognitive neuroscientist who joined Lasell as Associate Professor of Psychology in 2012 and became Associate Professor and Chair of Academic Research in 2019. His research includes exploring the cognitive and neural mechanisms of two human abilities: speech perception and self-awareness. His teaching is informed by evidence-based pedagogy and guided by his proprietary instructional model DATE (Doing, Acting, Thinking, and Extending) which helps students engage in deep-learning and build transferrable skills through consolidation. His work has been recognized by awards and grants from American Psychological Association, Society for the Teaching of Psychology, Society for the Personality and Social Psychology, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, and Psi Chi. In addition, Professor Zheng is keen on finding ways to involve students in research and committed to training students to conduct research with rigor. His students have consistently received departmental research awards for their collaborative work.

Professor Zheng has been involved with Psi Chi in promoting excellence in the science and application of psychology. He currently serves on Psi Chi's Research Advisory Committee and NICE Research Committee. He is also a Psi Chi Evaluator and Faculty Advisor of Psi Chi Lasell Chapter

What is your teaching philosophy for Lasell courses? 

As a teacher-scholar, I integrate teaching and research in every aspect of my work. For instance, I stimulate student curiosity by setting up mini-labs in the classroom for teaching and then help students develop a deeper understanding of the learned knowledge through extending classroom work into research. This dual-process model is intellectually rewarding to both my students and myself as an educator, because we are not just consumers of knowledge - we are creating something new through working together!

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Do you have any publications you would like students to be made aware of?

Zheng, Z*. (in press). A shared perceptual inference for cross-modally induced illusions of self-attribution. Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice.

Bouffard, S., Giglio, D., & Zheng, Z*. (2022). Social media and romantic relationship: excessive social media use leads to relationship conflicts, negative outcomes, and addiction via mediated pathways. Social Science Computer Review. 40: 1523-1541.

Fahey, S., Santana, C., Ritada, R., & Zheng, Z*. (2019) Affective judgement of social touch on a hand associated with hand embodiment. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. 72: 2408-2422.

Fahey, S., Charette, L., Francis, C., & Zheng, Z*. (2018) Multisensory integration of signals for bodily self-awareness requires minimal cognitive effort. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, 72:244-252.

Boisvert, B., Montepare, J., & Zheng, Z*. (2015). Age-related differences in the perception of body ownership. Proceedings of the Association for Psychological Science. (2nd poster award at Massachusetts Gerontology Association Annual Convention)

Zheng, Z*., Vicente-Grabovetsky, A., MacDonald, E., Munhall, K., Cusack, R., & Johnsrude, I*. (2013). Multivoxel patterns reveal functionally differentiated networks underlying auditory feedback processing of speech. Journal of Neuroscience. 33: 4339-48.

Zheng, Z*., MacDonald, E., Munhall, K., & Johnsrude, I. (2011). Perceiving a stranger's voice as being one's own: a 'rubber voice' illusion. PLoS One. 6:e18655.

Zheng, Z*., Munhall, K., & Johnsrude, I. (2010). Functional overlap between regions involved in speech perception and in monitoring one's own voice during speech production. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 22:1770-1781.