Ph.D., Southern California
Rm 360, Sino Building
3943 6457
2603 5019

Brief Introduction

Dr. Zheng received his PhD in psychology from the University of Southern California (USC). He worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Hong Kong before joining CUHK. Dr. Zheng is interested in how genetic and environmental influences are associated with children's reading, writing and math development. He is currently pursuing a research line related to laterality, or handedness, and learning.

Teaching Areas

  • PSYC2020 Experimental Design 
  • PSYC1050 Consciousness
  • PSYC4909 Psychology in Action II

Research Interests

Language and mathematical development in children, behavior genetics, statistics and research methods in psychology.

I am interested in how genetic and environmental factors are associated with language and math development in young children. My current research focuses on the association between laterality, or handedness, and learning. Specifically, my work aims to investigate the prevalence and heritability of handedness in Chinese, and the connection between handedness (both preference and relative hand skill) and children’s reading, writing and math performance.



Zheng, M., McBride, C., Ho, C. S. H., Chan, J., Choy, K. W., & Paracchini, S. (2020). Prevalence and heritability of handedness in a Hong Kong Chinese twin and singleton sample. BMC Psychology, 8:37, 1-12. 

Chen, N. T., Zheng, M., & Ho, C. S. H. (2019). Examining the visual attention span deficit hypothesis in Chinese developmental dyslexia. Reading and Writing, 32(3), 639-662.

Ho, C. S. H., Zheng, M., & Fong, C. Y. C. (2019). Contributions of vocabulary and discourse-level skills to reading comprehension among Chinese elementary school children. Applied Psycholinguistics, 40, 323-349.

Ho, C. S. H., Zheng, M., McBride, C., Hsu, L. S. J., Waye, M. M. Y., & Kwok, J. C.-Y. (2017). Examining an extended simple view of reading in Chinese: The role of naming efficiency for reading comprehension. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 51, 293-302.

Ho, C. S. H., Zheng, M., Chow, B. W. Y., Wong, S. W, Lim, C. K., & Waye, M. M. Y. (2017). Adequacy of using a three-item questionnaire to determine zygosity in Chinese Young twins. Behavior Genetics, 47(2), 244-254.

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