Lai, V. T., Hubbard, R., Ku, L, & Pfeifer, V. (To appear). Electrophysiology of non-literal language. In Language Electrified, Techniques, Methods, Applications, and Future Perspectives in the Neurophysiological Investigation of Language [Computations] edited by Grimaldi, M., Shtyrov, Y., Brattico, E. Springer.
Pfeifer, V. & Lai, V. T. (in press). The Comprehension of Irony in High and Low Emotional Contexts. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology/Revue canadienne de psychologie expérimentale.
Hakim, Z., Ebner, N., Oliveira, D., Getz, S., Levin, B., Lin, T., Lloyd, K., Lai, V.T., Grilli, M.D., & Wilson, R.C. (2020). The Phishing Email Suspicion Test (PEST) a lab-based task for evaluating the cognitive mechanisms of phishing detection. Behavioral Research Methods, 1-11. On PsyArXiv:
Donahoo, S. & Lai, V. T. (2020). The mental representation and social aspect of expressives. Cognition and Emotion, 1-16.
Ku, L.-C., Chang, Y.-T., & Chen, H.-C. (2020). How do extraverts process jokes? An event-related potential study on humor processing. Brain and Cognition, 141, 105553.
Ku, L., Chan, S., & Lai, V. T. (2020). Personality traits and emotional word recognition: An ERP study. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience, 1-16. 
Lai, V. T., Howerton, O., & Desai, R. H. (2019). Concrete Processing of Action Metaphors: Evidence from ERP. Brain Research, 1714, 202-209.
Van Dam, W. O., Speed, L. J., Lai, V. T., Vigliocco, G., & Desai, R. H. (2017). Effects of Motion Speed in Action Representations. Brain and Language, 168, 47–56.
Lai, V. T. & Desai, R. H. (2016). The Grounding of Temporal Metaphors. Cortex, 76, 43-45.
Lai, V. T. & Huettig, F. (2016). When Prediction is Fulfilled: Insight from Emotion Processing. Neuropsychologia, 85,110-117
Desai, R. H. Choi, W. Lai, V. T., & Henderson, J. M. (2016). Towards Semantics in the Wild: Activation to Manipulable Nouns in Naturalistic Reading. Journal of Neuroscience, 36(14): 4050-4055.
Coulson, S. & Lai, V. T. (2016). Editorial: The Metaphorical Brain. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9, 699.
Lai, V. T. & Coulson, S. (2015-2016). The Metaphorical Brain. E-book at Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.
Samur, D., Lai, V. T., Hagoort, P., & Willems, R. (2015). Emotional Context Modulates Embodied Metaphor Comprehension. Neuropsychologia, 78 (2015), 108-114.
Lai, V. T., Willems, R. M., & Hagoort, P. (2015). Feel Between The Lines: Implied Emotion In Sentence Comprehension. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 27(8), 1528–1541. 
Lai, V. T., Conant, L., Binder, J., & Desai, R. (2015). Effects of Processing Difficulty on Metaphor Laterality. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9, 44.
Lai, V. T., Rodriguez, G. G., & Narasimhan, B. (2014). Thinking-For-Speaking In Early And Late Bilinguals. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 17(01), 139–152.
Lai, V. T. & Narasimhan, B. (2014). Verb Representation and Thinking-for-speaking effects in Spanish-English Bilinguals. Cognitive Science Perspectives on Verb Representation and Processing. New York: Springer, pp.235-256.
Lai, V. T., & Curran, T. (2013). ERP Evidence for Conceptual Mappings and Comparison Processes during the Comprehension of Conventional and Novel Metaphors. Brain and language, 127(3), 484-496.
Lai, V. T., & Boroditsky, L. (2013). The Immediate and Chronic Influence of Spatio-temporal Metaphors on the Mental Representations of Time in English, Mandarin, and Mandarin-English speakers. Frontiers in Cultural Psychology, 4, 142.
Lai, V. T., Hagoort, P., & Casasanto D. (2012). Affective Primacy vs. Cognitive Primacy: Dissolving the Debate. Frontiers in Cognitive Science, 3, 243.
Kim, A. & Lai, V. T. (2012). Rapid Interactions Between Lexical Semantic And Word Form Analysis During Word Recognition In Context: Evidence From Erps. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 24(5), 1104–1112. 
Chen, A. & Lai, V. T. (2011). Comb or Coat: the Role of Intonation in Online Reference Resolution in a Second Language. In: Zonneveld, W., Quené, H., Heeren, W. (Eds.), Sound and Sounds, Utrecht: UiL OTS, pp. 57-68.
Lai, V. T., Hagoort, P., & Casasanto, D. (2011). Affective and Non-Affective Meaning in Words and Pictures. In L. Carlson, C. Holscher, & T. Shipley (Eds.), Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, pp. 390-395. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.
Munro, R., Bethard, S., Kuperman, V., Lai  V. T., Melnick, R., Potts, C., Schnoebelen, T., & Tily, H. (2010). Crowdsourcing and Language Studies: The New Generation of Linguistic Data. In Proceedings of the Workshop on Creating Speech and Language Data With Amazon's Mechanical Turk, North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (NAACL), pp. 122-130. 
Bethard, S., Lai  V. T., & Martin, J. (2009). Topic Model Analysis of Metaphor Frequency for Psycholinguistic Stimuli. In Proceedings of the Workshop on Computational Approaches to Linguistic Creativity, North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (NAACL), pp. 9-16. 
Lai, V. T., Curran, T., & Menn, L. (2009). Comprehending Conventional and Novel Metaphors: An ERP study. Brain Research, 1284, 145-155. 
Lai, V. T., & Frajzyngier, Z. (2009). Change of Functions of the First Person Pronouns in Chinese. In M. Dufresne, M. Dupuis, & E. Vocaj (Eds.), Historical Linguistics, Amsterdam: John Benjamins, pp. 223-232.
Lai, V. T., Chang, M., Duffield, C., Hwang, J., Xue, N., & Palmer, M. (2007). Defining a Methodology for Mapping Chinese and English Sense Inventories. In Proceedings of the Chinese Lexical Semantics Workshop 2007 (CLSW-2007). pp. 59-65.
Lai, V. T. (2005). Language Experience Influences the Conceptualization of TIME Metaphor. In Proceedings of the II Conference on Metaphor in Language and Thought. Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil. 
Lai, V. T. & Ahrens, K. (2002). The Processing of Temporal Perspectives in Mandarin Chinese. In Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Cognitive Processing of Chinese and Related Asian Languages. 
Lai, V. T., Ahrens, K., & Huang, C. (2001). Source Domains for Marriage in Mandarin Chinese. In Proceedings of the 10th International Conference of the International Association of Chinese Linguistics (IACL-10) and the 13th North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics (NACCL-13). 
Lai, V. T. & Ahrens, K. (2001). Mappings from the Source Domain of Plant in Mandarin Chinese. In Proceedings of the 15th Pacific Asia Conference on Language Information and Computation, pp 203-209.