I'm a psychologist and neuroscientist.

I completed my Ph.D at the IDG / McGovern Institute for Brain Research at Beijing Normal University. Then I became a faculty in Department of Psychology, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences. I currently work as a visiting associate in Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, California Institute of Technology, USA. 


I am interested in exploring the mechanisms that describe and/or affect behavioral and neuronal responses during empathy and decision making (especially moral and immoral decisions) in social interaction. In my research, I use diverse methods (Mturk, psychophysiological recordings, mouse tracking, and fMRI) to find answers to these questions:

  • How do people make positive and negative empathetic responses to others?

  • How can we profile and measure aspects of social inference, decision making and strategic interactions in different individuals?

  • What is the role of oxytocin and vasopressin in social emotion and decision making?

  • How do reward and punishment system interact during moral decision making?



Moral behavior and pain

To investigate tradeoff between reward, pain and norm violation behaviors 

2017 - now

California Institute of Technology

Visiting Associate in Humanities and Social Sciences

Empathy and related factors

Research on empathy and group identity, maybe also other factors

Effect of oxytocin and vasopressin on social emotion and behavior 

Social behavior profiles of anxiety disorders

2013 - now

CAS Key Laboratory of Behavioral Science 

University of Chinese Academy of Sciences

2010 - 2013

IDG / McGovern Institute for Brain Research

Beijing Normal University

PhD study in Psychology and Neuroscience

Chinese Academy of Sciences;

University of Chinese Academy of Sciences;