Yina Ma

Dr. Yina Ma is currently the director of Social & Affective NeuroPharmacology (SANP) Lab, Principal Investigator and full professor at State Key Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience and Learning, and IDG/McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Beijing Normal University. She obtained her Ph.D. degree in Cognitive Neuroscience at Peking University in 2012, and was a Research Scientist at Dartmouth College and Johns Hopkins University from 2012 to 2015. Integrating neuroscience techniques, pharmacological challenge, computational modeling and disorder models, her research group aims to elucidate the neurobiological mechanisms underlying social decision-making during interpersonal and intergroup interactions and to reveal how the mechanisms are altered. These findings have been published on high-profile journals such as Nature Neuroscience, PNAS, Molecular Psychiatry, Brain, Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Cerebral Cortex, Neuropsychopharmacology, British Journal of Psychiatry, etc. She is elected member of the Executive Committee at the Social and Affective Neuroscience Society, and currently serving at the editorial boards of Emotion, Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. The long-term goals of the SANP Lab are to uncover the central neurobiological determinants of human social behaviors, and to integrate its empirical findings with public mental health issues to promote wellbeing, social functioning, and treatment for related mental disorders.

Graduate student

Danyang Wang

Danyang Wang received her Bachelor's degree of Psychology from Capital Normal University. Integrating neuroscience techniques (e.g., fMRI, intracranial EEG, and tDCS), pharmacological challenge, computational modeling, and evolutionary model, she aims to unveil 1) molecular substrates underlying valuation of information in decision-making; 2) neural mechanisms underlying diffusion of social behavior in social network; and 3) neural synchronization in cooperative and competitive contexts.

Xinyuan Yan

Xinyuan received her Bachelor’s degree of psychology from Northeast Normal University. She is interested in culture difference. She also wants to explore how oxytocin influences the emotional processing and social behaviors, how to take the perspective of machine learning to unravel the mechanism underlying human social behaviors.

Hejing Zhang

Hejing Zhang graduated from South China Normal University with major of psychology. She wants to explore how Neuropeptides influence the emotional processing and social behaviors.

Shiyi Li

Shiyi Li received her Bachelor’s degree of Psychology from Beijing Normal University. She is desperately keen on social affective neuroscience and currently focuses on the neural function of oxytocin in social information and interaction as well as how oxytocin modulates the emotional responses.

Xue Yong

Xue Yong received her Bachelor’s degree of biological science from Fudan University. By means of researches about placebo effect, she is exploring the neural mechanism of 1) the formation process of belief; 2) the interpersonal belief delivery; 3) the powerful influence by belief on behaviors.

Jiaxin Yang

Jiaxin Yang received her Master's degree of Psychology from Beijing Normal University. She is interested in 1) fNIRS-hypperscanning and brain synchronization in intergroup conflict; 2) Brain structural and functional abnormalities in psychiatric disorders (e.g. depression, schizophrenia).Moreover, she wants to combine multimodal neuroimaging approach (fMRI,DTI,fNIRS,etc.) to further explore the neural and computational mechanisms of social behavior. 

Wenying Yuan

Wenying Yuan received her Bachelor’s degree of psychology from Southwest University. She is interested in belief formation and representation. Furthermore, she intends to explore how belief delivers during social interaction.

Xiaoyu Zeng

Xiaoyu Zeng received his Bachelor's degree of psychology from Zhengzhou University. His main interest lie in the human decision making under conflict (e.g., self-control that invovles conflict between short-term temptation and long-term goal). Integrating neuroscience techniques (e.g., fMRI, intracranial EEG), computational modeling and neuropharmacological modulation, he aims to unveil the neurocognitive mechanisms of how people make difficult choices in conflict, and to help people resolute such conflict and make better choices.

Chenxiao Hao

Chenxiao Hao received her Bachelor's degree of Biomedical Engineering from Hunan University. Her interests lie in neural synchronization and prosocial behavior.

Jun Ni


Hanyang Chen

Hanyang Chen received her Bachelor's degree of Psychology from Soochow University. He hopes that "Someday i'll be just like you."

Research assistant


Chunliang Feng

Di Wu

Shuying Zheng

Wenhao Huang

Zhengxuan Li

Yunzhe Liu

Jiayin Xing

Yi Zeng

Yue Li

Yanyan Su

Xinzhuo Zou

Zuowei Chen

Undergraduate student

Chunyang Yang

Rongzi Ma

Zhengxin Gong

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