Dr. Yina Ma is currently the director of Social & Affective NeuroPharmacology (SANP) Lab and Principle Investigator in 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. Her research interests lie broadly in human emotion and social cognition. Integrating neuroscience techniques (functional MRI, EEG, fNIRS), genetics, pharmacological challenge and disorder model, she aims to elucidate the neurobiological mechanisms underlying social and emotional processes and to reveal how the mechanisms are altered. These findings have been published on high-profile journals such as Molecular Psychiatry, Brain, Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Cerebral Cortex, Neuropsychopharmacology, British Journal of Psychiatry, Neuroimage, Human Brain Mapping, JEP, JESP etc. The long-term goals of the SANP Lab are to uncover the central neurobiological determinants of human emotion and social cognition, and to then integrate its empirical findings with public mental health issues to promote treatment for mental disorders and wellbeing.
Danyang Wang received her Bachelor's degree of Psychology from Capital Normal University. Her research focuses on social cognition, particularly the effects of oxytocin and dopamine on human social behaviors. Moreover, she hopes to explore the neural and computational mechanisms of the topic to expand the understanding of social behavior.
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 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 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 received her Bachelor’s degree of biological science from Fudan University. She is interested in 1) the effects of different hormones such as oxytocin and dopamine on social behaviors of human and the corresponding mechanism of those effects; and 2) exploring the potential neural relationship between emotion and decision-making.
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 received her Bachelor’s degree of psychology from Southwest University. She is interested in self-other representations. Probing into how oxytocin influences the social cognition and social behavior of human is her desire. Furthermore, she intends to explore how the culture affects the neural mechanism engaged in self-concept.
Xiaoyu Zeng received his Bachelor's degree of psychology from Zhengzhou University. His main interests lie in the modulating effects of oxytocin on inter-group interactions and social emotions (e.g. envy, schadenfreude), and also the corresponding neural mechanism of these modulating effects.
Chenxiao Hao received her Bachelor's degree of Biomedical Engineering from Hunan University. She is interested in self-other representations and the influence of Neuropeptides on human social behaviors. Moreover, understanding the functional abnormalities in psychiatric disorders is where she wants to do her bit.
Xinzhuo Zou received her Bachelor’s degree of Psychology from Beijing Normal University. Her interests focus on (1) fNIRS-hypperscanning and brain synchronization in social interactions (2)Effects of neuropeptides (e.g., oxytocin) on social interactions.
Dr. Chunliang Feng received his Ph.D degree in Cognitive Neuroscience in 2016 at Beijing Normal University, and was a visiting student at Emory University from 2013 to 2015. His research interests include (1): Effects ofneuropeptides (e.g., oxytocin, vasopressin) on human social behaviors (e.g.,cooperation, inter-group interactions, and self-other representations) and underlying neural signatures; and (2 Neuralunderpinnings of effects of social context on fairness-related decision-makingand empathy.
Shuying Zheng is a graduate student of civil engineering in Tsinghua University. She is interested in 1) using computational modeling to understand the social/affective processes and moral decision-making; and 2) effects of neuropeptides on social interactions.
My research interests involve the development of mechanic understanding of emotion in learning and decision-making; discovery of neural representational architecture of memory system in relation to goal-related behaviors, and identification of aberrant neural pathways that contribute to psychiatric disorders at both algorithmic and implementation levels. To achieve that, I use a variety of neuroscientific techniques (fMRI, EEG, MEG, etc.) in combination with computational modeling.