Culture and Social Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory

School of Psychological and Cognitive Sciences, Peking University


Dr. Shihui Han

Dr. Shihui Han is a distinguished professor at the School of Psychological and Cognitive Sciences, Peking University, and a principal investigator at PKU-IDG/McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Peking University. He is the director of Culture and Social Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory. He served as the Chair of the Department of Psychology at Peking University between 2003 and 2007. He studies cultural and genetic influences on neural substrates of social cognition such as self-referential processing, empathy, death awareness, etc.

One line of his research reveals cultural influences on neural representations of the self during self-reflection and self-face recognition. Another line of his research reveals social/cognitive/neural/genetic mechanisms underlying racial in-group bias in empathy for others’ suffering. His research contributes to the development of cultural neuroscience in the world.

He is the founding editor in chief of the journal "Culture and Brain", the associate editor of "Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience". He has published over 150 peer review research papers in Nature Review Neuroscience, Annual Review of Psychology, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Brain, Current Biology, Neuropsychopharmacology, Cerebral Cortex, Journal of Neuroscience, Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, Psychological Science, NeuroImage, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Human Brain Mapping, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Social Neuroscience, etc.

Dr. Lihua Mao

Dr. Lihua Mao is an associate professor at the School of Psychological and Cognitive Sciences, Peking University. He received his Ph.D. (psychology) from Peking University in 2005. He studies neural mechanisms of visual perception, attention and social cognition. He publishes his findings in journals such as Brain Research, Brain, Human Brain Mapping, etc.

Dr. Daniela M. Pfabigan

Dr. Daniela M. Pfabigan is a post-doctoral researcher at the School of Psychological and Cognitive Sciences, Peking University. She received her Master‘s and PhD degree from the University of Vienna, Austria, in the field of Biological Psychology, and also has clinical training in neuropsychology. After finishing her PhD studies, Daniela worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Unit (University of Vienna) for five years combining neuroscience research and teaching and supervising students. Daniela came to Peking University to work with Dr. Han to extend her research interests in the area of performance monitoring to encompass cultural neuroscience aspects. She hopes to broaden our understanding of how individuals adapt their behaviour in social context settings, which will yield more ecologically valid insights. Daniela’s favourite neuroscience method is electroencephalography (EEG), so far she has published in journals such as Human Brain Mapping, NeuroImage, Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience, Psychophysiology, Biological Psychology, Journal of Personality Disorders, etc.

Xiaoyue Fan

Xiaoyue Fan is a graduate student (2012-).

Xiaochun Han

Xiaochun Han is a graduate student (2013-).

Yuqing Zhou

Yuqing Zhou is a graduate student (2014-).

Ting Zhang

Ting Zhang is a graduate student (2014-).

Shiyu Wang

Shiyu Wang is a graduate student (2015-)

Tianyu Gao

Tianyu Gao is a graduate student(2015-)

Wenxin Li

Wenxin Li is a graduate student(2015-)

Xuena Wang

Xuena Wang is a graduate student(2016-)

Chenyu Pang

Chenyu Pang is a graduate student (2018-)

Yue Pu

Yue Pu is a graduate student (2019-)

Taoyu Wu

Taoyu Wu is a graduate student (2017-).

Huang zheng

Huang Zheng is a graduate student (2019-)

Guo Zheng

Guo Zheng, a graduate student (2020-) from Tianjin, loves cycling, jogging and table tennis. At the undergraduate stage, he majored in medical humanities and applied linguistics. His research interest is death awareness.