Culture and Social Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory

School of Psychological and Cognitive Sciences, Peking University


The human brain develops in social contexts. The cognitive functions of the brain are greatly influenced by the interaction between an individual and the environment. The Culture and Social Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory investigates whether and how sociocultural environments and biological factors such as genes modulate human brain functions using varieties of neuroimaging methods including high density event related brain potentials (ERPs), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Specifically, we study cultural and biological effects on the neural mechanisms underlying processing of social information. We investigate how human brains perceive emotion, intention, and belief by observing others' behaviors in complex visual scenes, how the brain represents the self and shares others' emotion, how cultures and genes influence neural substrates of self representation, and how cognitive and neural mechanisms mediating processes of social signals develop with age.

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