• Room G002d, N21, University of Macau

  • (853) 8822-9210

  • (853) 8822 2456

  • haiyanwu@um.edu.mo

Ph.D., Cognitive Neuroscience, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China

M.S., Psychology, Zhejiang Normal University, Zhejiang, China

B.E., Education, Guangxi Normal University, Guangxi, China

  • 2017.03 – 2020.07 Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Associate Professor Department of Psychology, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing
  • 2017.10 – 2019.01 California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, US, Visiting Associate Humanities and Social Sciences
  • 2013.07 – 2017.02 Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing
  • (2018) Supervision award: PhD student Yanyan Qi wins the Awards of CAS
  • (2017) Outstanding associate professor of Institute of Psychology, CAS
  • (2010) Outstanding graduate student of Zhejiang Normal University

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, computational modeling, EEG, TDCS/TMS and fMRI) to find answers to these questions:

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

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

3) What is the role of mentalizing in social emotion and decision making?

4) How do the reward and punishment systems interact during moral decision making?

  • 2018-2021 Project of “Neural mechanism of dishonesty in social interactions” Supported by The National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)
  • 2016-2018 Project of “The oxytocin effect on social emotions and behaviors” Supported by Scientific Foundation of CAS Key Laboratory of Behavioral Science
  • 2014-2017 Project of “The neural mechanism of group identity effect on empathy” Supported by The National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)
  • 2013-2015 Project of “The interpersonal relationship and social decision making” Supported by Scientific Foundation of Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • 2012-2014 Project of “The cross-culture neural mechanism of kinship” Supported by Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (2012YBXS01)
  • 2008-2010 Project of “The RT- and ERP-based implicit concealed information test” Supported by the Innovation Project for Graduate students of Zhejiang Province (YK2008039)

Professional services

  • Associate editor, IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning (ICDL) 2020
  • Session chair of Social cognitive science, Chinese Society for Cognitive Science
  • Member of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)
  •  Member of Society of Neuroscience (SfN)
  • Member of Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM)
  • Member of China Computer Federation (CFF)


  • Journals: Neuroimage; Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience; Neuroimaging: clinical; Psychophysiology; Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience; IEEE’s Transactions on Affective Computing
  • Funding: NSFC
  • Editorial: Neuroscience Bulletin

Social influence and decisions

  • Wei S, Liu Q, Harrington M, Sun J, Yu H, Han J, Hao M, Wu H*, and Liu X*. (2019) Nonconformist tendencies related to risky choices in female methamphetamine abstainers. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse.
  • Feng C, Cao J, Li Y, Wu H*, Mobbs D (2018) The pursuit of social acceptance: aberrant conformity in social anxiety disorder, Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 13(8), 809–817
  • Wu, H., Luo, Y., & Feng, C. (2016). Neural signatures of social conformity: A coordinate-based activation likelihood estimation meta-analysis of functional brain imaging studies. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 71, 101-111.

Computational modeling and decisions

  • 张紫琦; 贺则宇; 罗文波*; 伍海燕* (2019). 元认知中自信心对联合决策的预测作用,心理科学进展.
  • Liu, Q., Wu, H*, & Liu, A*. (2019). Modeling and Interpreting Real-world Human Risk Decision Making with Inverse Reinforcement Learning. arXiv preprint arXiv:.05803.
  • Zhu, R., Liu, C., Li, T., Xu, Z., Fung, B., Wang, L*, Wu, H*, Luo, Y*, & Feng, C*. (2019). Intranasal oxytocin reduces reactive aggression in men but not in women: A computational approach. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 108, 172-181

Mentalizing and social decisions

  • Qi Y., Nan W.,Cai H., Wu H*, Liu X* (2019). Empathy or schadenfreude? Social value orientation and affective responses to gambling results. Personality and Individual Differences. 153, 109619.
  • Wu H., Feng C., Lu X., Liu X., Liu Q* (2019). Oxytocin effects on the resting-state mentalizing brain network. Brain Imaging and Behavior.
  • Wu, H., Liu, X., Hagan, C. C*., & Mobbs, D *. Mentalizing During Social InterAction: A Four Component Model. Cortex (accepted)
  • Wu, H*., Fung, B. J., & Mobbs, D*. (2019, July 31). Mentalizing during social interaction: the development and validation of the interactive mentalizing questionnaire. https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/g2zm8
  • Qi Y., Raiha S., Wu H*, Liu X*(2018). Social value orientation modulates context-based social comparison preference in outcome evaluation: An ERP study. Neuropsychologia
  • Liao, C., Wu, H., Guan, Q., Luo, Y., & Cui, F. (2018). Predictability and probability modulate the neural responses to other’s pain: An event-related potential investigation. Biological Psychology, 138, 11-18.
  • Wu, H., Tang, H., Ge, Y., Yang, S., Mai, X., Luo, Y. J., & Liu, C. (2017). Object words modulate the activity of the mirror neuron system during action imitation. Brain and behavior, 7(11).
  • Qi, Y., Wu, H*., & Liu, X*. (2017). The influences of social value orientation on prosocial behaviors: The evidences from behavioral and neuroimaging studies. Chinese Science Bulletin, 62(11), 1136-1144.
  • Fu, D., Qi, Y., Wu, H*, & Liu, X*. (2017). Integrative neurocognitive mechanism of empathy and counterempathy. Chinese Science Bulletin.
  • Cui, F., Wu, S., Wu, H., Wang, C., Jiao, C., & Luo, Y. (2017). Altruistic and self-serving goals modulate behavioral and neural responses in deception. Social cognitive and affective neuroscience, 13(1), 63-71.
  • Hu, X., Wu, H., & Fu, G. (2011). Temporal course of executive control when lying about self-and other referential information: an ERP study. Brain Research, 1369, 149-157.
  • Wu, H., Hu, X., & Fu, G. (2009). Does willingness affect the N2-P3 effect of deceptive and honest responses? Neuroscience letters, 467(2), 63-66.

Neural basis of reward/risk processing

  • Zhu, X., Zhang, H., Wu, L., Yang, S., Wu, H., Luo, W., Gu, R. and Luo, Y.J., (2018). The influence of self construals on the ERP response to the rewards for self and mother. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, pp.1-9.
  • Wei, S., Zheng, Y., Li, Q., Dai, W., Sun, J., Wu, H., & Liu, X. (2018). Enhanced neural responses to monetary rewards in methamphetamine use disordered individuals compared to healthy controls. Physiology & Behavior, 195, 118-127.
  • Sai, L., Wu, H., Hu, X., & Fu, G. (2018). Telling a truth to deceive: Examining executive control and reward related processes underlying interpersonal deception. Brain Cogn, 125, 149-156.
  • He, W., Qi, A., Wang, Q., Wu, H., Zhang, Z., Gu, R., & Luo, W. (2017). Abnormal Reward and Punishment Sensitivity Associated with Internet Addicts. Computers in Human Behavior.
  • Wu, H., Gui, D., Lin, W., Gu, R., Zhu, X., & Liu, X. (2016). The procrastinators want it now: behavioral and event-related potential evidence of the procrastination of intertemporal choices. Brain and cognition, 107, 16-23.
  • Zheng, Y., Li, Q., Wang, K., Wu, H., & Liu, X. (2015). Contextual valence modulates the neural dynamics of risk processing. Psychophysiology, 52(7), 895-904.
  • Zhao Q, Li H, Hu B, Wu H, Liu Q (2017). Abstinent heroin addicts tend to take risks: ERP and source localization. Frontiers in Neuroscience 11, 681

Other neuroscience or computer science outputs

  • Xu, R., Yang, J., Feng, C. L., Wu, H., Huang, R. W., Yang, Q. L., . . . Luo, Y. J. (2018). Time is nothing: emotional consistency of autobiographical memory and its neural basis. Brain Imaging and Behavior, 12(4), 1053-1066
  • Parisi, G. I., Barros, P., Fu, D., Magg, S., Wu, H., Liu, X., & Wermter, S. (2018). A Neurorobotic Experiment for Crossmodal Conflict Resolution in Complex Environments. Paper presented at the 2018 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS).
  • 刘勋, & 伍海燕. (2017). 心理学与脑科学: 进展, 思考和展望. 科技导报, 35(19), 12-13.
  • Cao J, Liu Q, Li Y, Yang J, Gu R, Liang J, Qi Y, Wu H, Liu X (2017). Cognitive behavioural therapy attenuates the enhanced early facial stimuli processing in social anxiety disorders: an ERP investigation. Behavioral and Brain

Functions 13 (1), 12

  • Yang, G., Nan, W., Zheng, Y., Wu, H., Li, Q., & Liu, X. (2017). Distinct cognitive control mechanisms as revealed by modality-specific conflict adaptation effects. J Exp Psychol Hum Percept Perform, 43(4), 807-818.
  • Xu, R., Yang, J., Feng, C., Wu, H., Huang, R., Yang, Q. & Luo, Y. J. (2017). Time is nothing: emotional consistency of autobiographical memory and its neural basis. Brain imaging and behavior, 1-14.
  • Cheng, D., Wu, H., Yuan, L., Xu, R., Chen, Q., & Zhou, X. (2017). Modality-Dependent or ModalityIndependent Processing in Mental Arithmetic: Evidence From Unimpaired Auditory Multiplication for a Patient With Left Frontotemporal Stroke. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 23(8), 692-699.
  • Qi, Y., Gu, R., Cao, J., Bi, X., Wu, H*, & Liu, X*. (2017). Response bias-related impairment of early subjective face discrimination in social anxiety disorders: An event-related potential study. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 47, 1020.
  • Zhu, X., Wu, H., Yang, S., & Gu, R. (2017). The influence of self-construal type on outcome evaluation: Evidence from event-related potentials. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 112, 64-69.
  • Li, Q., Tian, M., Taxer, J., Zheng, Y., Wu, H., Sun, S., & Liu, X. (2016). Problematic internet users’ discounting behaviors reflect an inability to delay gratification, not risk taking. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 19(3), 172-178.
  • Zhu, X., Wang, L., Yang, S., Gu, R., Wu, H., & Luo, Y. (2016). The Motivational Hierarchy between the Personal Self and Close Others in the Chinese Brain: an ERP Study. Frontiers in psychology, 7.
  • Wu, H., Luo, L., Dai, J., Yang, S., Wang, N., & Luo, Y. J. (2016). Event-Related Potential Responses to Beloved and Familiar Faces in Different Marriage Styles: Evidence from Mosuo Subjects. Frontiers in psychology, 7.
  • Wu, H., Ge, Y., Tang, H., Luo, Y. J., Mai, X., & Liu, C. (2015). Language modulates brain activity underlying representation of kinship terms. Scientific reports, 5, 18473.
  • Dai, J., Zhai, H., Wu, H., Yang, S., Cacioppo, J. T., Cacioppo, S., & Luo, Y. J. (2014). Maternal face processing in Mosuo preschool children. Biological psychology, 99, 69-76.
  • Wu, H., Chen, C., Cheng, D., Yang, S., Huang, R., Cacioppo, S., & Luo, Y. J. (2014). The mediation effect of menstrual phase on negative emotion processing: Evidence from N2. Social neuroscience, 9(3), 278-288.
  • Wu, H., Mai, X., Tang, H., Ge, Y., Luo, Y. J., & Liu, C. (2013). Dissociable somatotopic representations of Chinese action verbs in the motor and premotor cortex. Scientific Reports (Nature Publisher Group), 3, 2049.
  • Wu, H., Yang, S., Sun, S., Liu, C., & Luo, Y. J. (2013). The male advantage in child facial resemblance detection: Behavioral and erp evidence. Social neuroscience, 8(6), 555-567.
  • Liu, C., Tardif, T., Wu, H., Monk, C. S., Luo, Y. J., & Mai, X. (2013). The representation of category typicality in the frontal cortex and its cross-linguistic variations. Brain and language, 127(3), 415-427.
  • Chen, C., Liu, C., Huang, R., Cheng, D., Wu, H., Xu, P., & Luo, Y. J. (2012). Suppression of aversive memories associates with changes in early and late stages of neurocognitive processing. Neuropsychologia, 50(12), 2839-2848.