• Room 1015d, N21, University of Macau

  • (853) 8822-9210

  • (853) 8822 2456

  • haiyanwu@um.edu.mo

  • Consultation Hours: Thursday, 10am-11:00am

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 decision making in social interaction. In my research, I use diverse methods (Mturk, psychophysiological recordings, mouse tracking/eye tracking, computational modeling, EEG, TDCS/TMS and fMRI) to find answers to social neuroscience questions:

Our current research directions:

1) Social cognition and affective neuroscience: the multi-modal representation of negative emotional experiences (anxiety, fear, helpless) and its neurocomputation; the learning and representation of social information (social distance, emotional variability, affiliation) and its influence on social relationship; the neurocomputation of mentalizing and social decision-making (dishonesty decisions); the effect of pharmaceutical modulation (oxytocin) and neuromodulation (TMS&TDCS) on social cognition and behaviors.

2) Computational neuroscience: we mainly leverage Bayesian modeling, Reinforcement learning, Drift-diffusion model to quantify human social learning and adaptive social decision-making.

3) Artificial intelligence (AI) and Human-AI interaction: e.g., how AI facilitates empathy and interaction between human-AI and even between human-human, how human perceive and inference the affect of AI.


Grants as PI

  • 2021-2024 Science and Technology Development Fund (FDCT) of Macau (0127/2020/A3)
  • Natural Science Foundation of Guangdong Province(2021A1515012509)
  • SRG of University of Macau (SRG202000027-ICI)
  • Shenzhen-Hong Kong-Macao Science and Technology Innovation Project (Category C) (SGDX2020110309280100)


  • 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) 2020-2022
  • 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; Neuroscience Bulletin; Cognitive,
  • Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience; IEEE’s Transactions on Affective Computing
  • Funding: NSFC
  • Editorial: Neuroscience Bulletin
  • Chen, K., Wang, R., Huang, J., Gao, F., Yuan, Z., Qi, Y., and Wu, H. (2022). A resource for assessing dynamic binary choices in the adult brain using EEG and mouse-tracking. Scientific Data, 9(416).
  • Wu, Q., Huang, Q., Liu, C., & Wu, H. (2022). Oxytocin modulates social brain network correlations in resting and task state. Cerebral Cortex.
  • Cao, S., Liu, X., & Wu, H. (2022). The neural mechanisms underlying effort process modulated by efficacy. Neuropsychologia, 173, 108314.
  • Cao, S.-Q., Tang, C.-C., Wu, H.-Y., & Liu, X. (2022). Value Analysis determines when and how to strive. Advances in Psychological Science, 30(4), 877–887.
  • Wang, Y., Wang, R., & Wu, H*. (2022). The role of oxytocin in modulating self-other distinction brain: a pharmacological fMRI studyCerebral Cortex.
  • Pang, L., Li, H., Liu, Q., Luo, Y. J*., Mobbs, D., & Wu, H*. (2022). Resting-state functional connectivity of social brain regions predicts motivated dishonestyNeuroImage.
  • Wu, H., & Fung, B. J.. (2022). Mentalizing during social interaction: the development and validation of the interactive mentalizing questionnaire Front. Psychol. 12:791835.
  • Yang, G., Xu, H., Li, Z., Nan, W., Wu, H., Li, Q., & Liu, X. (2021). The Congruency Sequence Effect Is Modulated by the Similarity of ConflictsJournal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition.
  • Shuguang Wei, Zhaoxia Xue, Wujun Sun, Jie Han, Haiyan Wu*, Xun Liu*. (2021). Altered neural processing of reward and punishment in women with methamphetamine use disorderFrontiers in Psychiatry.
  • Shuhan Zheng, Zhichao Liang, Youzhi Qu, Qingyuan Wu, Haiyan Wu*, Quanying Liu*. (2021). Kuramoto model based analysis reveals oxytocin effects on brain network dynamicsInternational Journal of Neural Systems.
  • Tanaz Molapour, Cindy C Hagan, Brian Silston, Haiyan Wu, Maxwell Ramstead, Karl Friston, Dean Mobbs. (2021). Seven computations of the social brainSocial Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 745-760.
  • Huang, Q., Cao, S., Zhou, S., Punia, D., Zhu, X., Luo, Y., & Wu, H.. (2021). How anxiety predicts interpersonal curiosity during the COVID-19 pandemic: The mediation effect of interpersonal distancing and autistic tendencyPersonality and Individual Differences, 180, 110973.
  • Zheng, S., Punia, D., Wu, H., & Liu, Q.. (2021). Graph theoretic analysis reveals intranasal oxytocin induced network changes over frontal regionsNeuroscience, 459, 153-165.
  • Wu, H., Liu, X., Hagan, C. C., & Mobbs, D. (2020). Mentalizing during social InterAction: A four component modelCortex, 126, 242-252.
  • Wei S, Liu Q, Harrington M, Sun J, Yu H, Han J, Hao M, Wu H, and Liu X. (2020). Nonconformist tendencies related to risky choices in female methamphetamine abstainersThe American journal of drug and alcohol abuse, 46(1), 68-77.
  • Qi, Y., Nan, W., Cai, H., Wu, H., & Liu, X. (2020). Empathy or schadenfreude? Social value orientation and affective responses to gambling resultsPersonality and Individual Differences, 153, 1096.
  • Wu, H., Feng, C., Lu, X., Liu, X., & Liu, Q. (2020). Oxytocin effects on the resting-state mentalizing brain networkBrain imaging and behavior, 14, 2530-2541.
  • Raiha, S., Yang, G., Wang, L., Dai, W., Wu, H., Meng, G., … & Liu, X.. (2020). Altered Reward Processing System in Internet Gaming DisorderFrontiers in Psychiatry, 11.
  • Liu, Q., Wu, H., & Liu, A.. (2019). Modeling and Interpreting Real-world Human Risk Decision Making with Inverse Reinforcement LearningarXiv preprint, arXiv:1906.05803.
  • Zhu, R., Liu, C., Li, T., Xu, Z., Fung, B., Feng, C., … & Wang, L. (2019). Intranasal oxytocin reduces reactive aggression in men but not in women: A computational approachPsychoneuroendocrinology, 108, 172-181.
  • Feng, C., Cao, J., Li, Y., Wu, H*., & Mobbs, D. (2018). The pursuit of social acceptance: aberrant conformity in social anxiety disorderSocial cognitive and affective neuroscience, 13(8), 809-817.
  • QI, Y., WU, H., & LIU, X. (2017). The influences of social value orientation on prosocial behaviors: The evidences from behavioral and neuroimaging studiesChinese Science Bulletin, 62(11), 1136-1144.
  • FU, D., QI, Y., WU, H., & LIU, X. (2017). Integrative neurocognitive mechanism of empathy and counter-empathyChinese Science Bulletin, 62(22), 2500-2508.
  • Wu, H., Luo, Y., & Feng, C. (2016). Neural signatures of social conformity: A coordinate-based activation likelihood estimation meta-analysis of functional brain imaging studiesNeuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 71, 101-111.