I have a broad interest in social cognitive neuroscience, especially those related to poverty, morality and justice.
Resilience, Brain, and SES Poverty is a global issue and influences the life of millions of people. Many studies have shown that people in poverty also suffered from mental, besides physical, health problems. Can social cognitive neuroscience help to improve the mental health and well-being of people with low SES background, and therefore help to solve the poverty problem? I think resilience study could be a very promising approach to do so, that’s why I am pursuing a post-doc position at Raffael’s Lab in the first place.
The Positive Self The Self is the centre for individual’s mental life. Numerous studies in psychology devoted to this very interesting topic. During my PhD study, I investigated how the moral self-concept influence our perceptual decision making? Using social learning task developed by Jie Sui (see her 2012 paper), we asked participants to learn the associations between different aspects of self and simple geometric shapes, then asked them to perform a perceptual matching task by pressing buttons. In a series of experiments, we found a robust effect that the morally positive self was processed faster and more accurately. The underlying mechanism is being explored now.
Reproducibility, Open Science, and Neurolaw The reproducibility crisis has been continually a focus of psychology recent years. As a junior researcher in this field, I am deeply concerned about the integrity of psychology and brain science, the fields in which I deeply love. Therefore, I tried very hard to promote open science in China and got more researchers in China aware the severity of the problem (https://osf.io/huyn4/). I contributed to the international community by participating ManyLab project (https://osf.io/2rm5b/). Currently, I maintaining a Chinese blog on reproducibility related topic (https://zhuanlan.zhihu.com/psy-os).
Also, with a bachelor degree in Law, I am very interested in the intersection between cognitive neuroscience and the law. Recently, my interest in neurolaw and reproducibility merged into the influence of unreproducible results in cognitive neuroscience to the law.