Affective,
Neuroscience, and
Decision-making Lab

The Affective, Neuroscience, and Decision-making lab is located at the Centre for Cognitive and Brain Sciences (CCBS) at University of Macau (UM), Macau SAR, China.

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.

We are supported by the following grants:

  • Science and Technology Development Fund(FDCT) of Macau [0127/2020/A3]
  • SRG of University of Macau (SRG2020-00027-ICI)
  • Natural Science Foundation of Guangdong Province (2021A1515012509)
  • Shenzhen-Hong Kong-Macao Science and Technology Innovation Project (Category C) (SGDX20201103092801005)
  • The National Natural Science Foundation of China, “Neural mechanism of dishonesty in social interactions” (NSFC: U1736125)
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