Principal Investigator

Haiyan Wu

I'm a psychologist and neuroscientist!

I completed my Ph.D. at the IDG / McGovern Institute for Brain Research at Beijing Normal University. Then I became a faculty in the Department of Psychology, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences. I worked as a visiting associate in the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, California Institute of Technology, from 2017 to 2019. Now I work in CCBS at the University of Macau.

I am interested in exploring the mechanisms that describe and/or affect behavioral and neural responses during emotion and decision making (both for human and human-AI interaction) in social interaction. My interest also lies in the area of the interactions between social relations cognition and languages. In my research, I use diverse methods (Mturk, psychophysiological recordings, mouse tracking, and fMRI) to find answers to below questions:

- How can we compute and measure aspects of social inference, decision making, and strategic interactions?

- What is the role of oxytocin in the social adaptation brain?

- How do reward and punishment systems interact during social decisions and interaction with AIs?

- How representation of social relations be affected by (different) language structure?

PhD Students

Zhaoning Li

I am a second-year PhD student in the lab. I received a B.E. degree in Information Security and an M.E. degree in Software Engineering, both from Sun Yat-Sen University. Enlightened by Heinrich Heine’s famous quote, ‘Thought precedes action, as lighting does thunder’, I devoted myself to theoretical research after familiarising myself with empirical research and application. I aspire to contribute to a ‘virtuous circle’ in which shared insights into artificial intelligence and social psychology will advance the development of both fields. My research interests focus on social cognition, social neuroscience, mentalising and artificial social intelligence.

Haoming Zhang

Haoming is a second-year PhD student in the lab. Before joining the A.N.D lab, Haoming received his bachelor’s degree at Southern University of Science and Technology. He is mainly interested in two specific topics. The first one is to investigate how the brain encoding the information about the direction of motion (forward & backward) by using intracranial electroencephalographic to recording and analyze the electrophysiological signal. The second is to investigate the neural machinery of the human brain for making safe, risky decisions. Haoming uses different kinds of methods in the research, which include EEG, sEEG, machine learning, and neural network.

Kun Chen

Kun Chen is a second-year Ph.D. student in the lab. He graduated with a B.S.E. degree in Computer Science and Technology from Huazhong University of Science and Technology. He is particularly interested in 1) The neural representation of concepts in the human brain & how does the representation shape human behavior. 2) Exploring social value representation using computational models that combine behavioral and neuroimaging data. 3) Developing brain-inspired natural language processing (NLP) models instead of purely statistical models to make machines understand the language as humans.

Siying Li

Siying Li is a second-year joint PhD student in the lab, jointly trained by Prof. Xiaoqun Wang from Institute of Biophysics, CAS and Prof. Haiyan Wu from the University of Macau. She graduated with a B.A. in English from Zhengzhou University, and a M.A. degree in Linguistics from Chinese University of Hong Kong. With the linguistics background, and RA work experience in a cognitive neuroscience lab, she aims to work on a joint field between linguistics and cognitive neuroscience, using methods including fMRI, MEG, natural language processing (NLP).

Xinyi Xu

Xinyi is a first-year Ph.D. student in the lab and she majors in EE. Her research interest lies in 1) integrator models of value-based decision making like DDM; 2) combining mouse tracking technique and computational modeling to better probe the dynamics during decision making. Currently she is using fMRI and computational modeling to investigate how people evaluate money, honesty and the consistency of lying and how information is encoded in brain.

Master Students

Qingyuan Wu

Qingyuan is a graduate student majors in cognitive neuroscience. She graduated with a B.S. in Physics from Lanzhou University and is currently a joint master student trained by Prof. Chao Liu from Beijing Normal University and Prof. Haiyan Wu from the University of Macau. She is interested in how people's perceptions of their partners' moral behavior might affect their cooperative behavior, as well as how the calculation of benefits and attitudes toward fairness influence cooperative behavior. She is now studying how oxytocin affects human's brain activity during face-perception tasks.

Yanghua Ye

Yeyang is a second-year graduate student in the lab. She recieved a B.E. degree in Public Administration, and now she is a joint training student at Shenzhen University studying Cognitive Neuroscience. She is interested in the internal and external motivations of curiosity and information-seeking behavior. Currently, her research is concerning two questions: 1) What drives non-instrumental curiosity and information-seeking behavior in social context, 2) Whether excessive game-playing undermines our value-based decision making and adaptive curiosity.

Luoyao Pang

Luoyao is a second-year graduate student in the lab. She graduated with a B.A. in Applied Psychology, and now is a joint training student at Shenzhen University studying Cognitive Neuroscience. She is interested in the computational and neural mechanisms of social cognition, especially how social information affects decision making. She is currently involved in two projects, the first is how brain structure and functional connectivity of specific resting-state networks predict motivated lying in an information passing task, and the second is the integration of individual and social information for decision making under uncertain situations.

Junyuan Zheng

Junyuan Zheng is a first-year Master student in the lab.He received his B.E. Software Engineering degree at Xiamen University. His research interests contain 1) Group Psychology, especially applying cognitive neuroscience to explore new group psychological field theory, including group bias, stereotypes combined with personality psychology. 2) Computational Neuroscience combined with machine learning and other technologies. 3) Social psychology and social neuroscience in the context of Virtual Reality(VR). 4) Cultural Neuroscience, Chinese specific psychological phenomena with neural mechanisms behind.

Haofei Wu

Haofei WU, is a graduate student majoring in Cognitive Neuroscience. She graduated with a B.S. in Applied Psychology from Zhengzhou University. Currently, she is interested in the neural basis of social cognition, especially the mechanisms of processing social decisions under the influence of others. She is trying to investigate it through a range of methods including fMRI and EEG.

Shuhan Zhang

Shuhan Zhang is a first-year graduate student in the lab, majoring in Cognitive Neuroscience. She graduated with a B.A. in psychology from Southwest University. Currently, she is interested in the neural mechanism of social cognition and human social interaction. She tries to investigate how people interact with each other in different situations by using neuroscience methods.

Research Assistant

Keyu Hu

Keyu Hu, is currently a research assistant in the lab. She received a double B.Sc. (Psychology) degree from both Southwest University in Chongqing, China and the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. Generally, her research interest includes 1) investigating the neural basis of social cognition and emotion using multiple methods, 2) human behavior in a social context like decision-making process and third-party punishment behavior.

Undergraduate Students

Runquan Yu

Runquan is a second-year undergraduate student, and a freshman in the lab, majoring in Psychology at the University of Macau. He joined the lab in August 2021. He expects to focus on human behavioral and neural responses in social scenarios. In particular, he is interested in behavioral and neural mechanism of human social interaction especially in human with anxiety, depression, and loneliness. His goal is to being a researcher so that he can help children and young adults struggling with mental health, especially those in vulnerable communities. Currently, (1) he is working on social navigation domains, and fMRI scanning, and (2) dealing with EEG data.

Yan Tian

Yan is an undergraduate student in the lab and he majors in psychology at the University of Macau. He is interested in two specific topics. One is exploratory behavior based on curiosity, and the other is how does motivation affect people's decision-making. He tries to explore the human brain by using kinds of equipment such as EEG and fMRI. He aims to be a great researcher in cognitive neuroscience.

Lab Security

NONAME (unfortunately dead)

NONAME is the only plant in the lab, but it survived supertyphoon last year. There is no doubt that it spents the longest time in the lab.


Phd Students

  • Yanyan Qi
  • Master Students

  • Ziqi Zhang
  • Siqi Cao
  • Jiamin Huang
  • Pengcheng Zhang
  • Undergraduate Students

  • Ruien Wang
  • Yuanchen Wang
  • Qi Huang
  • Jiamin Zhang
  • Huidi Li
  • Xianqing Liu