Principal Investigator

Xiaolin Zhou
Cognitive Neuroscience


Xiaolin Zhou,Professor


Research Interests:

Prof. Xiaolin Zhou has three lines of research interests. The first one is on social cognition, social emotion and social neuroscience, particularly issues related to fairness consideration and social decision making. The second line of research is on language processing, including neuropragmatics. The third line of research is on attentional selection and cognitive control, particularly issues related to cross-modal integration and the impacts of reward and social information. Currently Prof. Zhou is trying to combine behavioral and cognitive neuroscience methods, including functional brain imaging and neuropharmacology, to investigate the cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying language processing, cognitive control, and economic and social decision making.

Selected Publications:

1.        Hu, J., Blue, P. R., Yu, H., Gong, X., Xiang, Y., Jiang, J., & Zhou, X. (in press). Social status modulates the neural response to unfairness.Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.

2.        Chen, X., & Zhou, X. (2015). Revisiting the spread of sparing in attentional blink. Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics, 77, 1596-1607.

3.        Xu, X., Jiang, X., & Zhou, X. (2015). When a causal assumption is not satisfied by reality: Differential brain responses to concessive and causal relations during sentence comprehension. Language, Cognition, and Neuroscience, 30(6), 704-715.

4.        Yu, H., Li, J., & Zhou, X. (2015). Neural substrates of intention-consequence integration and its impact on reactive punishment in interpersonal transgression. Journal of Neuroscience, 35(12), 4917– 4925.

5.        Liu, J., Gong, P. & Zhou, X. (2014). The association between romantic relationship status and 5-HT1A gene in young adults. Scientific Reports, 4, 7049. DOI:10.1038/srep07049.

6.        Hu, J., Cao, Y., Blue P. R., & Zhou, X. (2014). Low social status decreases the neural salience of unfairness. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 8, 402. DOI: 10.3389/fnbeh.2014.00402

7.        Wu, Y., Yu, H., Yu, R., Zhou, Z., Zhang, G., Jiang, Y., & Zhou, X. (2014). Neural basis of increased costly norm enforcement under adversity. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 9, 1862-1871.

8.        Wang, L., Duan, Y., Theeuwes, J., & Zhou, X. (2014). Reward breaks through the inhibitory region around attentional focus. Journal of Vision, 14(12), 2, 1-7.

9.        Gong, P., Liu, J., & Zhou, X. (2014). Serotonin receptor gene (5-HT1A) modulates alexithymic characteristics and attachment orientation.Psychoneuroendocrinology, 50, 274-279.

10.      Gong, P., Liu, J., Li, S., & Zhou, X. (2014). Dopamine beta-hydroxylase (DBH) gene modulates individuals' empathic ability. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 9, 1341-1345.

11.      Li, S., Jiang. X., Yu., H., & Zhou, X. (2014). Cognitive empathy modulates the processing of pragmatic constraints during sentence comprehension. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 9, 1166-1174.

12.      Yu, H., Hu, J., Hu, L., & Zhou, X. (2014). The voice of conscience: Neural bases of interpersonal guilt and compensation. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 9, 1150-1158.


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