Principal Investigator

Li Yi
pathological mechanisms of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), neurodevelopmental disorders, developmental psychology, early detection

address: Room 1103, No. 52 Haidian Road, Haidian District, Beijing


Research Interests:

Our research interest mainly focusses on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), especially its psychopathological mechanism. Most of our research efforts have been put on understanding the impairments in social information processing in children with ASD. We are also working on developing novel techniques based on objective measures for the early detection and intervention for autism.

The on-going projects in our lab focus on the following themes:

1. neural mechanisms underlying social information processing (social attention, emotion understanding, arousal, sensory sensitivity, ect) in ASD

2. early development and early detection of ASD

3. behavioral and neural heterogeneity within the ASD population


Selected Publications:

  1. Feng, S., Wang, Q., Hu, Y., Lu, H., Li, T., Song, C., Fang., J., Chen, L.*, & Yi, L. * (2022). Improving audiovisual speech integration in autism through enhanced attention to mouth. Developmental Science.
  2. Yi, L. *, Wang, Q., Song, C., Han, Z.* (2022). Hypo-arousal or hyperarousal? the mechanisms underlying social information processing in autism. Child Development Perspectives, 16(4), 215-222.
  3. Wang, Q.*, Lu, H., Feng, S., Song, C., Hu, Y., & Yi, L.* (2022). Investigating intra-individual variability of face scanning in autistic children. Autism, 26(7):1752-1764.
  4. Hu, Y., Xiong, Q., Wang, Q., Song, C., Wang, D., Lu, H., Shi, W., Han, Y.*, Liu, J.*, Li, X.*, & Yi, L. (2022). Early development of social attention in toddlers at high familial risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder. Infant Behavior and Development.
  5. Li, T.#, Li, Y.#, Hu, Y., Wang, Y., Lam, C., Ni, W., Wang, X.*, & Yi, L.* (2021). Heterogeneity of visual preferences for biological and repetitive movements in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism Research, 14(1), 102-111.
  6. Feng, S., Lu, H., Wang, Q., Li, T., Fang, J., Chen, L.*, & Yi, L.* (2022). Face-viewing patterns predict audiovisual speech integration in autistic children. Autism Research, 14, 2592-2602. doi: 10.1002/aur.2598
  7. Feng, S., Lu, H., Fang, J., Li, X., Yi, L.*, & Chen, L.* (2022). Audiovisual speech perception and its relation with temporal processing in children with and without Autism. Reading and Writing:An Interdisciplinary Journal.
  8. Liu, Q.#, Wang, Q.#, Li, X.#, Gong, X., Luo, X., Yin, T., Liu, J.*, & Yi, L.* (2021). Social synchronization during joint attention in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism Research, 14(10), 2120-2130.
  9. Wang, H., Suveg, C., West, K. B., Han, Z. R. *, Zhang, X., Hu, X., & Yi, L. (2021). Synchrony of respiratory sinus arrhythmia (RSA) in parents and children with autism spectrum disorder: Moderation by interaction quality and child behavior problems. Autism Research, 14, 512-522.
  10. Wang, Q., Hoi, S., Wang, Y., Lam, C., Fang, F., Yi, L.* (2020). Gaze response to others' gaze following in children with and without autism. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 129, 320-329.
  11. Wang, Q., Hoi, S. P., Wang, Y.*, Song, C., Li, T., Lam, C., Fang, F., & Yi, L.* (2020). Out of mind, out of sight? Investigating abnormal face scanning in autism spectrum disorder using gaze-contingent paradigm. Developmental Science, 23(3), e12856. doi: 10.1111/desc.12856
  12. Li, T., Li, Y., Hu, Y., Wang, Y., Lam, C., Ni, W., Wang, X.*, & Yi, L.* (in press). Heterogeneity of visual preferences for biological and repetitive movements in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism Research.
  13. Wang, Q., Han, Z., Hu, X., Feng, S., Wang, H., Liu, T.*, & Yi, L.* (2020). Autism symptoms modulate interpersonal neural synchronization in children with autism spectrum disorder in cooperative interactions. Brain Topography, 33(1):112-122. doi: 10.1007/s10548-019-00731-x
  14. Li, T., Decety, J., Hu, X., Li, J., Lin, J., & Yi, L.* (2019). Third-party sociomoral evaluations in children with autism spectrum disorder. Child Development, 90(5), e584-e597. doi: 10.1111/cdev.13206
  15. Zhang, Y., Song, W., Tan, Z., Zhu, H., Wang, Y., Lam, C., Weng, Y., Hoi, S. P., Chan, B., Chen, J.*, & Yi, L. * (2019). Could social robots facilitate children with autism spectrum disorders in learning distrust and deception? Computers in Human Behavior, 98, 140-149. doi: 10.1016/j.chb.2019.04.008
  16. Wang, Q., Lu, L., Zhang, Q., Fang, F., Zou, X., & Yi, L.* (2018). Eye avoidance in young children with autism spectrum disorder is modulated by emotional facial expressions. Journal of Abnormal Psychology. 127(7), 722-732. doi: 10.1037/abn0000372
  17. Liu, W., Li, M.*, & Yi, L.* (2016). Identifying children with Autism Spectrum Disorder based on their face processing abnormality: A machine learning framework. Autism Research, 9(8), 888-898.


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