Principal Investigator

Shihui Han
Social and Cultural Neuroscience




Research Interests:

Prof. Shihui Han and the Culture and Social Cognitive Neuroscience lab study cultural and genetic influences on psychological and neural mechanisms underlying social cognition and social behavior by integrating social/cultural psychology and brain imaging such as fMRI/EEG. Their research aims to clarify how the brain represents self-related information (self-referential processing), how the brain understands and shares others’ emotion (empathy), and how the brain processes death-related information and the related effects on other social cognitive/affective processes.



Selected Publications:

1. Ma, Y. *, Li, S., Wang, C., Liu, Y., Li, W., Yan, X., Chen, Q., Han, S.* (2016). Distinct oxytocin effects on belief updating in response to desirable and undesirable feedback. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 113, 9256-9261.

2. Sheng, F., Han, X., Han, S. * (2016). Dissociated neural representations of pain expressions of different races. Cerebral Cortex, 26, 1221-1233.

3. Luo, S., Yu, D., Han, S. * (2016). Genetic and neural correlates of romantic relationship satisfaction. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 11, 337-348.

4. Ma, Y. *, Shamay-Tsoory, S., Han, S., Zink, C. (2016). Oxytocin and social adaptation: Insights from neuroimaging studies of healthy and clinical populations. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 20, 133-145.

5. Han, S. *, Ma. Y. * (2015). A culture-behavior-brain loop model of human development. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 9, 666-676.

6. Mu, Y., Kitayama, S., Han, S., Gelfand, M. (2015). How culture gets embrained: Cultural differences in event-related potentials of social norm violations. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 112, 15348-15353.

7. Ma, Y. * , Liu, Y., Rand, D., Heatherton, T., Han, S. * (2015). Opposing oxytocin effects on inter-group cooperative behavior in intuitive and reflective minds. Neuropsychopharmacology, 40, 2379-2387.

8. Ma, Y. *, Li, B., Wang, C., Zhang, W., Rao., Y., Han, S. * (2015). Genetic difference in acute citalopram effects on human emotional network. British Journal of Psychiatry, 206, 385-392.

9. Mahmoodi, A., Bang, D., Olsen, K., Zhao, Y. A., Shi, Z., Broberg, K., Safavi, S., Han, S., Ahmadabadi, M. N., Frith, C, D., Roepstorff, A., Rees, G., Bahrami, B. (2015). An equality bias impairs collective decision-making across cultures. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. 112, 3835-3840.

10. Zhou, B., Yang, S., Zhang, T., Mao, L., Han, S. * (2014). Visual feature processing in the early visual cortex affects duration perception. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. 143, 1893-1902.

11. Ma, Y. , Li, B., Wang, C., Shi, Z., Sun, Y., Sheng, F., Zhang, Y., Zhang, W., Rao, Y., Han, S. * (2014). 5-HTTLPR polymorphism modulates neural mechanisms of negative self-reflection. Cerebral Cortex, 24, 2421–2429.

12. Ma, Y., Bang, D., Wang, C., Allen, M., Frith, C., Roepstorff, A., Han, S. * (2014). Sociocultural patterning of neural activity during self-reflection. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 9, 73-80.

13. Li, N., Ma, N., Liu, Y., He, X., Sun, D., Fu, X., Zhang, X., Han, S., Zhang, D. (2013). Resting state functional connectivity predicts impulsivity in economic decision-making. Journal of Neuroscience, 33, 4886-4895.

14. Han, S. *, Northoff, G., Vogeley, K., Wexler, B. E., Kitayama, S., Varnum, M. E. W. (2013). A cultural neuroscience approach to the biosocial nature of the human brain. Annual Review of Psychology, 64, 335–359.

15. Sheng, F., Han, S. * (2012). Manipulations of cognitive strategies and intergroup relationships reduce the racial bias in empathic neural responses. NeuroImage, 61, 786-797.

16. Ma, Y., Han, S. * (2011). Neural representation of self-concept in sighted and congenitally blind adults. Brain, 134, 235-246.

17. Ma, Y., Han, S.* (2010). Why respond faster to the self than others? An implicit positive association theory of self advantage during implicit face recognition. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 36, 619-633.

18. Xu, X., Zuo, X., Wang, X., Han, S. * (2009). Do you feel my pain? Racial group membership modulates empathic neural responses. Journal of Neuroscience, 29, 8525-8529.

19. Han, S. *, Northoff, G. (2008). Culture-sensitive neural substrates of human cognition: A transcultural neuroimaging approach. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 9, 646-654.

20. Zhu, Y., Zhang, L., Fan, J., Han, S. (2007). Neural basis of cultural influence on self representation. NeuroImage, 34, 1310-1317.

21. Sui, J., Han, S. * (2007). Self-construal priming modulates neural substrates of self-awareness. Psychological Science, 18, 861-866.

22. Han, S. *, Jiang, Y., Gu, H., Rao, H., Mao, L., Cui, Y., Zhai, R. (2004). The role of human parietal cortex in attention networks. Brain, 127, 650-659.

23. Han, S. *, Humphreys, G.W., Chen, L. (1999). Parallel and competitive processes in hierarchical analysis: Perceptual grouping and encoding of closure. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 25, 1411-1432.

24. Han, S. *, Fan, S., Chen, L., Zhuo, Y. (1997). On the different processing of wholes and parts: A psychophysiological study. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 9, 686-697.



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