Principal Investigator









  1. Zhou, Y., Li, W., Gao, T., Pan, X., Han, S. (2023). Neural representation of perceived race mediates the opposite relationship between subcomponents of self-construals and racial outgroup punishment, Cerebral Cortex, in press.
  2. Fan, X., Gao, T., Luo, S., Gelfand, M. J., & Han, S. (2023). Religious afterlife beliefs decrease behavioral avoidance of symbols of mortality. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin,  01461672221096281.
  3. Gao, T., & Han, S. (2023). Distinct neurocognitive mechanisms underlying learning and representations of symbols of life and death. Cerebral Cortex, 33(4):1328-1346.
  4. Zhang, T., Zhou, Y., & Han, S. (2023). Priority of racial and gender categorization of faces: A social task demand framework. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology:Attitudes and Social Cognition, 124(3), 483–520. 
  5. Han, S. (2022). Default beliefs as a basis of social decision-making. Trends in Cognitive Sciences,  26, 1026-1028.
  6. Gao, T., Han, X., Bang, D., & Han, S. (2022). Cultural differences in neurocognitive mechanisms  underlying believing. NeuroImage, 118954.
  7. Han, X., Zhou, S., Fahoum, N., Wu, T., Gao, T., Shamay-Tsoory, S., Gelfand, M. J., Wu, X., Han,  S. (2021). Cognitive and neural bases of decision-making causing civilian casualties during    intergroup conflict. Nature Human Behaviour, 5(9), 1214-1225.
  8. Wu, T., & Han, S. (2021). Neural mechanisms of modulations of empathy and altruism by beliefs of others' pain. eLife, 10, e66043.
  9. Zhou, Y., Han, S. (2021). Neural dynamics of pain expression processing: Alpha-band   synchronization to same-race pain but desynchronization to other-race pain. NeuroImage, 224, 117400.
  10. Han, X., Gelfand, M. J., Wu, B., Zhang, T., Li, W., Gao, T., Pang, C.,Wu, T., Zhou, Y., Zhou, S., Wu, X., Han, S. (2020). A neurobiological association of revenge propensity during intergroup conflict. eLife, 9, e52014.
  11. Zhou, Y., Gao, T., Zhang, T., Li, W., Wu, T., Han, X., Han, S. (2020). Neural dynamics of racial categorization predicts racial bias in face recognition and altruism. Nature Human Behaviour,  4(1), 69-87.
  12. Luo, S., Wu, B., Fan, X., Zhu, Y., Wu, X., & Han, S. (2019). Thoughts of death affect reward learning by modulating salience network activity. NeuroImage, 202, 116068.
  13. Han, S. (2018). Neurocognitive basis of racial ingroup bias in empathy. Trends in Cognitive  Sciences, 22, 400-421.
  14. Luo., S., Yu, D., Han, S. (2017). 5-HTTLPR moderates the association between interdependence  and brain responses to mortality threats. Human Brain Mapping, 38, 6157-6171.
  15. Han, X., Zhang, T., Wang, S., Han, S. (2017). Neural correlates of believing. NeuroImage, 156, 155-165.
  16.  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.
  17. Sheng, F., Han, X., Han, S. * (2016). Dissociated neural representations of pain expressions of different races. Cerebral Cortex, 26, 1221-1233.
  18.  Luo, S., Yu, D., Han, S. * (2016). Genetic and neural correlates of romantic relationship satisfaction. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 11, 337-348.
  19. 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.
  20. Han, S. *, Ma. Y. * (2015). A culture-behavior-brain loop model of human development. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 9, 666-676.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28.  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.
  29. 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.
  30. Sheng, F., Han, S. * (2012). Manipulations of cognitive strategies and intergroup relationships reduce the racial bias in empathic neural responses. NeuroImage, 61, 786-797.
  31. Ma, Y., Han, S. * (2011). Neural representation of self-concept in sighted and congenitally blind adults. Brain, 134, 235-246.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. Han, S. *, Northoff, G. (2008). Culture-sensitive neural substrates of human cognition: A transcultural neuroimaging approach. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 9, 646-654.
  35. Zhu, Y., Zhang, L., Fan, J., Han, S. (2007). Neural basis of cultural influence on self representation. NeuroImage, 34, 1310-1317.
  36. Sui, J., Han, S. * (2007). Self-construal priming modulates neural substrates of self-awareness. Psychological Science, 18, 861-866.
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. 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.