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Decision Neuroscience Lab


Our lab uses behavioral and neuroscience methods (e.g. fMRI/EEG) to study economic and social decision making in young adults, children/adolescents/older adults, and patients with psychiatric disorders.  
Recent projects include Morality, Rationality, and Creativity (MRC). 
Morality: cooperation, trust, lying,
Rationality: decision bias, learning,
Creativity: diversity, disinhibition.
Lab PI: Dr. Rongjun YU, 
        Ph.D. in brain science, MRC-CBUUniversity of Cambridge, 2011
Current positions:
​        Associate Professor, Hong Kong Baptist University; 
        Department of Management, Marketing, and Information Systems (MMIS)School of Business;
       Department of Sport, Physical Education and Health (SPEH);  Faculty of Social Science 
       Associate Director,
        Life Science Imaging Center, HKBU;
Google scholar profile  (total citations > 5000; H index=41, papers>150)  Scopus   OSF  LinkedIn
        Editorship:  2020-present, Associate Editor, Neurobiology of Stress (IF=7.142, 2021)
Awards:      2022/23, Humanities and Social Sciences Prestigious Fellowship Scheme (HSSPFS), UGC, HK.  

                          2015/16, Award for Promising Researcher (APR), NUS, Singapore 


Interested in participating in our studies參與我們的研究:   

New positions :

Radiographers X2 (MRI center): MRI daily operation, start immediately

Research Assistant X2 (MRI center):

Research Associate/scientific officer X2 (MRI center):

Research Scientist X1 (MRI):

In my own lab:

Research Fellow X1 (lab): Social neuroscience-related fields,

RAP X1 (department): Neuromanagement-related areas,

SPEH department hire: Sport neuroscience

For inquiries, send your CV along with your questions to:

Selected publications

Acute stress promotes brain network integration and reduces state transition variability

PNAS (Brief report), 2022 (pdf)    news

Spontaneous dishonesty does not specifically engage the perigenual anterior cingulate cortex

PNAS (letter), 2022 (pdf)

Distinct neural patterns underlying ingroup and outgroup conformity,

PNAS (letter), 2019 (pdf)    

Neural activity associated with monitoring the oscillating threat value of a tarantula,

PNAS (article), 2010 (pdf)

The human amygdala parametrically encodes the intensity of specific facial emotions and their categorical ambiguity,

Nature Communications, 2017 (pdf) 

Testing (quizzing) boosts classroom learning: A systematic and meta-analytic review. 

Psychological Bulletin, 2021 (pdf)

A Key Role for Similarity in Vicarious Reward,

Science, 2009 (pdf)


For Ph.D. scholarship, there are at least three tracks:

1. The Talent 100 PhD Scholarship Scheme (deadline: April 15)

2. Hong Kong Ph.D. fellowship.

3. The System Health Lab track:

Students are expected to work on interdisciplinary topics such as cooperation, creativity, and other social functions. Candidates should apply to one of the two departments first:

Department of Management (GMAT/GRE required) (on organizational neuroscience)

The School of Business at HKBU is triple-accredited by the three most influential business school accreditation associations: the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS), amongst the 1% of business schools worldwide with TRIPLE CROWN STATUS

Department of Sport, Physical Education and Health  (on health-related topics)

Postdoctoral positions (multiple positions available in 2022)

Postdoctoral research fellows will be supported by research grants.

Also, check out RGC postdoctoral fellowship schema.    Hong Kong Scholars Program 香江学者计划

Research assistant professor positions (on a continuous basis)

RAP positions are available in the area of cognitive neuroscience.

check our job ad @ Neuroeconomics job bank.

Selected research grants as PI

"Visual saliency and reward saliency guide decision making"

S$498,558, 2018-2020, Tier 2, Ministry of Education (MOE), Singapore

"Aversive learning and memory under stress: a neuroimaging study"

S$250,000, 2017-2019,  Young Individual Research Grant, National Medical Research Council  (NMRC), Singapore

"You Are What You Surf: Characterizing Preference and Decision-making Styles With Digital Footprints"  

S$877,800, 2018-2021,  Social Science Research Thematic Grant, MOE, Singapore


        Hong Kong: 

"A neurocognitive theory of unethical  behavior and implications for organizational  behavior" funded by the HSSPFS award 

Humanities and Social Sciences Prestigious Fellowship Scheme (HSSPFS) 2022/23 人文學及社會科學傑出學者   Link

        Internal grant:

        Research Network on Healthy Aging;

        The neural basis of leadership: a neuromanagement approach; 


      2021-- now @HKBU

                 BUSI3066 Brain Science for Business  (teaching effectiveness = 4.75 out of 5)


       2014-2020 @NUS:

PL6888 Selected topics in social and cognitive neuroscience

PL5308 Advanced social and cognitive neuroscience

PL4205 Developmental processes     PL4238 Social neuroscience

PL3260 Moral development             PL3289 Lab in decision science


Trainee (former postdoc/PhD) placement

 See Alumni


Academy of Management, Organizational Neuroscience

Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP)

Society for the Neuroscience of Creativity

Society for Neuroeconomics     Social & affective neuroscience society

Organization for Human Brain Mapping

Association for Consumer Research | ACR

 Society for Consumer Psychology (SCP)

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