Lab PI: Rongjun YU,  PhD (Univ. of Cambridge 2011)
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Current appointment:  
2020 -- tenured Associate Professor, Department of Management, School of Business, Hong Kong Baptist Univ.
PI, Department of Sport, Physical Education and Health, Faculty of Social Sciences, HKBU;
PI, Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, HKBU
Our lab is supported by the System Health Lab, Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies, HKBU.
Office: The Wing Lung Bank Building for Business Studies WLB 722.  Ext. 3411 7581
We use behavioral and neuroscience methods to study economic and social decision making in young adults, children/adolescents/older adults, and patients with psychiatric disorders.
Research facilities:
A research-dedicated 3T MRI scanner (2021---),
EEG systems, eye-tracking, fNIRS. 
Editorship:     2020-present, Associate editor, Neurobiology of Stress (IF=7.197)

PhD students (Deadline: March/April for the regular track, Dec 1st for HKPFS)


Can choose one of the three departments (co-supervision arrangement is preferred):

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 sport neuroscience)

Department of Physics (on brain imaging methods)

Only high calibre students will be nominated for Hong Kong PhD fellowship.

The regular-track students will be supported by university funds.

Postdoctoral positions (on a continuous basis)

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.

Feel free to drop me an email and find out more (


Most recent publications:

Huang Y., Huang X., Ebstein R., Yu R. (2021). Intranasal Oxytocin in the Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Multilevel Meta-Analysis. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews 122:18–27.  pdf

Fu J., Wu S., Liu C., Camilleri J., Eickhoff S., Yu R. Distinct neural networks subserve placebo analgesia and nocebo hyperalgesia. Neuroimage.  link pdf

Wu S., Sun S., Camilleri J., Eickhoff S., Yu R. Better the devil you know than the devil you don't: Neural processing of risk and ambiguity. Neuroimage.  link 

Zhen S., Chowdhury A., Yu R. (2021). The neural underpinnings of allocentric thinking in a novel signaling task. Neuroimagepdf

Zhen S., Yu R. (2021). Neural correlates of recursive thinking during interpersonal strategic interactions. Human Brain Mapping. link  pdf

Yaple Z., Tolomeo S., Yu R. (2021). Abnormal prediction error processing in schizophrenia and depression. Human Brain Mapping. pdf

Wen Z., Yu R. Unconscious preparation: effects of prime visibility on semantic generalization of task-priming. British Journal of Psychology

Research approaches

Neuroimaging: simultaneous fMRI+EEG, fNIRS, hyperscanning

Behavioural:  Computational modelling, Eye tracking,

Pharmacological manipulation (e.g. Oxytocin), 

Research areas
Decision making under stress
Decision making in older adults
Computational psychiatry
Decision biases
Organizational neuroscience/organizational behavior


      Brain Science for Business (in prep., 2021--)

         Brain Science for Management (in prep., 2022--) 


       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

Ad Hoc Journal Review (selected)

Nature Communications, PNAS, eLife, Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews,

Journal of Neuroscience, Cerebral Cortex, Neuroimage, HBM,

Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience,
Child Development, Translational Psychiatry, Psychoneuroendocrinology,
Behavior Research Methods,


Journal impact factors and our selected publications


Science                                                                                IF=41    2009

Psychological bulletin                                                       IF=21    2021
Behavioral and brain sciences                                        IF=17     2012; 2018
PNAS                                                                                   IF=10     2010; 2019
Nature communications                                                  IF=12;   2017
Neuroscience & biobehavioral reviews                         IF=9      2019; 2021

Neuroscience journals

Journal of neuroscience                                                   IF=5.7  2010; 2013
Cerebral cortex                                                                  IF=5.9  2011; 2020
Neuroimage                                                                       IF=6.7 

                                                               15;17; 19; 20; 20; 21a;21b;21c

Human brain mapping                                                     IF=4.5 

                                                              1414;14;14; 18;20;20;21a; 21b

Cortex                                                                                  IF=4.7
Journal of cognitive neuroscience                                  IF=4.7


Social cognitive and affective neuroscience                  IF=4.5

Brain structure and function                                           IF=4.0
Brain imaging and behavior                                            IF=3.4
Neuropsychologia                                                             IF=3.4
Psychophysiology                                                              IF=3.4
Neurobiology of learning and memory                         IF=3.4

Clinical journals

Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics                              IF=14.9    2020

Neurobiology of stress                                                     IF=7.2      16;18;19;20; 21

Pain                                                                                      IF=6

psychological medicine                                                     IF=5.6

Psychoneuroendocrinology                                             IF=4.8     15; 17; 19; 19
Hormones and behavior                                                  IF=4.0     16; 20
Journal of affective disorders                                          IF=4.2
Addiction biology                                                               IF=4.2

schizophrenia research                                                     IF=3.8

Psychology journals

Psychological science                                                         IF=7          2014
Journal of Experimental Psychology: General                IF=5.3       2020

Aging                                                                                     IF=5.5       2020

Journal of gerontology: psychological science               IF=3.9       17;19
Psychology and aging                                                         IF=3.7       18;

Journal of experimental social psychology                     IF=3.6
Journal of behavioral decision making                            IF=1.8
Cyberpsychology, behavior, and social networking      IF=2.7 

Selected Media Coverage

Straits times;

Science Daily;