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Decision Neuroscience Lab

Morality

 
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
Academic positions:
​        Associate Professor, Hong Kong Baptist University; 
        Associate Director, Life Science Imaging Center (LSIC), HKBU;
        Associate Editor, Neurobiology of Stress (IF=7.142, 2021)
       
Google scholar profile  (total citations > 6000; H index=41, papers>160) 
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0123-1524  Scopus   OSF  LinkedIn
Email: rongjunyu@hkbu.edu.hk

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)

Opportunities 

For Ph.D. scholarship (multiple positions)

      Interdisciplinary research under the Faculty of Social Sciences.

 

Postdoctoral positions (multiple positions available in 2025)

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/Scientific officer X2 (LSIC): 

https://lsic.hkbu.edu.hk/

Selected research grants as PI

        Major Hong Kong GRC grants: 

"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

Brain Connectome of model-based learning and cognitive flexibility in gifted individuals, NSFC/RGC Joint Research Scheme - 2023/24

        Internal grant:        Research Network on Healthy Aging;        The neural basis of leadership: a neuromanagement approach; 

        Completed grants in Singapore

"Visual saliency and reward saliency guide decision making"

S$498,558=HKD 2.5M, 2018-20, Tier 2, Ministry of Education (MOE), Singapore

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

S$250,000=HKD 0.75M, 2017-19,  Young Individual Research Grant, National Medical Research Council  (NMRC), 

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

S$877,800=HKD 4.5M, 2018-21,  Social Science Research Thematic Grant, MOE, Singapore

Teaching

      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

Membership

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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