Yina Ma

Dr. Yina Ma is currently the director of Social & Affective NeuroPharmacology (SANP) Lab, Principal Investigator and full professor at State Key Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience and Learning, and IDG/McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Beijing Normal University. She obtained her Ph.D. degree in Cognitive Neuroscience at Peking University in 2012, and was a Research Scientist at Dartmouth College and Johns Hopkins University from 2012 to 2015. Integrating neuroscience techniques, pharmacological challenge, computational modeling and disorder models, her research group aims to elucidate the neurobiological mechanisms underlying social decision-making during interpersonal and intergroup interactions and to reveal how the mechanisms are altered. These findings have been published on high-profile journals such as Nature Neuroscience, PNAS, Molecular Psychiatry, Brain, Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Cerebral Cortex, Neuropsychopharmacology, British Journal of Psychiatry, etc. She is elected member of the Executive Committee at the Social and Affective Neuroscience Society, and currently serving at the editorial boards of Emotion, Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. The long-term goals of the SANP Lab are to uncover the central neurobiological determinants of human social behaviors, and to integrate its empirical findings with public mental health issues to promote wellbeing, social functioning, and treatment for related mental disorders.

Jiaxin Yang

Jiaxin Yang received her Master's degree of Psychology from Beijing Normal University. She is interested in crowd cognition and particularly excited about how and why individual and group interactions can improve (or undermine) collective decision-making. Integrating neuroscience techniques (e.g. fNIRS-hyperscanning, fMRI, intracranial EEG), computational modeling, and neuropharmacological modulation, she aims to characterize the interpersonal cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying wise and madding crowds.
Email: y_angjiaxin{at}

Xiaoyu Zeng

Xiaoyu Zeng received his Bachelor's degree of psychology from Zhengzhou University. His main interest lie in the human decision making under conflict (e.g., self-control that invovles conflict between short-term temptation and long-term goal). Integrating neuroscience techniques (e.g., fMRI, intracranial EEG), computational modeling and neuropharmacological modulation, he aims to unveil the neurocognitive mechanisms of how people make difficult choices in conflict, and to help people resolute such conflict and make better choices.
Email: xiaoyuzengpsy{at}

Jun Ni

Jun received his BS degree in Biomedical Engineering from Southeast University. He is generally interested in how human beings make social decisions during dynamic interactions. He has research experience in psychological experiment, computational modelling and neural imaging analysis. See his profile.
Email: junnisanp{at}

Yuchi Yan

Yuchi Yan received his Master’s degree of Applied Psychology from Southwest University. He is primarily interested in how the human brain forms narrative understanding from perceptual information and how past information influences the understanding of future events.
Email: asdyanyuchi{at}

Hui-xin Tan

Hui-xin Tan has received her Bachelor’s degree of psychology in Sun Yat-sen university. She currently works on using intracranial EEG to investigate the neural dynamics about empathy and social decision making. She is particularly interested in interregional communications underlying social decision making.
Email: 202121061040{at}

Jiaxin Wang

Jiaxin Wang received his Bachelor's degree from the Department of Physics at Beijing Normal University. He is currently focusing on the neural and computational mechanisms of human cooperative behavior in a dynamic social environment.
Email: jiaxin.w{at}

Huanjia Li

Huanjia Li received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology at Southwest University. She is primarily interested in unveiling the psychological and neural underpinnings of social decision-making, by integrating behavioral, computational, and neuroimaging methodologies. Currently, she is engaged in investigating trusting behaviors and the corresponding neural mechanisms using intracranial EEG.
Email: huanjiali_sanp{at}

Yu-tong Li

Yu-tong Li has received her Bachelor’s degree of psychology in Beijing Sport University. She is currently using intracranial EEG techniques to investigate the neural dynamics of inter-temporal choices in humans. She is interested in how people strategically integrate or compare different attributes to make decisions.
Email: yutonglisanp{at}


Xinyuan Yan

Danyang Wang

Hejing Zhang

Wenying Yuan

Shiyi Li

Xue Yong

Chenxiao Hao

Hanyang Chen

Zizhou Li

Xiaoyu Zhou

Wenhao Huang

Chunliang Feng

Di Wu

Shuying Zheng

Zhengxuan Li

Yunzhe Liu

Jiayin Xing

Yi Zeng

Yue Li

Yanyan Su

Xinzhuo Zou

Zuowei Chen

Chunyang Yang

Rongzi Ma

Zhengxin Gong

Undergraduate students

Yuhao Zhu

Yuan Qi

Hongyu Chen

Zexuan Zhang

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