We focus on Neuroeconomics a.k.a. Decision Neuroscience, a nascent area that is at the intersection between neuroscience and social science disciplines. The broad goal of our research is to understand the cognitive and neurobiological foundation of social decision-making at the mechanistic level. Our work uses neuroscience techniques and models of economic choice to identify neural substrates of complex social behavior, in healthy and clinical populations, in adults and children. Read more...



Mar 3, 2021

A new paper by Qingtian Mi and Cong Wang, in collaboration with Colin Camerer, now at Science Advances, demonstrating a neural generative process, subserved by the frontal-striatal circuit, that underlies our ability to read between the lines.

Dec 3, 2020

Congratulations to Yunlu, a lab alumnus, who is now going to become an assistant professor at the School of Management, Fudan University. Wish him the very best of luck!      

Oct 10, 2019

How does the human brain read between the lines? Our latest preprint demonstrates that recovering the unstated meaning in communication involves simulating speaker choices in vmPFC in a rational,  automatic, and context-specific manner.      

Interested in participating our experiments?

We regularly recruit healthy adults and/or adolescents to participate in various kinds of decision-making experiments. Please follow us on weChat for the latest information about our studies. 


If you’re excited about working at the interface of social and biological sciences –– studying human nature using neuroscience, game theory, and computational modeling, this is the lab you need to be in! We are currently looking for talented postdocs and graduate students with training in computer science, mathematics, physics, economics, psychology, neuroscience, or appropriate engineering disciplines.  


  • PostdocWe are interested in candidates with a background in cognitive neuroscience, behavioral economics, machine learning, linguistics, or related fields. Expertise in natural language processing, EEG/MEG, TMS, eye tracking, and computational modeling is particularly welcome. The appointment typically lasts for two years and can be extended contingent upon research performance. Salary is highly competitive and will be commensurate with experience and qualification. 


  • Ph.D. Student: Students interested in our Ph.D. positions are strongly recommended to apply for a short-term research intern in our lab first (e.g. summer intern). Qualified applicants will have the opportunity of working with our graduate students and getting to know the lab better. The length of the intern may vary depending on individual cases.   


  • Undergraduate Student: We are happy to offer a research assistantship for talented undergraduate students who are interested in our work and hope to enhance the learning experience through engaging in academic research. Positions are open throughout the year. Students from all majors are welcome to apply. 



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School of Psychological and Cognitive Sciences, PKU-Tsinghua Center for Life SciencesIDG/McGovern Institute for Brain Research

Peking University

Address: 52 Haidian Rd, Wang Kezhen Bldg,  Room 1104, Haidian, Beijing, China,  100871




北京大学 心理与认知科学学院北大-清华生命科学联合中心 IDG/麦戈文脑科学研究所

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