News Archive

Mar 3, 2021

A new paper on social communication at Science Advances. How do our brain infers the intended meaning of a message? We show for the first time that listener's vmPFC simulates simulates speaker utterance choices in a rational, automatic manner to recover unstated intent in communication.      

Dec 3, 2020

Congratulations to Yunlu Yin, a former trainee in the lab, is now going to become a tenure-track assistant professor in 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 new preprint demonstrates that we recover the unstated meaning in communication through simulating speaker choices in vmPFC in a rational,  automatic, context-specific manner.      

Feb 19, 2019

New paper on strategic learning in lesion patients by Lusha and Yaomin in collaboration with Drs. Ming Hsu and Robert Knight at Nature Communications. Damage to the basal ganglia produces decision-making deficits, but some parts of social behavior are spared.  Our study resolves this puzzle by showing how the brain compensates by invoking computations subserved by other brain regions, specifically the prefrontal cortex.  

Dec 6, 2018

Congratulations to Sizhi and Yunlu on a new paper at eLife. In collaboration with Dr. Jie Shi's lab,  we show for the first time that preferences in simple economic choices, such as choosing between apples and oranges, do not stay sedentary during sleep but can be modulated via the delivery of covert, reward-associated cues.  

May 29, 2017

Lusha has received the research scholarship grant from "1000 Talent Plan for Young Scientists" provided by the Organization Department of China.


Yaomin has been receiving President Scholarship from Peking University.  

Sep 29, 2016

Multiple postdoctoral associate positions are now available. We are interested in candidates with research background in decision neuroscience or related fields. Extensive experience in TMS and/or tDCS is particularly welcome but not required. The appointment will last for two years and can be extended contingent upon research performance. Salary is highly competitive and will be commensurate with experience and qualification. Benefits for postdocs at Peking University typically also include university housing, kindergarten and primary school for children, etc.

Sep 11, 2016

Yaomin Jiang and Qingtian Mi are now formally PhD students. Xinyi Li left the lab for her PhD training at Cornell. Qian Chen from Peking Univeristy, Kehuan Lun from Beijing Normal Univerisity, and Siyu Jiang from Univeristy of Cambridge joined the lab as research assistants. Wish all the best of luck!

Dec 10, 2015

We moved into our new lab

Oct 5, 2015

Yaomin Jiang and Yunlu Yin will bring their research project, Time Pressure Affects the Tradeoff between Honesty and Self-Interest, to the 2015 “Challenge Cup” finals, the biggest “Olympic” event for Chinese college students of academic science and technology (挑战杯全国总决赛).


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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