Zhu, Lusha  

Principal Investigator


School of Psychological and Cognitive Sciences

PKU-Tsinghua Center for Life Sciences 

IDG/McGovern Institute for Brain Research

Peking University, China


Email: lushazhu{AT}pku.edu.cn

Curriculum vitae



Dong, Yulin  

PhD student


My research interests focus on human learning, particularly those related to reinforcement learning. My current research project aims at understanding information-seeking on social networks from a learning perspective. I have bachelor’s degrees in Astrophysics and Psychology from Peking University. 


Email: dongyulin{AT}pku.edu.cn


Guan, Ping  

Lab Manager


Ms. Guan is responsible for everyday administration. Among her many duties, she provides support for communication and Journal Club coordination. Please feel free to contact Ms. Guan if you have questions or requests for the lab.  


Email: guanping{AT}pku.edu.cn


Jiang, Yaomin  

PhD Student


My research interests focus on cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying social learning in humans. In my current project, I aim at understanding how complex social relationships are represented in the brain and integrated with other social information to guide learning. To this end, my project brings together strands of behavioral economics, functional neuroimaging, and social network experiments in lab settings. I have bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Psychology from Peking University. 


Email: yaominjiang{AT}pku.edu.cn

Curriculum vitae

Mi, Qingtian  

PhD Student


My research focuses on human communication, in particular, how individuals encode, transfer, and decode information through communicative signals given communicative contexts. My ongoing projects investigate the neurocomputational mechanism by which the human brain reads between the lines, combining methods from decision neuroscience, machine learning, and experimental and computational linguistics. I have a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Peking University. 



Email: miqingtian{AT}pku.edu.cn

Curriculum vitae


Wang, Cong  

PhD Student

My PhD work focuses on human communication, and, more broadly, how individuals coordinate with one another to achieve mutual goals. Some of my projects adopt a developmental perspective and ask how humans acquire this key social ability and what structural and functional changes in the brain support the development of this function. I hope to provide a more quantitative, mechanistic understanding for these long-standing questions. Prior to joining the lab, I obtained a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Sun Yat-sen University. 


Email: wang.cong{AT}pku.edu.cn

Curriculum vitae


Wu, Haitau

PhD Student

I am broadly interested in human decision-making. My undergrad work mainly focused on preference formation and changes, such as the influence of repeated exposure on preferences. Prior to joining the lab, I obtained my bachelor's degree in Psychology from Peking University.

Email: wuhaitao{AT}pku.edu.cn

Yu, Guihua  

Undergrad RA


What interests me at the moment is why and how people sometimes change their attitude towards particular things, places, or people in a seemingly irrational manner. In our current project, Yaomin and I are trying to develop computational models to predict preference changes in a range of human behavior. I am an undergrad student majoring in psychology and minoring in management at Peking University.


Email: guihuayu{AT}pku.edu.cn

Alumni & Visitors

Xu, Jiaying:

entered as a BA in Government and History from Smith College; RA 2018-2019; now post-bac in Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. 


Zhang, Hanqi

entered as an MS in Psychology from Beijing Normal University; PhD student 2017-2019 under joint supervision by Drs. Xiaofei Xie and Lusha Zhu; now is a Postdoc researcher at the School of Economics and Management, South China Normal University. 


Wang, Yan: 

entered as a BA in Chemistry from Shandong Univ.; RA 2017-2018; now a is a Ph.D. student at Peking Univ.


Jin, Yujia:

entered as an undergrad student in Psychology and Economics at New York University; Summer intern 2017 


Ng, Livia: 

entered as an undergrad student in Neuroscience at University College of London; Summer intern 2017 


Chen, Yixin:

entered as an undergrad in Psychology at Tsinghua Univ.; RA 2017-2018; now a Ph.D. student at Boston Univ.


Yin, Yunlu:

entered as an MS in Psychology from Peking Univ.; RA 2015-2017(first author of this eLife paper); now is a Ph.D. student in Marketing at Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Hong Kong


Jiang, Siyu:

entered as a BA in Psychology from Cambridge; RA 2016-2017 (designer of the lab logo); now is an MS student at New York Univ.


Li, Xinyi

entered as an MS in Neuroscience from University College London; RA in 2016; now is a Ph.D. student at Cornell



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. 



© 2015 Lusha Zhu Lab

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

地址:北京市海淀区海淀路52号王克桢楼1104, 100871