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Aging and Decision-Making Lab
Lingnan University, Hong Kong


About the PI

Research Interests

My primary research interest lies in understanding the psychological and neural mechanisms of social and economic decision-making in both young and older adults. 

Professional Experience

2020.08 - present:  Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Lingnan University, Hong Kong, China

2021.08 - present:  Associate Director, Wofoo Joseph Lee Consulting and Counselling Psychology Research Centre (WJLCCPRC), Lingnan University, Hong Kong, China

2019-2020: Postdoc, University of Pennsylvania, Supervisor: Joseph Kable

2015 - 2019: Ph.D., National University of Singapore, Singapore.

Supervisor: Richard P. Ebstein.

Thesis: Aging and decision-making in Singaporean elderly

Post-Graduate Student Supervision

Chris M. STOLLE, Hong Kong Ph.D. Fellowship Scheme Awardee 2022

Yaqi YANG (co-supervision)


Young Researcher Output Award (2022), Lingnan University

Course Teaching

PSY3209 Cognitive Psychology (AY2020-2021)

PSY3103 Psychology of Human Performance and Technology Engineering

CLE9032 Emotional Happiness

Ph.D. Student Opportunities

Hong Kong Ph.D. Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS)

Financial support at Lingnan Univeristy

Lingnan online application system

In collaboration with Dr. Rongjun Yu, (see job opportunities at HKBU)




  1. Huang, Y., Huang, X., Yu, R. (2023). The effectiveness of behavioral nudges and financial incentivization on COVID-19 vaccination: a meta-analysis. Health Psychology. 

  2. Huang, Y., Li, M., & Yu, R. (2022). Choice reminder modulates choice-induced preference change in older adults. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B. [PDF]

  3. Huang, Y., Pornpattananangkul, N., Kok, B. C., Chai, J., Feng, L., & Yu, R. (2022). Getting over past mistakes: prospective and retrospective regret in older adults. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B. [PDF]

  4. Huang Y., Huang X., Ebstein R., Yu R. (2021). Intranasal Oxytocin in the Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Multilevel Meta-Analysis. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews 122:18–27.  PDF

  5. Huang Y., Yaple Z., Yu R. (2020). Goal-oriented and habitual decisions: Neural signatures of model-based and model-free learning. Neuroimage. [PDF]

  6. Huang, Y., Zhen, S., & Yu, R. (2019). Distinct neural patterns underlying ingroup and outgroup conformity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 201819421. [PDF]

  7. Huang, Y., Siong, Y.O., San Lai, P., Yu, R., Chew, S.H., Gwee, X., Nyunt, M.S.Z., Gao, Q., Ng, T.P., Ebstein, R.P. and Gouin, J.P., (2019). Successful aging, cognitive function, socioeconomic status, and leukocyte telomere length. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 103, 180-187. [PDF]

  8. Huang, Y., Chai, J., Feng, L., & Yu, R. (2020). Older adults show diminished sensitivity to potential losses in social bargaining. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B, 75(8), 1699-1704. [PDF]

  9. Huang, Y., & Yu, R. (2019). Common and distinct neural substrates of the money illusion in win and loss domains. NeuroImage, 184, 109-118. [PDF]

  10. Huang Y., Kendrick KM., Yu R. (2014). Conformity to the Opinions of Other People Lasts for No More Than 3 Days. Psychological Science. 25(7): 1388-1393. [PDF]

  11. Huang, Y., Kendrick, K. M., Zheng, H., & Yu, R. (2015). Oxytocin enhances implicit social conformity to both in-group and out-group opinions. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 60, 114-119. [PDF]

  12. Huang Y., Kendrick KM., Yu R. (2014). Social conflicts elicit an N400-like component. Neuropsychologia. 65 (2014) 211–220. [PDF]

  13. Huang Y., Yu R. (2014). The feedback-related negativity reflects “more or less” prediction error in appetitive and aversive conditions. Frontiers in Neuroscience. 8: 108. [PDF]

  14. Yu R., Huang Y. (2013). A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore: The illusion of money and the rapid encoding of its true value. Plos One. 8(1): e55025. [PDF]

Co-Author Contribution

  1. Liu, C., Huang Y., Chen L., Yu R. (2020) Lack of Evidence for the Effect of Oxytocin on Placebo Analgesia and Nocebo Hyperalgesia. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics. [PDF]

  2. Li, J., Sun, Y., Huang, Y., Bezerianos, A., & Yu, R. (2018). Machine learning technique reveals intrinsic characteristics of schizophrenia: an alternative method. Brain Imaging and Behavior, 1-11. [PDF]

  3. Pornpattananangkul, N., Kok, B. C., Chai, J., Huang, Y., Feng, L., & Yu, R. (2018). Choosing for you: Diminished self–other discrepancies in financial decisions under risk in the elderly. Psychology and Aging, 33(6), 871. [PDF]

  4. Wang S*., Yu R*., Tyszka M., Zhen S., Kovach C., Sun S., Huang Y., Hurlemann R., Ross I., Chung J., Mamelak A., Adolphs R., Rutishauser U* (2017). The human amygdala parametrically encodes the intensity of specific facial emotions and their categorical ambiguity. Nature Communications. 8:14821. [PDF]

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