For a full list of my publication, please see my google scholar page or Academia profile

Moral cognition

Yu, H., Siegel, J.Z., & Crockett, M.J. (2019). Modeling Morality in 3‐D: Decision‐Making, Judgment, and Inference. Topics in Cognitive Science. (Open Access)

Social emotions

Yu, H*., Koban, L*., Chang, L. J., Wagner, U., Krishnan, A., Vuilleumier, P., ... & Wager, T. D. (accepted). A generalizable multivariate brain pattern for interpersonal guilt. Cerebral Cortex. Preprint

Li, Z*., Yu, H*., Zhou, Y., Kalenscher, T., & Zhou, X. (2020). Guilty by association: How group-based (collective) guilt arises in the brain. NeuroImage, 209, 116488. Open Access.

Gao, X., Jolly, E., Yu, H., Liu, H., Zhou, X., & Chang, L. J. (2020). The hidden cost of receiving favors: A theory of indebtedness. bioRxiv Preprint.

Gao, X*., Yu, H*., Sáez, I., Blue, P.R., Zhu, L., Hsu, M., & Zhou, X. (2018).Distinguishing neural correlates of context-dependent advantageous- and disadvantageous-inequity aversion. PNAS, 115 (33) E7680-E7689. Free from Publisher.  

Yu, H*., Gao, X*., Zhou, Y., & Zhou, X. (2018). Decomposing gratitude: representation and integration of cognitive antecedents of gratitude in the brain. The Journal of Neuroscience, 38(21), 4886-4898. Free from Publisher

Yu, H., Duan, Y., & Zhou, X. (2017). Guilt in the eyes: Eye movement and physiological evidence for guilt-induced social avoidance. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 71, 128 - 137. Journal link

Yu, H*., Cai, Q*., Shen, B., Gao, X., & Zhou, X. (2017). Neural substrates and social consequences of interpersonal gratitude: Intention matters. Emotion, 17(4), 589 - 601. Journal link

Hu, J., Li, Y., Yin, Y., Blue, P. R., Yu, H., & Zhou, X. (2017). How do self-interest and other-need interact in the brain to determine altruistic behavior? NeuroImage, 157, 598 - 611.

Sun, Y*., Yu, H*., Chen, J*., Liang, J., Lu, L., Zhou, X., & Shi, J. (2016). Neural substrates and behavioral profiles of romantic jealousy and its temporal dynamics. Scientific reports, 6. Open Access

Yu, H., Shen, B., Yin, Y., Blue, P. R., & Chang, L. J. (2015). Dissociating guilt-and inequity-aversion in cooperation and norm compliance. Journal of Neuroscience, 35(24), 8973-8975. Free from Publisher

Cao, Y*., Yu, H*., Wu, Y., & Zhou, X. (2015). Can money heal all wounds? Social exchange norm modulates the preference for monetary versus social compensationFrontiers in Psychology, 6. Open Access

Beyens, U*., Yu, H*., Han, T*., Zhang, L., & Zhou, X. (2015). The strength of a remorseful heart: Psychological and neural basis of how apology emolliates reactive aggression and promotes forgiveness. Frontiers in Psychology, 6. Open Access

Yu, H., Hu, J., Hu, L., & Zhou, X. (2014). The voice of conscience: Neural bases of interpersonal guilt and compensationSocial Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 9(8), 1150-1158. Free from Publisher

Yu, H., Zhou, Z., & Zhou, X. (2013). The amygdalostriatal and corticostriatal effective connectivity in anticipation and evaluation of facial attractiveness. Brain and cognition, 82(3), 291-300.

Yu, H., Chen, X., Liu, J., & Zhou, X. (2013). Gum chewing inhibits the sensory processing and the propagation of stress-related information in a brain network. PloS One, 8(4), e57111.

Social norm and punishment

Nußberger, A. M., Montgomery, M., Luo, Y., & Yu, H. (2017). Commentary: Parsing the Behavioral and Brain Mechanisms of Third-Party Punishment. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 11, 374.

Yin, Y*., Yu, H*., Su, Z., Zhang, Y., & Zhou, X. (2017). Lateral prefrontal/orbitofrontal cortex has different roles in norm compliance in gain and loss domains: a transcranial current stimulation (tDCS) study. European Journal of Neuroscience

Zhang, Y*., Yu, H*., Yin, Y., & Zhou, X. (2016). Intention modulates the effect of punishment threat in norm enforcement via the lateral orbitofrontal cortex. Journal of Neuroscience, 36(35), 9217-9226

Hu, J., Blue, P. R., Yu, H., Gong, X., Xiang, Y., Jiang, C., & Zhou, X. (2016). Social status modulates the neural response to unfairness. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 11(1), 1-10.

Yu, H., Li, J., & Zhou, X. (2015). Neural substrates of intention–consequence integration and its impact on reactive punishment in interpersonal transgression. Journal of Neuroscience, 35(12), 4917-4925.

Wu, Y*., Yu, H*., Shen, B., Yu, R., Zhou, Z., Zhang, G., ... & Zhou, X. (2014). Neural basis of increased costly norm enforcement under adversity. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 9(12), 1862-1871.

Value-based attention

Wang, L., Yu, H., Hu, J., Theeuwes, J., Gong, X., Xiang, Y., ... & Zhou, X. (2015). Reward breaks through center‐surround inhibition via anterior insula. Human Brain Mapping, 36(12), 5233-5251.

Wang, L., Yu, H., & Zhou, X. (2013). Interaction between value and perceptual salience in value-driven attentional capture. Journal of Vision, 13(3), 5-5.

Language processing

Feng, W., Wu, Y., Jan, C., Yu, H., Jiang, X., & Zhou, X. (2017). Effects of contextual relevance on pragmatic inference during conversation: An fMRI study. Brain and Language, 171, 52-61.

Li, S*., Jiang, X*., Yu, H*., & Zhou, X. (2014). Cognitive empathy modulates the processing of pragmatic constraints during sentence comprehension. Social cognitive and affective neuroscience, 9(8), 1166-1174.


Zhan, J., Yu, H., & Zhou, X. (2013). fMRI evidence for the interaction between orthography and phonology in reading Chinese compound words. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, 753.


Yu, H., Gong, L., Qiu, Y., & Zhou, X. (2011). Seeing Chinese characters in action: An fMRI study of the perception of writing sequences. Brain and Language, 119(2), 60-67.

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