Rongjun Yu

R YUAssistant Professor

Office: Block AS4 #02-17

Tel.: 66013946

National University of Singapore
Department of Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
9 Arts Link, Singapore 117570


Ph.D. 2011 University of Cambridge, UK

M.S. 2007 Peking University, China

B.S. 2005 Nankai University, China


Human Brain Mapping trainee abstract travel award 2010

Guarantors of Brain travel award 2009

Research Publications

Yu R*., Hu P., Zhang P. (2015). Social distance and anonymity modulate fairness consideration: An ERP study. Scientific Reports.5, 13452.

Sun S, Yao Z, Wei J and Yu R*. (2015). Calm and Smart? A Selective Review on Effects of Meditation on Decision Making. Frontiers in Psychology. 6:1059.

Mobbs D +., Hagan CC+.,  Yu R., Takahashi H., FeldmanHall O., Calder AJ., Dalgleish T. (2015). Reflected Glory and Failure: The role of the medial prefrontal cortex and ventral striatum in self vs. other relevance during advice-giving outcomes. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. doi:10.1093/scan/nsv020.

Huang Y., Kendrick K., Zheng H., Yu R* (2015). Oxytocin enhances implicit social conformity to both in-group and out-group opinions. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 60:114-119.

Freeman S+., Yu R+., Egorova N., Chen X., Kirsch I., Claggett B., Kaptchuk TJ., Gollub R., Kong J. (2015). Distinct neural representations of placebo and nocebo effect. Neuroimage. 112: 197-207.

Egorova N+., Yu R+., Kaur N., Vangel M., Gollub R., Dougherty DD., Kong J. Camprodon J. (2015). Neuromodulation of conditioned placebo/nocebo in heat pain: anodal vs. cathodal transcranial direct current stimulation to the right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. Pain. 156: 1342–1347

Yu R*. (2015). Chocking under pressure: The neuropsychological mechanisms for incentives induced performance decrements. ​​Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience.​​​ 9:19. doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2015.00019.

Cheng W., Palaniyappan L., Li M., Kendrick K., Zhang J., Luo Q., Liu Z., Yu R. et al. (2015). Voxel-based, brain-wide association study of aberrant functional connectivity in schizophrenia implicates thalamocortical circuitry. NPJ Schizophrenia.

Lim K., Yu R*. (2015). Aging and wisdom: age-related changes in economic and social decision making. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience. 7:120.

Luo J., Yu R. (2015). Follow the heart or the head? The interactive influence model of emotion and cognition. Frontiers in Psychology. 6:573.

Wang H, Rau C, Li Y, Chen YP, Yu R*. (2015). Disrupted thalamic resting-state functional networks in schizophrenia. ​​Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience.​​​ 9:45.

Zhan X., Yu R*. (2015). A window into the brain: advances in psychiatric fMRI. BioMed Research International. 542467

Yu R*. (2015). Chocking under pressure: The neuropsychological mechanisms for incentives induced performance decrements. ​​Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience.​​​ 9:19.

Huang Y., Kendrick K., Yu R*. (2014). Social conflicts elicit an N400-like component. Neuropsychologia.​ 65: 211–220.

Yu R*., Gollub R., Spaeth R. Napadow V., Wasan A., Kong J. (2014) Disrupted functional connectivity of the periaqueductal gray in chronic low back pain. Neuroimage: Clinical.6:100-108.

Yu R*. Chen L. (2014). The need to control for regression to the mean for repeated measurements. Frontiers in Psychology. 5:1574.

Zheng H., Luo J., Yu R*. (2014). From memory to prospection: The overlapping and the distinct components between remembering and imagining. Frontiers in Psychology. 5:856.

Hu J., Yu R*. (2014). The neural correlates of the decoy effect in decisions​​​. ​​Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience.​​​ 8:271.

Sun S., Yu R*. (2014). The feedback related negativity encodes both social rejection and explicit social expectancy violation. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 8:556.

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.

Yu R*., Zhang P. (2014). Neural evidence for description dependent reward processing in the framing effect. Frontiers in Neuroscience. 8:56.

Huang Y., Kendrick K., Yu R*. (2014). ​Conformity to the opinions of others lasts for 3 days but no longer. Psychological Science.​ 25(7): 1388-1393.

Yu R., Gollub R., Vangel M., Kaptchuk T., Smoller J., Kong J. (2014) Placebo analgesia and reward processing: Integrating genetics, personality, and intrinsic brain activity. Human Brain Mapping. 35: 4583–4593.

Yu R*., Mobbs D., Seymour B., Rowe J., Calder A. (2014)​. The neural signature of escalating frustration in humans. Cortex.​ 54: 165–178.

Yu R., Chien YL., Wang HL., Liu CM., Liu CC., Hwang TJ., Hsieh MH., Hwu HG., Tseng WY. (2014). Frequency specific alternations in the amplitude of low-frequency fluctuations in schizophrenia. Human Brain Mapping. 35(2):627-37.

Guo SX†., Kendrick KM†., Yu R†., Wang HL., Feng JF. (2014). Key functional circuitry altered in schizophrenia involves parietal regions associated with sense of self. Human Brain Mapping. 35(1):123-139.

Yu R*., Calder AJ., Mobbs D. (2013) Overlapping and distinct representations of advantageous and disadvantageous inequality​. Human Brain Mapping. 35: 3290–3301.

Yu R*. (2013). Revenge, even though it is not your fault. Behavioral and Brain Sciences. 36:40-41.

Wu Y., Yu H., Shen B., Yu R., Zhou Z., Zhang G., Jiang Y., Zhou X. (2014) Neural basis of increased costly norm enforcement under adversity. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. 9(12):1862-71.

Mobbs D., Hassabis D., Yu R., Chu C., Rushworth M. (2013). ​Foraging under competition: The Neural Basis of Input-Matching in Humans. ​Journal of Neuroscience. 33(23):9866 –9872

Guo S., Kendrick KM., Zhang J., Broome M., Yu R., Liu Z., Feng J. (2013) Brain-wide functional inter-hemispheric disconnection is a potential biomarker for schizophrenia and distinguishes it from depression. Neuroimage: Clinical. 2: 818–826

Yu R., Hsieh MH., Wang HLS., Liu CM., Liu CC., Hwang TJ., Chien YL., Hwu HG., Tseng WYI. (2013). Frequency dependent alterations in regional homogeneity of baseline brain activity in schizophrenia. PloS one 8 (3), e57516

Yu R., Liu B., Wang L., Chen J., Liu X. (2013). Enhanced functional connectivity between putamen and supplementary motor area in Parkinson’s disease patients. PloS one 8 (3), e59717

Yu R*., Sun S. (2013). To conform or not to conform: spontaneous conformity diminishes the sensitivity to monetary outcomes. Plos One. 8(5): e64530

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

Wang H†., Yu R†., Wu Y., Lin M., Chen C., Shen E. (2013).The changes of cerebral morphology related to aging in Taiwanese population. Plos One. 8(1): e55241

​​Yang H†., Xiong H†., Yu R†., Wang C., Zheng Y., Zhang X. (2013). ​The characteristic and changes of the event-related potentials (ERP) and brain topographic maps before and after treatment with rTMS in subjective tinnitus. ​Plos One. 8(8): e70831.

Zeng J., Zhang Q., Gong Q., Yu R., Chen C. (2013). An fMRI study on sunk cost effect. Brain Research.1519:63-70

Yang H., Xiong H., Huang Q., Pang J., Zheng X., Chen .L, Yu R., Zheng ​Y. (2013). Compromised potassium recycling in the cochlea contributes to conservation of endocochlear potential ​in a mouse model of age-related hearing loss​​. Neuroscience letters.​ 555:97-101.

Zhang Y., Li L., Yu R*., Liu J., Tang J., Tan L., Liao M., Yang F., Shan B. (2013). White matter integrity alterations in first episode, treatment-naive generalized anxiety disorder. Journal of affective disorders. 148(2) 196–201

Yu R*. (2012) Regional white matter volumes correlate with delay discounting. PLoS One 7(2): e32595.

Deng Z., Yu R., Chen X., Wang S. (2012). Feedback-related negativity encodes outcome uncertainty in the gain domain but not in the loss domain. Neuroscience Letters. 526 (1) 5– 9.

Yu R., Zhou W, Zhou X (2011). Rapid processing of both reward probability and reward uncertainty in the human anterior cingulate cortex. PLoS One 6(12): e29633.

Yu R., Zhao L., Lu L. (2011). Regional grey and white matter changes in heavy male smokers. PLoS One 6(11): e27440.

Yu R., Zhao L., Tian J., Qin W., Wang W., Yuan K., Li Q., Lu L. (2011). Regional homogeneity changes in heavy male smokers: a resting-state functional MRI study. Addiction Biology. 18(4):729-731.

Wang X., Yu R., Zhou X., Liao Y., Tang J., Liu T., Hao W. (2011). Reversible brain white matter microstructure in heroin addicts: a longitudinal study. Addiction Biology. 18(4):727-728.

Yu R*., Mobbs D., Seymour B., Calder AJ. (2010). Insula and striatum mediate the default bias. Journal of Neuroscience. 30(44):14702–14707.

Mobbs D., Yu R., Rowe J., Feldmanhall O., Dalgleish T. (2010). Neural activity associated with monitoring the oscillating threat value of a phylogenetic stimulus. PNAS. 107(47): 20582-20588.

Zhou Z., Yu R., Zhou X. (2010). To do or not to do? Action enlarges the FRN and P300 effects in outcome evaluation. Neuropsychologia, 48: 3606-3613

von dem Hagen EA., Nummenmaa L., Yu R., Engell AD., Ewbank MP., Calder AJ. (2010). Autism spectrum traits in the typical population predict structure and function in the posterior superior temporal sulcus. Cerebral Cortex. 21(3):493-500

Mobbs D., Yu R., Meyer M., Passamonti L., Seymour BJ., Calder AJ., Schweizer S., Frith CD., Dalgleish T. (2009). A key role for similarity in vicarious reward. Science, 324: 900.

Yu R. & Zhou X. (2009). To bet or not to bet? The error negativity or error-related negativity associated with risk-taking choices. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 21(4): 684-96.

Yu R. & Zhou X. (2007). Neuroeconomics: opening the “black box” of economic behavior. Chinese Science Bulletin, 52(9): 1153-1161.

Yu R., Luo Y., Ye Z., & Zhou X. (2007). Does the FRN in brain potential reflect motivational affective consequence of outcome evaluation? Progress in Natural Science, 136-143.

Yu R. & Zhou X. (2006). Brain responses to outcomes of one’s own and the other’s performance in a gambling task. NeuroReport, 17(16): 1747-1751.

Yu R. & Zhou X. (2006). Brain potentials associated with outcome expectation and outcome evaluation. NeuroReport, 17(15): 1649-1653.

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