Perceptual system & Control system & Psychosis
The effective and dynamic communication between perceptual system and control system in the brain is critical for human to adapt the dynamic environment and inform coherent self-experiences.
Traditionally, psychosis is regarded as a disorder of impaired high-order cognition, increasing evidence indicate the impairment of low-level perceptual system should not be ignored. A deeper understanding of low-level perceptual system and its interactions with high-order control system helps develop the novel intervention strategies, such as complementary sensory-based therapies, which may help to diminish perceptual incoherence and thus improve coherent self-experiences in psychosis. My research involves cross sectional and longitudinal intervention studies with aims to build the circuit mechanism from local, meso to global scale using a diverse set of advanced image methods.
Meta-analysis & Mental illness
Is there common truth behind all conceptually similar scientific studies? The increasing number of individual studies have generated various and confused results. Meta-analytical analysis offers us an opportunity to quantitatively integrate the varied results. I am particularly interested in using neuroimaging meta-analysis to find the reliable and common truth behind the mental illness, further building neural mechanism model for mental illness.
Reward & Control & Eating behavior
(previous research interest, Occasional engagement now )
Losing weight is always the hot topic, especially in young women. Why some people can lose weight successfully, but some not? Although there are various influence factors of unsuccessful weight control, neuroimaging studies indicate heighted brain activation of reward system and reduced activation of executive control system exist in the unsuccessful dieters when facing the delicious high calorie food. I am interested in how the baseline neural activity predicts the outcome of weight control.