Dr. Fang Cui

职称:Associate Professor




主要社会兼职主要社会兼职:Committee Member, Chinese General Psychology and Experimental Psychology Professional Committee;Council Member, Guangdong Cognitive Science Association;reviewing editor of Frontiers in Psychology.

研究领域研究领域(必填项):social neuroscience such as empathy, prosocial behaviors and moral decision making.

  • Overview
  • Biography
  • Publications

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Fang Cui is an Associate Professor, Doctoral Advisor and Chair of the Basic Psychology Department at Shenzhen University. She obtained a Master of Science degree in Basic Psychology from Beijing Normal University in 2009 and a Doctor of Medicine and Philosophy degree from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands in 2013. She has published forty papers as first author or corresponding author in SCI/SSCI journals such as Journal of Neuroscience, Cerebral Cortex, Neuroimage, and top Chinese journals such as Acta Psychologica Sinica.

Fang Cui is currently a member of the Chinese General Psychology and Experimental Psychology Professional Committee, council member of the Guangdong Cognitive Science Society and reviewing editor of Frontiers in Psychology. She is also in charge of two National Natural Science Foundation of China projects. She has been nominated as Shenzhen High-Level Talent, Shenzhen Overseas High-Level Talent, Nanshan District Pilot Talent, Shenzhen University Liyuan Outstanding Young Scholar and Shenzhen Outstanding Teacher.



2009/9-2013/12, University of Groningen, Faculty of Medicine, PhD

2006/9-2009/6, Beijing Normal University, State Key Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience and Learning, Master of Science

2001/9-2005/6, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Department of Computer Science and Technology, Bachelor of Science


Academic Appointment and Employment History

Research, Teaching and Practice Appointments

2014/5 - 2017/12 Shenzhen University, School of Psychology, Lecturer, Master's Tutor

2017/12 - present, Shenzhen University, School of Psychology, Associate Professor, Doctoral Supervisor

Other Appointments

Committee Member, Chinese General Psychology and Experimental Psychology Professional Committee

Council Member, Guangdong Cognitive Science Association


Honors and Awards

Shenzhen Outstanding Teacher, 2020

Shenzhen High-Level Talent Reserve Talent, 2019

Outstanding Young Teacher of Shenzhen University and Liyuan Outstanding Young Scholar, 2017

Shenzhen Overseas High-Level Talent, Peacock Talent C Category, 2015


Students Mentored

Fang Cui has mentored a total of 11 graduate students.

Jiaping Cheng, 2017 graduate. She has published one Chinese top journal paper and one SCI paper as first author. She is currently studying for a doctorate degree in Shenzhen University.

Chong Liao, 2019 graduate. She has won the National Scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year and was nominated as an Outstanding Graduate of Shenzhen University. She has published 3 SCI/SSCI papers and one Chinese core journal paper as first author/student first author. She is currently studying for a doctorate degree at the University of Mannheim, Germany.

Juanzhi Lu, 2020 graduate. She has won a Tencent scholarship in 2019 and published 2 SCI/SSCI papers and one Chinese core journal paper as first author. She has received a National Scholarship for Studying Abroad and is now studying for a doctorate degree at Maastricht University in the Netherlands.

Xiaoxuan Huang, third-year graduate student. She has published 2 SCI papers as student first author.

Jiamiao, Yang, second-year graduate student. She has published 1 Chinese core journal as student first author, and 2 SCI papers as co-first author.


Selected Publications

1.      Jie Liu, Ruolei Gu, Chong Liao, Juanzhi Lu, Xingyu Fang, Pengfei Xu, Yuejia Luo, Fang Cui*, The neural mechanism of the social framing effect: evidence from fMRI and tDCS studies. Journal of Neuroscience, 2020, 40 (18) 3646-3656.

2.      Dan Arnstein#, Fang Cui#, Christian Keysers, Maurits Natasha, Valeria Gazzola*. μ-suppression during action observation and execution correlates with BOLD in dorsal premotor, inferior parietal, and SI cortices. Journal of Neuroscience, 2011.31, 14243-14249.

3.      Fang Cui, Xiaoxuan Huang, Xiaoyun Li, Chong Liao, Jie Liu*, Yuejia Luo. Moral conflict in economic decision making: the role of the anterior cingulate cortex - striatum pathway. Cerebral Cortex.2021. accepted.

4.      Weiwei Peng, Wutao Lou, Xiaoxuan Huang, Qian Ye, Raymond Kai-Yu Tong, Fang Cui*, Suffer together, bond together: brain-to-brain synchronization and mutual affective empathy when sharing painful experiences. Neuroimage, 2021, accepted.

5.      Fang Cui, Abdelrahman Abdelgabar, Christian Keysers, Valeria Gazzola*. Responsibility modulates pain-matrix activation elicited by the expressions of others in pain. Neuroimage., 2015, 114: 371–378

6.      Jie Liu, Chong Liao, Juanzhi Lu, Yuejia Luo, Fang Cui*, Moral contagion: Devaluation effect of immorality on hypothetical judgments of economic value. Human Brain Mapping, 2019,1-13.

7.      Weiwei Peng, Xiaoxuan Huang, Yang Liu, Fang Cui*. Predictability modulates the anticipation and perception of pain in both self and others. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. 2019, 14(7), 747-757.

8.      Fang Cui*, Song Wu, Haiyan Wu, Chengyao Wang, Can Jiao, Yuejia Luo. Altruistic and self-serving goals modulate behavioral and neural responses in deception. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. 2018, 1-8.

9.      Fang CuiJiamiao YangRuolei GuJie Liu*. The functional connection of the right temporoparietal complex and the moral processing brain network predicts the social framing effect: evidence from resting state functional magnetic resonance. Acta Psychologica Sinica, 53(1), 55-66

10.  Jiaping Cheng#Yuejia LuoFang Cui*. The impact of cognitive load on pain empathy: Evidence from an ERP research. Acta Psychologica Sinica, 2017, 49(5): 622-630.



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