Jinting Liu Ph.D.






研究领域研究领域(必填项):Positive cognition intervention for depression.

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I am an assistant professor of the College of Psychology and Sociology at Shenzhen University. In 2009, I received my Bachelor degree of Psychology from Sun Yat-sen University and enrolled as a PhD student at Peking University under the supervision of Prof. Xiaolin Zhou. After this, I moved to Shenzhen University to work with Prof. Hong Li as a postdoctoral researcher. My research aimed to use genetic, pharmacological and neuroimaging techniques, to understand the genetic and neural basis of individual differences in emotional processing and social behaviors, such as empathy, altruism, and dishonesty. Now I am particularly interested in how to use positive psychology interventions to relieve depressive symptoms.


            Ph.D. (2015)               Psychology

                                                Peking University

                                                Beijing, P.R. China

            B.A. (2009)                  Psychology

                                                Sun Yat-Sen University

                                             Guangzhou, P.R. China


06/2017-                    Assistant professor, School of Psychology, Shenzhen University

07/2015 – 05/2017            Postdoctoral fellow, Psychology and Social College, Shenzhen University


Liu, J., Shen, Q., Zhang, J., Beyens, U., Cai, W., Decety, J., & Li, H*. (2021) The Difference Spotting Task: A New Nonverbal Measure of Cheating Behavior. Behavior Research Methods.

Li, X., He, L., Liu, J., Guo, W., Wang, Q., Fang, P., ... & Gong, P. * (2020). The rs6311 of serotonin receptor 2A (5-HT2A) gene is associated with alexithymia and mental health. Journal of Affective Disorders272, 277-282.

Gong, P. *, Wang, Q., Liu, J., Xi, S., Yang, X., Fang, P., ... & Zhang, M. (2020). The OXTR polymorphisms are not associated with attachment dimensions: A three-approach study. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 120.

Liu, J., Zhong, R., Xiong, W., Liu, H., & Zhou, X. (2017). Melatonin increases reactive aggression in humans Psychopharmacology, 234(19), 2971–2978.

Liu, J. , Gong, P.†, Li, H., & Zhou, X. (2017). A field study of the association between CD38 gene and altruistic behavior: Empathic response as a mediator. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 85, 165–171.

Gao, X. †, Liu, J. †, Gong, P., Wang, J., Fang, W., Yan, H., … Zhou, X. (2017). Identifying new susceptibility genes on dopaminergic and serotonergic pathways for the framing effect in decision-making. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 12(9), 1534–1544.

Liu, J., Gong, P. †, Gao, X., & Zhou, X.* (2017). The association between well-being and the COMT gene : Dispositional gratitude and forgiveness as mediators. Journal of Affective Disorders, 214, 115–121.

Gong, P., Fang, P., Yang, X., Ru, W., Wang, B., Gao, X., & Liu, J. * (2017). The CAG polymorphism in androgen receptor ( AR ) gene impacts the moral permissibility of harmful behavior in females. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 80, 74–79.

Gao, X. †, Gong, P. †, Liu, J. †, Hu, J., Li, Y., Yu, H., et al. (2016). COMT Val158Met polymorphism influences the susceptibility to framing in decision-making: OFC-amygdala functional connectivity as a mediator. Human Brain Mapping. 37, 1880–1892. (†co-first authors, IF 5.969, cover article)

Zhao, C. †, Liu, J. †*, Gong, P., & Zhou, X (2016). Investigating the genetic basis of social conformity: The role of DRD3 gene. Neuropsychobiology. 74, 32–40. (†co-first authors, *corresponding author, IF 1.763).

Wu, Y. †, Liu, J. †, Qu, L., Eisenegger, C., Clark, L., & Zhou, X. (2016). Single dose testosterone administration abolishes loss chasing in healthy young women. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 71, 54-57. (†co-first authors, IF 5.591, Q1)

Gong, P. †, Liu, J. †, Blue, P. R., Li, S., & Zhou, X. (2015). Serotonin receptor gene (HTR2A) T102C polymorphism modulates individuals’ perspective taking ability and autistic-like traits. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 9, 1–8. (†co-first authors, IF 3.626)

Liu, J. †, Gong, P. †, & Zhou, X. (2014). The association between 5-HT1A gene and relationship status in young adults. Scientific Reports. 4, 7049. (†co-first authors, IF 5.078, highlighted by media)

Gong, P. †, Liu, J. †, Li, S., & Zhou, X. (2014). Serotonin receptor gene (5-HT1A) modulates alexithymic characteristics and attachment orientation. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 50, 274-279. (†co-first authors, IF 5.591)

Gong, P. †, Liu, J. †, Li, S., & Zhou, X. (2014). Dopamine beta-hydroxylase gene modulates individuals' empathic ability. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 9(9), 1341-1345. (†co-first authors, IF 5.884)

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 (IF 4.098).

Zhou, G., Zhang, L., Liu, J., Yang, J., & Qu, Z. (2010). Specificity of face processing without awareness. Consciousness and Cognition, 19(1), 408-412. (IF 1.941)

Zhou, X., and Liu, J. (2014). Neuroeconomics: Decision Making and the Brain (Translated in Chinese). Beijing: China Renmin University Press.


2017.09-     Intro to Psychology (undergraduate level, Shenzhen University)


China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (2015-2017), ¥50,000, The effect of serotonin on dishonesty and the underlying neural mechanism

National Natural Science Foundation of China (2017-2019), ¥200,000, Investigating the genetic and neural basis of individual differences in dishonesty

Natural Science Foundation of SZU (2017-2022) ¥200,000, The genetic and neural mechanisms of individual difference in dishonesty”

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