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My work focuses on understanding cognitive and neural processes involved in social cognition – how and why we think about and attend to ourselves and others - and how social and cultural experience shapes the way that we perceive the world. For example, we have recently developed a novel associative learning approach to demonstrate that people rapidly gain an attentional biases to neutral stimuli tagged to themselves compared with stimuli associated to others. This association also changes the connectivity between brain circuits, revealing the social construction of cognition at a neural level. In order to explore which factor(s) drive self-biased behaviour in humans, we have also examined the relations between three fundamental components of social cognition – the self, our emotional responses, and reward. Here we have employed behavioural and neuroimaging measures (EEG and fMRI), along with neuropsychological patient studies. In addition, we are very interested in the transfer of knowledge into other research fields, from child development through to healthy aging and psychiatric disorders by developing self-association approaches.

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Projects 2018 2019

Research Output 2005 2018

Intertwining personal and reward relevance: evidence from the drift diffusion model

Yankouskaya, A., Buhrle, R., Lugt, E., Stolte, M. & Sui, J. 24 Jan 2018 In : Psychological Research. 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Biological Psychiatry
Decision Making

Self and team prioritisation effects in perceptual matching: Evidence for a shared representation

Enock, F., Sui, J., Hewstone, M. & Humphreys, G. W. 30 Jan 2018 In : Acta Neuropsychologica. 182, p. 107-118 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Aging enhances cognitive biases to friends but not the self

Sui, J. & Humphreys, G. W. 17 Mar 2017 In : Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. p. 1-10 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Cognitive bias

An anterior-posterior axis within the ventromedial prefrontal cortex separates self and reward

Yankouskaya, A., Humphreys, G., Stolte, M., Stokes, M., Moradi, Z. Z. & Sui, J. 1 Dec 2017 In : Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. 12, 12, p. 1859 - 1868 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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Healthy Volunteers

Applications of capacity analysis into social cognition domain

Sui, J. 7 Apr 2017 Systems Factorial Technology: A Theory Driven Methodology for the Identification of Perceptual and Cognitive Mechanisms. Little, D., Altieri, N., Fific, M. & Tang, C-T. (eds.). 1 ed. Elsevier, 18

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