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Faculty Member - Experimental Psychology

Yi-Yuan Tang


Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences; Presidential Endowed Chair in Neuroscience


Ph.D., Dalian University of Technology & Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2003.


Phone: (806) 742-3711; (806) 834-8688

Fax: (806) 742-0818


Web sites:

Awards and Honors:

  • Fellow, the Association for Psychological Science (APS)
  • Fellow, the Association for Psychological Association (APA)
  • Associate Editor, Social Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience (SCAN)
  • Associate Editor in Chief, Progress in Modern Biomedicine
  • Cutting-Edge Basic Research Awards, NIH (with Ponser)
  • New Century Excellent Talents, Ministry of Education
  • Listed in: Who’s Who in the World
  • Research Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Oregon
  • Adjunct Professor, Dept. Internal Medicine, TTU Health Science Center
  • Adjunct Professor, Institute of Psychology, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
  • Adjunct Professor, Center for Social and Organizational Behavior, Graduate University of CAS

Research Interests:

My research applies neuroimaging (fMRI/PET/EEG), psychosocial and physiological measures (heart rate variability, skin conductance, etc.), as well as genetic analysis, and covers the topics in cultural neuroscience, cognitive, affective and social neuroscience, positive psychology/neuroscience, psych-physiology, developmental neuroscience, body-mind medicine, prevention science, computational neuroscience, neuroergonomics and neuroscience of leadership. I’m the founder of Integrative Body-Mind Training (IBMT), a series of RCT studies indicate IBMT improves attention, self-regulation, performance and relationship, which has potential reducing or preventing various mental disorders.

Research Support:

Templeton Foundation, Bower Foundation, NIH/NIDA, ONR, NSFC, MOE and MOST, etc

Selected Research :

Dr. Tang has published 6 books and over 260 peer-reviewed articles in journals such as Nature Reviews Neuroscience, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), Trends in Cognitive Sciences (TiCS), Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Psychiatry Research, Stress and Health, Trends in Neuroscience and Education, Progress in Brain Research, Neuroimage, Human Brain Mapping, Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience, Neural Network, Brain and Cognition, Behavioral Brain Research, Child Development Perspectives, etc,
and these findings are reported in the scientific journals including Nature, Science, Nature Review Neuroscience, Neuron, TICS, PNAS, etc., and popular media including TIME, New York Times, BBC, NPR, ScienceDaily, The Press Association, Reuters, USA today, NBC, CBC, Fox, etc.
See 10 representative publications below:

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Selected Books:

  • Liu S, Yin L, Tang YY. 2011. Functional Neuroimaging. Shandong Science and Technology Press
  • Tang YY. 2009. Exploring the Brain, Optimizing the Life. Beijing: Science Press, China
  • Tang HW, Tang YY, Guo C & Chen K. 2007. Neuroinformatics and its Application. Beijing: Science Press, China
  • Tang YY. 2007. Multi-intelligence and Unfolding the Full Potentials of Brain. Dalian University of Technology Press
  • Tang YY, Chen H, Chen K. 2006. Human Brain Function. Beijing: Science Press, China. (Expert summary prior to each chapter)
  • Tang YY. 2005. Health from Brain, Wisdom from Brain. Dalian University of Technology Press

Selected student research projects:

Chosen from over 40 dissertations:

  • Structural and Functional Properties of Brain Changes after Integrative Body-Mind Training
  • Brain Mechanism and Intervention of Cognitive Processing in Depression among College Students
  • Neuroimmunological Research of Cognition--Emotion Interactions
  • Global and Local Imagery Generation using EEG
  • Bilinguals’ Mechanism of Numeral, Chinese Number Words Processing and Language Selection
  • Sex Differences and Functional Connectivity during Orthography and Imagery Tasks
  • Effects of Oxidative/psychological Stress on Cognition and AAβ Metabolism--associated Molecules
  • Algorithm Research and Application in Structure Learning of Bayesian Networks
  • etc.

Teaching Research and Activities:

Social, cognitive, affective neuroscience; Neuroimaging; Health psychology

Expectation of Students:

Neuroimaging is an interdisciplinary research field, which requires teamwork from different background including psychology, neuroscience, engineering, math, physics, biology, medicine, etc. We invite persons with passion, enthusiasm, motivation and dedication to join our team. We really want to get things done and make differences in the world.

There are new openings for undergraduates, graduates and post-docs this fall! Please email me at if interested.