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Faculty Member - Experimental Psychology

Yi-Yuan Tang

Positions:

Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences; Presidential Endowed Chair in Neuroscience; Director, Texas Tech Neuroimaging Institute

Education:

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

Contact:

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

Fax: (806) 742-0818

Email: yiyuan.tang@ttu.edu

Web sites: yi-yuan.net

Awards and Honors:

  • Fellow, the Association for Psychological Science (APS)
  • Associate Editor, Social Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience (SCAN)
  • 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, 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 more than 200 internationally/nationally peer-reviewed articles in journals such as Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Trends in Educational Neuroscience, Current Directions in Psychological Science, Social Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience, Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience, NeuroReport, Neuroscience Letters, Brain and Cognition, Brain Research, Progress in Brain Research, Child Development Perspectives, Stress and Health, Psychiatry Research, Neurocomputing, Neural Networks, Pattern Recognition Letters, Physica A, Human Brain Mapping and Neuroimage, etc.

More on website

Selected Books:

  • 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, Chen H, Chen K. 2006. Human Brain Function. Beijing: Science Press, China. (Expert summary prior to each chapter)
  • Tang YY. 2007. Multi-intelligence and Unfolding the Full Potentials of Brain. Dalian University of Technology Press
  • 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

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 yiyuan.tang@ttu.edu if interested.