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Liu Xun
Tel:  86-10-64847153
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Mailing Address:  16 Lincui Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100101, China
Email:  liux@psych.ac.cn
Website:  http://care.psych.ac.cn

1995-2000 Ph.D., Department of Psychology, University of California at Los Angeles
1991-1994 M.S., Department of Psychology, Peking University
1987-1991 B.S., Department of Psychology, Peking University

1991-1994 Research Assistant Department of Psychology, Peking University
1994-1995 Research Associate Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
1996-2000 Teaching Fellow Department of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles
2000-2002 Postdoctoral Fellow Department of Psychology, University of Colorado, Boulder
2002-2003 Research Associate Department of Psychiatry, Weill Medical College of Cornell University
2003-2007 Postdoctoral Scholar Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, University of Kentucky
2007-     Assistant Professor   Department of Psychiatry, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
2010-     Professor    Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Science

Research Interests:

The long term goal of my research is to study the roles of cognitive and affective controls in higher level perceptual and reward decision making. With the combined efforts of behavioral testing, brain imaging analysis, and computational modeling, my researcher aims to examine behavioral and neural mechanisms of a series of related psychological processes, such as the conflict of stimulus-response incompatibility and its resolution, mutual modulation between attention and emotion, and cognitive and affective evaluation in reward decision making. I also collaborate with experts across-laboratory / institute and apply what we learn from normal adults to better understand and treat populations with behavioral and psychiatric disorders resulting from the loss or imbalance of the above functions.

Community service:
Society for Neuroscience (SFN), Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS)
2009-2011 NARSAD Young Investigator Award
2010-     One-hundred Talent Project Award
Selected Publications:
Zhou, P, & Liu, X. (2013). Attentional modulation of emotional conflict processing with flanker tasks. PLoS ONE. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0060548
Gu, X., Liu, X., Van Dam, N. T., Hof, P., & Fan, J. (2013). Cognition-emotion integration in the anterior insular cortex. Cerebral Cortex, 23(1), 20-27.
Collins, H.R., Corbly, C.R., Kelly, T.H., Liu, X., Lynam, D.R., Joseph, J.E. (2012) Too little, too late or too much, too early? Differential hemodynamics of response inhibition in high and low sensation seekers. Brain research, 1481, 1-12.
Lawson, A.L., Liu, X., Vagnini, V.L., Joseph, J.E., Kelly, T.H., & Jiang, Y. (2012) Sensation seeking predicts brain responses in the old-new task: converging multimodal neuroimaging evidence. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 84(3), 260-269.
Ivanov, I., Liu, X., Clerkin, S., Friston, K., Newcorn, J., & Fan, J. (2012) Effects of Motivation on Reward and Attentional Networks: an fMRI Study. Brain and Behavior, 2(6), 741-753.
Gu, X., Gao, Z., Wang, X., Liu, X., Knight, R.T., Hof, P.R., & Fan, J. (2012) Anterior insular cortex is necessary for empathetic pain perception. Brain, 135, 2726-2735.
Ivanov, I., Liu, X., Shulz, K., Fan, J., London, E., Friston, K. et al. (2012) Parental substance abuse and function of the motivation and behavioral inhibition systems in drug-naïve youth. Psychiatry Res, 201(2), 128-135.
Jutras-Aswad, D., Jacobs, M.M., Yiannoulos, G., Roussos, P., Bitsios, P., Nomura, Y., Liu, X., & Hurd, Y. (2012) Cannabis-dependence risk relates to synergism between neuroticism and proenkephalin SNPs associated with amygdala gene expression: Case-control study. PLoS ONE 7(6): e39243. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0039243
Silverman, M. E., Loudon, H., Liu, X., Mauro, C., Leiter, G., & Goldstein, M. A. (2011). The neural processing of negative emotion postpartum: a preliminary study of amygdala function in postpartum depression. Arch Womens Ment Health, 14(4), 355-359.
Wang, H., Liu, X., & Fan, J. (2011). Cognitive control in majority search: A computational modeling approach. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 5(16), 1-10.
Liu, X., Hairston, J., Schrier, M., & Fan, J. (2011). Common and distinct networks underlying reward valence and processing stages: A meta-analysis of functional neuroimaging studies. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 35(5), 1219-1236.
Fan, J., Guise, K. G., Liu, X., Gu, X., Park, Y., Martin, L., de Marchena, A., Tang, C., Minzenberg, M., & Hof, P. R. (2011). Involvement of the anterior cingulate and frontoinsular cortices in rapid processing of salient facial emotional information. NeuroImage, 54(3), 2539-2546.
Liu, X., Park, Y., Gu, X., & Fan, J. (2010). Dimensional overlap accounts for independence and integration of stimulus-response compatibility effects. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 72 (6), 1710-1720.
Pushkarskaya, H., Liu, X., Smithson, M., & Joseph, J.E. (2010). Beyond risk and ambiguity: Deciding under ignorance. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, 20(3), 382-391.
Koenigsberg, H.W., Fan, J., Ochsner, K., Liu, X., Guise, K.G., Pizzarello, S., Dorantes, C., Tecuta, L., Guerreri, S., Goodman, M., New, A., Flory, J., & Siever, L.J. (2010). Neural correlates of using distancing to  regulate emotional responses to social situations. Neuropsychologia, 48(6), 1813-1822.
Gu, X., Liu, X., Guise, K. G., Naidich, T. P., Hof, P. R., & Fan, J. (2010). Functional dissociation of the frontoinsular and anterior cingulate cortices in empathy for pain. Journal of Neuroscience, 30(10), 3739-3744.
Wang, L., Liu, X., Guise, K.G., Knight, R.T., Ghajar, J., & Fan, J. (2010). Effective connectivity of the frontoparietal network during attentional control. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 22(3), 543-553.
Koenigsberg, H.W., Fan, J., Ochsner, K., Liu, X., Guise, K.G., Pizzarello, S., Dorantes, C., Guerreri, S., Tecuta, L., Goodman, M., New, A., & Siever, L.J. (2009). Neural correlates of the use of psychological distancing to regulate responses to negative social cues in borderline personality disorder. Biological Psychiatry, 66, 854-863.
New, A.S., Fan, J., Murrough, J.W., Liu, X., Liebman, R.E., Guise, K.G., Tang, C.Y., & Charney, D.S. (2009). A functional magnetic resonance imaging study of deliberate emotion regulation in resilience and posttraumatic stress disorder. Biological Psychiatry, 66, 656-664.
Silverman, M.E., Muennig, P., Liu, X., Rosen, Z., & Goldstein, M.A. (2009). The  impact of socioeconomic status on the neural substrates associated with pleasure. The Open Neuroimaging Journal, 3, 58-63.
Fan, J., Gu, X., Guise, K.G., Liu, X., Fossella, J., Wang, H., & Posner., M.I. (2009). Testing the behavioral interactions of attentional networks. Brain and Cognition, 70, 209-220.
Joseph, J.E., Liu, X., Jiang, Y., Lynam, D., & Kelly, T.H. (2009).Neural correlates of emotional reactivity in sensation seeking.Psychological Science, 22(2), 215-223.
Gu, X., Liu, X., Guise, K. G., Fossella, J., Wang, K., & Fan, J. (2008). Alexithymic Trait and Voluntary Control in Healthy Adults. PLoS ONE, 3(11), e3702.
Fan, J., Guise, K. G., Liu, X., & Wang, H. (2008). Searching for the majority: Algorithms of voluntary control. PLoS ONE, 3(10), e3522.
Liu, X., Steinmetz, N.A., Farley, A.B., Smith, C.D., & Joseph, J.E. (2008). Mid-fusiform activation during object discrimination reflects the process of differentiating structural descriptions. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 20(9), 1-16.
Fossella, J., Fan, J., Liu, X., Guise, K., Brocki, K., Hof, P.R., Kittappa, R., McKay, R., & Posner, M.I. (2008) Provisional hypotheses for the molecular genetics of cognitive development: Imaging genetic pathways in the anterior cingulated cortex. Biological Psychology. Silverman, M.E., Loudon, H., Safier, M., Protopopescu, X., Leiter, G., Liu, X., Goldstein, M.A. (2007). Neural dysfunction in postpartum depression: An fMRI pilot study. CNS Spectrums. 12(11) 853-862.
Banich, M.T., Crowley, T.J., Thompson, L.L., Jacobson, B.L., Liu, X., Raymond, K.M., et al. (2007). Brain activation during the Stroop task in adolescents with severe substance and conduct problems: A pilot study. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 90(2-3), 175-182.
Liu, X., Powell, D.K., Wang, H., Gold, B.T., Corbly, C.R., & Joseph, J.E. (2007). Functional dissociation in frontal and striatal areas for processing of positive and negative reward information. Journal of Neuroscience, 27(17), 4587-4597.
Joseph, J.E., Gathers, A.D., Liu, X., Corbly, C.R., Whitaker, S.K., & Bhatt, R.S. (2006). Neural developmental changes in processing inverted faces. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, 6(3), 223-235.
Liu, X., Wang, H., Corbly, C.R., Zhang, J., & Joseph, J.E. (2006). The Involvement of the inferior parietal cortex in the numerical Stroop effect and the distance effect in a two-digit number comparison task. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 18(9), 1518-1530.
Liu, X., Banich, M.T., Jacobson, B.L., & Tanabe, J.L. (2006). Functional dissociation of attentional selection within PFC: Response and non-response related aspects of attentional selection as ascertained by fMRI. Cerebral Cortex, 16, 827-834.
Liu, X., Banich, M.T., Jacobson, B.L., & Tanabe, J.L. (2004). Common and distinct neural substrates of attentional control in an integrated Simon and spatial Stroop task as assessed by event-related fMRI. NeuroImage, 22, 1097-1106.

Book Chapters
Wang, H, Liu, X., & Fan, J. (2011). Symbolic and connectionist models of attention. In M. Posner (Ed), Cognitive Neuroscience of Attention, 2nd Ed. Guilford Press
Fan, J., Gu, X., & Liu, X. (2009). Attention. In Y. Zhu (Ed), Experimental Psychology. (Chinese)
Pushkarskaya, H., Smithson, M., Liu, X., & Joseph, J.E. (2010). Neuroeconomics of environmental uncertainty and the theory of firm. In A. Stanton, M. Day, I. Welpe (Eds), Neuroeconomics and the Firm.