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Dr. Yan, Chao studied as a undergraduate from 2004 to 2008 at Department of Psychology, East China Normal University (ECNU). Then he moved to Beijing and obtained his Ph.D degree from Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2013. Since 2013, he has been working as a research fellow at the Institute of Developmental and Educational Psychology, ECNU. His main research areas focus on 1) Emotion development as well as its underlying neural mechanisms in children and adolescents; 2) Developmental psychpathological and neural mechanisms of anhedonia, social withdrawal and emotional dysregulation in affective disorder as well as schizophrenia spectrum disorder; 3) Cognitive and brain training.


主要文章发表(Selected publications):

  1. Wang, LL, Yan, C.*, Shao, YX, Lv, QY, Neumann, D, Ettinger, U, . . . Chan, RCK*. (in press). Revisiting anticipatory hedonic processing in patients with schizophrenia: An examination between representation activation and maintenance. Schizophrenia Research. (*: Corresponding author)
  2. Sun, X, Pan, X, Ni, K, Ji, C, Wu, J, Yan, C*, & Luo, Y*. (2020). Aberrant Thalamic-Centered Functional Connectivity in Patients with Persistent Somatoform Pain Disorder. Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, 16, 273–281. (*: Corresponding author)
  3. Zhang WJ#, Yan C#, Shum D, Deng CP (2020). Responses to academic stress mediate the association between sleep difficulties and depressive/anxiety symptoms in Chinese adolescents, Journal of Affective Disorders, 263, 89-98. (#: Co-first author)
  4. Yan, C, Lui, SSY., Zou, LQ, Wang, CY, Zhou, FC, Cheung, EFC, . . . Chan, RCK. (2019). Anticipatory pleasure for future rewards is attenuated in patients with schizophrenia but not in individuals with schizotypal traits. Schizophrenia Research, 206, 118-126.
  5. Li Z, Wang Y, Yan C, Cheung EFC, Docherty AR, Sham PC, Gur RE, Gur RC, Chan RCK. (2019). Inheritance of Neural Substrates for Motivation and Pleasure. Psychological Science, 30(8), 1205-1217.
  6. Yan, C, Zhou, H, Wei, W, Wang, YJ, Cui, L, Chan, RCK., Deng, CP* (2018). Developmental Trajectories of Attention in Typically Developing Chinese Children: A Four-Wave Longitudinal Study. Developmental Neuropsychology. 43(6), 479-496.
  7. Li, Z#, Yan, C#, Lv, QY, Yi, ZH, Zhang, JY, Wang, JH, Lui, SSY, Xu, YF, Cheung, EFC, Gur, RE, Gur, RC, Chan, RCK* (2018), Striatal dysfunction in patients with schizophrenia and their unaffected first-degree relatives, Schizophrenia Research, 195, 215-221. (#: Co-first author).
  8. Luo, Y#, Yan, C#, Huang, T, Fan, M, Liu, L, Zhao, Z, Ni, K, Jiang, H, Huang, X, Lu, Z, Wu, W, Zhang, M, Fan, X (2016). Altered Neural Correlates of Emotion Associated Pain Processing in Persistent Somatoform Pain Disorder: An fMRI Study. Pain practice, 16(8), 969-979. (#: Co-first author).
  9. Yan, C, Su, L, Wang, Y, Xu, T, Yin, DZ, Fan, MX, Deng, CP, Hu, Y, Wang, ZX Cheung, EFC, Lim, K, Chan, RCK* (2016). Multivariate Neural Representations of Value during Reward Anticipation and Consummation in the Human Orbitofrontal Cortex. Scientific Reports, DOI: 10.1038/srep29079
  10. Yan, C, Wang, Y, Su, L, Xu, T, Yin, DZ, Fan, MX, Deng, CP, Wang, ZX Lui, SSY, Cheung, EFC., Chan, RCK* (2016). Differential mesolimbic and prefrontal alterations during reward anticipation and consummation in positive and negative schizotypy. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging254:127-36
  11. Yan, C, Yang, T, Yu, QJ, Jin, Z, Cheung, EFC, Liu, X, and Chan, RCK. (2015). Rostral medial prefrontal dysfunctions and consummatory pleasure in schizophrenia: A meta-analysis of functional imaging studies. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging 231, 187-196.
  12. Wang, Y#, Yan, C#, Yin, DZ, Fan, MX, Cheung, EF, Pantelis, C, and Chan, RCK. (2015). Neurobiological changes of schizotypy: evidence from both volume-based morphometric analysis and resting-state functional connectivity. Schizophrenia Bulletin. 41 Suppl 2, S444-454 (#: Co-first author).
  13. Li, Z, Yan, C, Xie, WZ, Li, K, Zeng, YW, Jin, Z, Cheung, EFC., and Chan, RCK. (2015). Anticipatory pleasure predicts effective connectivity in the mesolimbic system. Frontier in Behavioral Neuroscience. doi:
  14. Yan, C,Cao, Y, Zhang, Y, Song, LL, Cheung, EFC. and Chan, RCK. (2012). Trait and state positive emotional experience in schizophrenia: a meta-analysis. PLoS One 7, e40672.
  15. Yan, C, Liu, WH., Cao, Y, & Chan, RCK. (2011). Self-reported pleasure experience and motivation in individuals with schizotypal personality disorders proneness. East Asian Archives of Psychiatry, 21(3), 115.
  16. 郭丽月,严超*,邓赐平*(2018),数学能力的改善:针对工作记忆训练的元分析[J].心理科学进展,9:1576-1589(* 通讯作者)



1. 教育部人文社科青年项目(2020-2022):青少年抑郁症的早期预警识别:基于奖赏期待的探索,80,000元

2. 华东师范大学人文社会科学海外发文项目(Fundamental Research Funds for the Centeral Universities ,2019-2021):精神分裂症的奖赏表征激活与维持加工,60,000元

3. 中国博士后基金(第56批)一类资助(China Postdoctoral Science Foundation,2015-2016):精神分裂症期待愉快体验与奖赏表征的行为和脑成像研究,80,000元

4. 国家自然科学基金青年项目(National Natural Science Foundation of China,2016-2018):精神分裂症的社会性期待愉快情绪与代价付出计算:行为与脑功能成像研究,250,000元



1. 情绪发展与障碍(Emotion Development and Affective Disorders, 研究生课程)

2. 行为观察研究方法(Research Methods of Behavioral Observation, 研究生课程

3. 发展与教育心理学研究技术与应用(Research method of developmental and educational psychology, 研究生课程

4. 心理学研究技术(核磁共振部分)(Technology in Psychological Research (MRI section), 本科生课程)

5. 文献检索与论文写作(Literatures Search and Academic Writing, 本科生课程)



1. 杨娜(Yang, Na):教育心理学硕士(Master of Educational Psychology), 2017-2018

2. 王璇(Wang, Xuan): 学术型硕士(Academic Master's Candidate),2017-

3. 朱文琪(Zhu, Wenqi): 学术型硕士(Academic Master's Candidate),2018-

4. 肖雯薏(Xiao, Wenyi): 学术型硕士(Academic Master's Candidate),2019-

5. 张红冉(Zhang, Hongran): 学术型硕士(Academic Master's Candidate),2019-

6. 邵雨心(Shao, Yuxin): 学术型硕士(Academic Master's Candidate),2020-


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