Project Description

Prof. Zhansheng CHEN


Prof. LEE Tatia Mei-chun

Office: 6.65

Phone: (852) 3917-2294


Researcher Lab:
Social and Cultural Psychology Lab

HKU Researcher Page:


Ph.D. Social Psychology, Purdue University, 2008


–Ostracism/social exclusion
–Objectification and sexual objectification
–Aggression and prosocial behavior
–Positive psychology (e.g., humility, compassion, and self-compassion)


Wang, X. [Xijing], Chen, Z., Van Tongeren, D. R., DeWall, C. N., & Yang, F. (2022). Permitting immoral behavior: A generalized compensation belief hypothesis. British Journal of Psychology. Advance online publication.

Wang, X. [Xue], Chen, Z., Poon, K. T., & Jiang, T. (2021). Perceiving a lack of social justice: Lower class individuals apply higher moral standards to others. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 12(2), 186-193.

Chen, Z., Poon, K. T., DeWall, C. N. & Jiang, T. (2020). Life lacks meaning without acceptance: Ostracism triggers suicidal thoughts. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 119(6), 1423-1443.

Jiang, T., Chen, Z., & Sedikides, C. (2020). Self-concept clarity lays the foundation for self-continuity: The restorative function of autobiographical memory. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 119(4), 945.

Social and Cultural Psychology Lab

Project 1: Social crowding and objectification
This project aims to investigate whether and how social crowding, one major contextual variable, contributes to objectification (i.e. treating other as instruments and/or denying others’ personhood in social interactions).

Project 2: Psychological benefits of humility
The project focuses on the mental health as well as the cognitive and behavioral benefits of being humble.

RESEARCH INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES                                                               

Intern Selection:
Strong work ethics
Academic excellence
Effective communication skills in both English and Chinese

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