Project Description

Prof. Zhansheng CHEN


Prof. LEE Tatia Mei-chun

Office: 6.65

Phone: (852) 3917-2294


HKU Researcher Page:


Ph.D. Social Psychology, Purdue University, 2008


-Ostracism/social exclusion
-Objectification and sexual objectification
-Self and self-concept
-Helping and prosocial behavior


Jiang, T., Chen, Z., Wang, S. & Hou, Y. (in press). Ostracism disrupts self-continuity. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

Shi, J., Chen, Z., Wang, X., Teng, F., Yang, Y., & Chen, H. (in press). Dominate others, hurt self: Social dominance orientation predicts depression during the Covid-19 pandemic. Personality and Individual Differences.

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. Advance online publication.

Poon, K. T., Chen, Z., & Wong, W. Y. (2020). Beliefs in conspiracy theories following ostracism. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. Advance online publication.

Poon, K. T., Chen, Z., Teng, F., & Wong, W. Y. (2020). The effect of objectification on aggression. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. Advance online publication.

Wang, X., & Chen, Z., & Krumhuber, E. G. (2020). Money: An integrated review and synthesis from a psychological perspective. Review of General Psychology. Advance online publication.

Jiang, T., Chen, Z., & Sedikides, C. (2019). Self-concept clarity lays the foundation for self-continuity: The restorative function of autobiographical memory. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Advance online publication.

Social and Cultural Psychology Lab

We are currently working on a large-scale survey examining regional differences in China on a series of psychology outcomes.

Project 1: The psychology of the Chinese people: A large-scale survey.
In addition, we have two projects examining how prosocial behaviors are shaped by individual, interpersonal, and cultural factors.

Project 2: “Objectification decreases prosocial behavior: Mediating roles of self-objectification and relative deprivation” (funded by General Research Fund)

Project 3: Getting at the heart of cross-cultural differences in generosity: Explaining how individual, contextual, and cultural factors shape prosocial behavior (funded by the John Templeton Foundation)


Intern Selection:
Strong work ethics

Academic excellence

Effective communication skills in both English and Chinese

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