Project Description

Dr. Nichol Man-lok WONG

Research Assistant Professor

Dr. Robin Zhengxi SHAO

Office: 6.58

Phone: (852) 3917-8927



  • B.Sc. (Psychology), 2011, The University of York
  • M.Sc. (Applied Paediatric Neuropsychology), 2012, University College London
  • Ph.D. (Psychology), 2018, The University of Hong Kong
  • Postdoctoral research associate, 2018-2020, King’s College London


  • Affective neuroscience
  • Affective processing
  • Loneliness


  • Wong, N. M. L., Findon, J.#, Wichers, R. H.#, Giampietro, V., Stoencheva, V., Murphy, C. M., Blainey, S., Ecker, C., Murphy, D. G.#, McAlonan, G. M.# & Daly, E.# (in press). Serotonin differentially modulates the temporal dynamics of the limbic response to facial emotions in male adults with and without autism spectrum disorder (ASD): a randomised placebo-controlled single-dose cross-over trial. Neuropsychopharmacology.
  • Wong, N. M. L.#, Shao, R.#, Wu, J.#, Tao, J., Chen, L. & Lee, T. M. C. (2019). Cerebellar neural markers of susceptibility to social isolation and positive affective processing. Brain Structure and Function, 224, 3339-3351.
  • Wong, N. M. L., Shao, R., Yeung, P. P. S., Khong, P.-L., Hui, E. S., Schooling, C. M., Leung, G. M. & Lee, T. M. C. (2019). Negative affect shared with siblings is associated with structural brain network efficiency and loneliness in adolescents. Neuroscience, 421, 39-47.
  • Wu, J.#, Geng, X.#, Shao, R.#, Wong, N. M. L., Tao, J., Chen, L., Chan, C. C. H., & Lee, T. M. C. (2018). Neurodevelopmental changes in the relationship between stress perception and prefrontal-amygdala functional circuitry. NeuroImage: Clinical, 20, 267-274.
  • Wong, N. M. L., Yeung, P. P. S., & Lee, T. M. C. (2018). A developmental social neuroscience model for understanding loneliness in adolescence. Social Neuroscience, 13, 94-103.
  • Wong, N. M. L.#, Ma, E. P.-W.#, & Lee, T. M. C. (2017). The integrity of the corpus callosum mitigates the impact of blood pressure on the ventral attention network and information processing speed in healthy adults. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 9, 108.
  • Wong, N. M. L., Liu, H.-L., Lin, C., Huang, C.-M., Wai, Y.-Y., Lee, S.-H., & Lee, T. M. C. (2016). Loneliness in late-life depression: structural and functional connectivity during affective processing. Psychological Medicine, 46, 2485-2499.
  • Wong, N. M. L., Cheung, S.-H., Chan, C. C. H., Zeng, H., Liu, Y.-P., So, K.-F., & Lee, T. M. C.  (2015). Diffusivity of the uncinate fasciculus in heroin users relates to their levels of anxiety. Translational Psychiatry, 5, e554.
  • Lee, T. M. C., Sun, D., Wong, N. M. L., Shao, R., Men, W., Ge, J., So, K.-F., Gao, J.-H., & Chan, C. C. H. (2015). A pontine region is a neural correlate of the human affective processing network. EBioMedicine, 2, 1799-1805.
  • Lin, K., Xu, G., Wong, N. M. L., Wu, H., Li, T., Lu, W., Chen, K., Chen, X., Lai, B., Zhong, L., So, K.-F., & Lee, T. M. C. (2015). A multi-dimensional and integrative approach to examining the high-risk and ultra-high-risk stages of bipolar disorder. EBioMedicine, 2, 919-928.
  • Wong, N. M. L., & Lee, T. M. C. (2013). Genetic and neural relationships underpinning impulsivity. International Journal of Psychological Research, 6(Special Issue), 80-93.

#Equal contribution

HKU Psychology