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


Liu, Z., Wong, N. M. L., Shao, R., Lee, S.-H., Huang, C.-M., Liu, H.-L., Lin, C., & Lee, T. M. C. (2022). Classification of Major Depressive Disorder using Machine Learning on brain structure and functional connectivity. Journal of Affective Disorders Reports, 10, 100428.

Hou, L., Lam, B. Y. H., Wong, N. M. L., Lu, W., Zhang, R., Ning, Y., & Lin, K. (2022). Integrity of Cerebellar Tracts Associated with the Risk of Bipolar Disorder. Translational Psychiatry, 12, 335.

Wong, J. J., Wong, N. M. L., Chang, D. H. F., Qi, D., Chen, L., & Lee, T. M. C. (2022). Amygdala–pons connectivity is hyperactive and associated with symptom severity in depression. Communications Biology, 5, 574.

Wong, N. M. L., Mabel-Kenzie, S. T. S. T., Lin, C., Huang, C.-M., Liu, H.-L., Lee, S.-H., & Lee, T. M. C. (2022). Meta-analytic evidence for the cognitive control model of loneliness in emotion processing. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 138, 104686.

Wong, N. M. L., Dipasquale, O., Turkheimer, F., Findon, J. L., Wichers, R. H., Dimitrov, M., Murphy, C. M., Stoencheva, V., Robertson D. M., Murphy, D. G., Daly, E., & McAlonan, G. M. (2022). Differences in social brain function in autism spectrum disorder are linked to the serotonin transporter: a randomised placebo-controlled single-dose crossover trial. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 36, 723-731.

Zhang, R., Tam, S.-K. T. S., Wong, N. M. L., Wu, J., Tao, J., Chen, L., Lin, K., & Lee T. M. C. (2022). Aberrant functional metastability and structural connectivity are associated with rumination in individuals with major depressive disorder. NeuroImage: Clinical, 33, 102916.

Huang, Q., Pereira, A. C., Velthuis, H., Wong, N. M. L., Ellis, C. L., Ponteduro, F. M., Dimitrov, M., Kowalewski, L., Lythgoe, D. J., Rotaru, D., Edden, R. A. E., Leonard, A., Ivin, G., Ahmad, J., Pretzsch, C. M., Daly, E., Murphy, D. G. M., & McAlonan, G. M. (2022). GABAB receptor modulation of visual sensory processing in adults with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder. Science Translational Medicine, 14, eabg7859.

Qi, D., Wong, N. M. L., Shao, R., Man, I. S. C., Wong, C. H. Y., Yuen, L. P., Chan, C. C. H., & Lee, T. M. C. (2021).  Qigong exercise enhances cognitive functions in the elderly via an interleukin-6-hippocampus pathway: a randomized active-controlled trial. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 95, 381-390.

Wong, N. M. L., Findon, J. L., Wichers, R. H., Giampietro, V., Stoencheva, V., Murphy, C. M., Blainey, S., Ecker, C., Murphy, D. G., McAlonan, G. M., & Daly, E. (2020). 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, 45, 2248-2256.

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., & 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, 917-926.

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.


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