Project Description

Dr. Xiaoqing HU

Associate Professor

Prof. LEE Tatia Mei-chun

Office: 6.62

Phone: (852) 3917-2291


Curriculum Vitae



  • Ph.D. Northwestern University 2014
  • M.S. Northwestern University 2010
  • M. Education. Zhejiang Normal University 2009
  • B.S. Zhejiang University 2006


• Sleep: How sleep shapes our memories, emotions and mental wellness, and how to manipulate memory and emotion during sleep?
• Memory: How memories are acquired, updated, corrected, and retrieved, and how unwelcome memories can be controlled and forgotten?
• Social Learning: How we know about ourselves, how we acquire likes and dislikes, and how we learn from others?

Recent Publications (since 2020)

underline denotes student/trainee author(s) under my supervision, # denotes co-first author(s), * denotes corresponding author(s).

Jin, R., Xia, T., Gawronski, B., Hu, X.* (in press). Sleep supports evaluative learning via consolidation of stimuli co-occurrences and causal relation. Social and Personality Psychological Science

Varma, M. M.#, Chen, D.#, Lin, X., Aknin, L. B., & Hu, X.* (in press). Prosocial behavior promotes positive emotion during the COVID-19 pandemic. Emotion. doi: 10.1037/emo0001077

Varma, M. M., & Hu, X.* (2022) Prosocial behaviour reduces unwanted intrusions of experimental traumatic memories. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 148.

Ling, J.#, Lin, X.#, Li, X., Chan, N. Y., Zhang, J., Wing, Y. K., Hu, X.*, Li, S. X.* (2021) Neural response to rewards in youths with insomnia. Sleep.

Zeng, S.#, Lin, X.#, Wang, J., & Hu, X.* (2021) Sleep’s short-term memory preservation and long-term affect depotentiation effect in emotional memory consolidation: behavioral and EEG evidence. Sleep.

Ling, J.#, Lin, X.#, Li, X., Chan, N. Y., Zhang, J., Wing, Y.K., Hu, X.* & Li, S. X*. (2021) Altered brain activity related to inhibitory processing in youth with insomnia. Journal of Sleep Research.

Zeng, S., Lau, E., Li, X., Hu, X.* (2021). Sleep differentially impacts involuntary intrusion and voluntary recognition of lab-analogue traumatic memories. Journal of Sleep Research.

Xie, H., Hu, X., Mo, L. & Zhang, D.*. (2021) Forgetting positive social feedback is difficult: ERP evidence from a directed forgetting paradigm. Psychophysiology.

Yao, Z., Lin, X., & Hu, X.* (2021) Optimistic amnesia: How online and offline processing shape belief updating and memory biases in immediate and long-term optimism biases. Social Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience, 16(5), 453-462.

Hu, X.*, Cheng, L., Chiu, M., & Paller, K.A. (2020). Promoting memory consolidation during sleep: A meta-analysis of targeted memory reactivation. Psychological Bulletin, 146(3), 218-244.

Xie, H., Chen, Y., Lin, Y., Hu, X.*, & Zhang, D.* (2020). Can’t Forget: Disruption of the right prefrontal cortex impairs voluntary forgetting in a recognition test, Memory, 28, 60-69,



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