Project Description

Dr. Xiaoqing HU

Assistant 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
  • Memory control and motivated forgetting
  • Evaluative learning
  • Implicit social cognition
  • Social decision making


* indicates corresponding authorship, # indicates co-first authorship,

Dhammapeera, P., Hu, X. & Bergstrom, Z. M. * (in press). Imagining a false alibi impairs concealed memory detection with the autobiographical implicit association test. Journal of Experimental Psychology, Applied, doi: 10.1037/xap0000250

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,

Heather, L., Creery, J, Hu, X., Paller, K.A. (2019) Grappling with implicit social bias: A perspective from memory research. Neuroscience

Yuan, J., Hu, X. *, Chen, J., Bodenhausen, G.V., & Fu, S. (2019). One of us? How facial and symbolic cues to own- versus other-race membership influence access to perceptual awareness. Cognition 184, 19-27.

Sai, L., Wu, H., Hu, X. *, & Fu, G. (2018). Telling a truth to deceive: Examining executive control and reward-related processes underlying interpersonal deception. Brain and Cognition125, 149-156.

Gawronski, B., Rydell, R. J., De Houwer, J., Brannon, S. M., Ye, Y., Vervliet, B., & Hu, X., (2018). Contextualized attitude change. Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, 57. 1-52.

Hu, X., Gawronski, B., & Balas, R. (2017). Propositional versus dual-process accounts of evaluative conditioning: II. The effectiveness of counter-conditioning and counter-instructions in changing implicit and explicit evaluations. Social Psychological and Personality Psychology, 8. 858-866. doi:10.1177/1948550617691094

Hu, X., Bergström, Z.M., Gagnepain, P., & Anderson, M.C. (2017). Suppressing unwanted memories reduces their unintended influences. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 26, 197-206. doi: 10.1177/0963721417689881

Yuan, J., Hu, X.#, Lu, Y., Bodenhausen, G. V., Fu, S. (2017). Faces presented under continuous flash suppression produce affective response biases. Consciousness and Cognition, 48, 273-282.

Hu, X., Gawronski, B., & Balas, R. (2017). Propositional versus dual-process accounts of evaluative conditioning: I. The effects of co-occurrence and relational information on implicit and explicit evaluations. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 43, 17-32. doi: 10.1177/0146167216673351

Hu, X., Antony, J. W., Creery, J. D., Vargas, I. M., Bodenhausen, G. V., & Paller, K. A. (2015). Unlearning implicit social biases during sleep. Science, 348, 1013-1015. doi: 10.1126/science.aaa3841.

Hu, X., Bergström, Z. M., Bodenhausen, G. V., & Rosenfeld, J. P. (2015). Suppressing unwanted autobiographical memories reduces their automatic influences: Evidence from electrophysiology and an implicit autobiographical memory test. Psychological Science, 26, 1098-1106. doi: 10.1177/0956797615575734.

Hu, X. #, Pornpattananangkul, N#. & Nusslock, R. (2015). Executive control- and reward-related neural processes associated with the opportunity to engage in voluntary dishonest moral decision making. Cognitive Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience, 15, 475-491. doi: 10.3758/s13415-015-0336-9.

Gawronski, B., Hu, X., Rydell, R. J., Vervliet, B., & De Houwer, J. (2015). Generalization and contextualization in automatic evaluation revisited: A meta-analysis of successful and failed replications. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 144, e50-e64.

Pornpattananangkul, N. #, Hu, X. #, & Nusslock, R. (2015). Threat/reward-sensitivity and hypomanic-personality modulate cognitive-control and attentional neural processes to emotional stimuli. Social Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience, 10. 1525-1536. doi:10.1093/scan/nsv042.


The Social and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab is looking for research interns to work on a range of research projects including but not limited to memory control, motivated forgetting, sleep and memory consolidation, ethical decision making, attitude formation and change, prejudice and stereotyping, implicit social cognition.

Some of the research questions we are currently investigating are:
how to help people better control unwanted thoughts and memories
how to leverage sleep to manipulate memories
how people form new attitudes or change their existing attitudes
how psychological distress influences ethical decision makings, how to reduce unintentional prejudice and stereotyping, etc.

Research interns are expected to work closely with Dr. Hu and other lab members on these projects, assisting in literature review, task programming, behavioral and EEG data collection, data analyses and manuscript preparation. Depending on specific project, research interns will gain experience in computer-based behavioral testing, EEG/PSG set up and testing, as well as eye-tracking.

Intern Selection:
Academic excellence
Highly motivated to gain hands-on experiences in behavioral neuroscience and sleep research
Knowledge of, or eager to learn programming/data analytical software including R, Python, E-prime, SPSS, Matlab.

Students from majors other than Psychology, including but not limited to Biology, Statistics, Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, Biomedical Science/Engineering etc. are also highly welcomed if you would like to gain interdisciplinary research experience. Because one main focus of the lab research concerns sleep’s role in emotion and memory processes, the Interns are expected to be flexible with schedule, such as monitoring EEGs/PSGs during evenings.  Students who are interested in working in the lab please send an email with CV to the lab director:

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