Project Description

Dr. Robin Zhengxi SHAO

Research Assistant Professor

Dr. Robin Zhengxi SHAO

Office: 6.54

Phone: (852) 3917-5655


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  • Honours B.A. (Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford)
  • M.A. (Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford)
  • Ph.D (Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford)


  • Clinical Neuroscience
  • Cognitive and Affective Processing
  • Stress and Resilience
  • Risky Decision Making


  1. Sin E#, Shao R#, TMC Lee*. The executive control correlate of loneliness in healthy older people. Aging & Mental Health, Online.
  2. Lin K#*, Shao R*, Wang R, Lu W, Zou W, Chen K, Gao Y, Brietzke E, McIntyre R, Mansur R, Zhang L, Yau S-Y, Su H, Xu G, So K-F*. Inflammation, brain structure and cognitive interrelations among individuals with differential risks for bipolar disorder. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity 2020; 83: 192-99.
  3. Yu J, Lam CLM, Man SC, Shao R, Lee TMC*. Multi-session anodal prefrontal transcranial direct current stimulation does not improve executive functions among older adults. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society 2019; Online, DOI:
  4. Wong NML, Shao R, Yeung PPS, Khong P-L, Mary-Schooling ESC, Leung GM*, Lee TMC*. Negative affect shared with siblings is associated with structural brain network efficiency and loneliness in adolescents. Neuroscience 2019; 421: 39-47.
  5. Wong NML#, Shao R#, Wu J#, Tao J, Chen L*, Lee TMC*. Cerebellar neural markers of susceptibility to social isolation and positive affective processing. Brain Structure and Function 2019; 224: 3339-51.
  6. Shao R, Liu H-L, Huang C-M, Chen Y-L, Gao M, Lee S-H, Lin C*, Lee TMC*. Loneliness and depression dissociated on parietal-centered networks in cognitive and resting states. Psychological Medicine 2019; doi: 10.1017/S0033291719002782. [Epub ahead of print]
  7. Zhang R#, Shao R#, Xu G*, Lu W, Zheng W, Miao Q, Chen K, Gao Y, Bi Y, Guan L, McIntyre RS, Deng Y, Huang X, So KF, Lin K*. Aberrant brain structural–functional connectivity coupling in euthymic bipolar disorder. Human Brain Mapping 2019;40(12):3452-63.
  8. Yang Q*, Shao R, Zhang Q, Li C, Li Y, Li H*, Lee TMC. When morality opposes the law: An fMRI investigation into punishment judgments for crimes with good intentions. Neuropsychologia 2019; 127:195-203.
  9. Sin EL#, Shao R#, Geng X, Cho V, Lee TMC*. The neuroanatomical basis of two subcomponents of rumination: A VBM study. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 2018; 12:324.
  10. Wu J#, Geng X#, Shao R#, Wong NM, Tao J, Chen L*, Chan CC*, Lee TMC*. Neurodevelopmental changes in the relationship between stress perception and prefrontal-amygdala functional circuitry. NeuroImage: Clinical 2018; 20:267-74.
  11. Shao R, Lau WK, Leung MK, Lee TMC*. Subgenual anterior cingulate-insula resting-state connectivity as a neural correlate to trait and state stress resilience. Brain and Cognition 2018; 124:73-81.
  12. Lin K#*, Shao R#, Geng X, Chen K, Lu R, Gao Y, Bi Y, Lu W, Guan L, Kong J, Xu G. Illness, at-risk and resilience neural markers of early-stage bipolar disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders 2018; 238:16-23.
  13. Lin K#*, Shao R#, Lu R, Chen K, Lu W, Li T, Kong J, So KF, Xu G*. Resting-state fMRI signals in offspring of parents with bipolar disorder at the high-risk and ultra-high-risk stages and their relations with cognitive function. Journal of Psychiatric Research 2018; 98:99-106.
  14. Sun D*, Shao R, Wang Z, Lee TMC*. Perceived gaze direction modulates neural processing of prosocial decision making. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 2018; 12:52.
  15. Shao R, Lee TMC*. Are individuals with higher psychopathic traits better learners at lying? Behavioural and neural evidence. Translational Psychiatry 2017; 7(7):e1175.
  16. Terrighena EL, Shao R, Lee TMC*. Impact of concurrent cognitive processing on cold pain perception: Implications for pain management and its neurobiological basis. Applied Neuropsychology: Adult 2017; 24(1):81-91.
  17. Shao R#, Keuper K#, Geng X, Lee TMC*. Pons to posterior cingulate functional projections predict affective processing changes in the elderly following eight weeks of meditation training. EBioMedicine 2016; 10:236-48.
  18. Shao R, Sun D, Lee TMC*. The interaction of perceived control and Gambler’s fallacy in risky decision making: An f MRI study. Human Brain Mapping 2016; 37(3):1218-34.
  19. Lee TMC*, Sun D, Wong NM, Shao R, Men W, Ge J, So KF, Gao JH*, Chan CC*. A pontine region is a neural correlate of the human affective processing network. EBioMedicine 2015; 2(11):1799-805.
  20. Shao R#, Zhang HJ#, Lee TMC*. The neural basis of social risky decision making in females with major depressive disorder. Neuropsychologia 2015; 67:100-10.
  21. Shao R, Lee TMC*. Aging and risk taking: toward an integration of cognitive, emotional, and neurobiological perspectives. Neuroscience and Neuroeconomics 2014 3: 47-62.
  22. Shao R, Wakeley J, Behrens TJ, Rogers RD*. Shifts in reinforcement signalling while playing slot-machines as a function of prior experience and personality. Transl Psychiatry 2013; 3:e213.

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