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Rui Sun

Rui Sun

PhD Candidate

Room 107, Department of Psychology, Dowing Site


       I received my bachelor of psychology from Peking University, China and my MRes of Cognitive Neuroscience from University College London, UK. I am currently a PhD Candidate in Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge.

       Before moving to Cambridge, I worked on emotion, self and prosocial behaviour with Prof. Shihui Han at Peking University and self / social- prediction in people with autism with Dr.Sarah White at University College London. 

Research Interests

       Broadly speaking, I have three lines of research interests:
       The first line of my research is about social status and prosociality, and how this relationship is moderated by situations, external factors and personal differences. Currently, I am studying how targets’ social status influences the empathy they receive.
       The second line of my research lie in how oxytocin influences perceptions and social behaviors, and what the mechanism is. Specifically, I am interested in how personality, attachment and cognitive style moderate the effect. Oxytocin’s effect on cultural dimension also interests me.
       My third research interest is how social network, both online (such as Facebook and Twitter) and in real life, influences human social behaviors. I am interested in predicting various  behaviors such as wellbeing, decision making, health and prosociality through online traits.
       I am using questionnaire, live experiments, online experiments, physiological and machine learning methods to explore the questions.  


  • fMRI
  • Asperger Syndrome
  • genetics
  • psychology
  • cognitive neuroscience
  • brain imaging
  • behaviour
  • social Neuroscience
  • neuroscience
  • autism
  • social cognition