I am a postdoctoral research associate in the Developmental Social Cognitive Neuroscience lab since May 2017. I received my Bachelor's degree in Archival Science with a minor in Finance from the Northwest University (China) in 2009, and received my Master's degree in Applied Psychology from the Guangzhou University (China) in 2013. Since October 2013, I was a Ph.D. student in the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences and Leipzig University (Germany), and received my Ph.D. degree (Dr. rer. nat.) in Psychology in February 2017. My Ph.D. thesis focused on brain development in preschool children and its relation to language processing and development using the resting-state fMRI technique. My current work with Prof. Elizabeth Redcay focuses on investigating the neural basis of social cognitive processes in typically and atypically developing children.  

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  • PhD
    Psychology, Leipzig University, Germany
  • MS
    Applied Psychology, Guangzhou University, China
  • BA
    Archival Science, Northwest University, China

I am interested in exploring brain mechanisms of cognitive processes and development in typically and atypically developing brain using task-based and task-free fMRI techniques. 

Research Methods
Functional MRI
Research Interests
Social cognition and theory of mind
Cognitive development
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Neuroscience and Cognitive Science
xiaoyaq [at] umd.edu