Chun-Ting Hsu

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Chun-Ting Hsu  |  Research Fellow  |

I have been using functional MRI to investigate often-interdisciplinary topics in emotion and language processing, aiming at naturalistic experimental paradigm for greater generalizability of my study results in real-life. My current project focus on the neural mechanism of how direct gaze in live interaction affects (positive) emotion contagion and whether it could further enhance long-term care quality. Applicable methodology include video recording of live interaction, skin conductance, electromyogram, eye-tracking, and functional MRI. My previous research topics included (1) how the autistic and empathy traits modulated the connection between spontaneous facial mimicry and social reward, (2) how individual differences in executive function and reading habits and textual knowledge structures affect expository text reading comprehension, and (3) emotion processing in literary text reading.



M.D., Medicine, National Taiwan University, Taiwan, 2006
M.Sc., Integrative Neuroscience, Otto-von-Guericke University of Magdeburg, Germany, 2010
Ph.D., Psychology, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, 2014
Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Reading, UK, 2015 - 16
Postdoctoral Scholar, Pennsylvania State University, USA, 2016 - 18
Research Fellow, Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University, Japan, 2018 – present

O'Connell, G.*, Hsu, C.-T.*, Christakou, A., Chakrabarti, B. (2017). Shared neural mechanisms for controlling egocentric bias during perspective-taking and intertemporal choices. Cogn Affect Behav Neurosci.

Hsu, C.-T.*, Sims, T.*, & Chakrabarti, B. (2017). How mimicry influences the neural correlates of reward: an fMRI study. Neuropsychologia.

Hsu, C.-T.*, Neufeld, J.*, & Chakrabarti, B. (2017). Reduced reward-related striatal response to imitation in individuals with autism. Eur J Neurosci.

Hsu, C.-T., Jacobs, A. M., & Conrad, M. (2015). Can Harry Potter still put a spell on us in a second language? An fMRI study on reading emotion-laden literature in late bilinguals. Cortex. 63, 282-295.

Hsu, C.-T., Jacobs, A. M., Citron, F. M. M., & Conrad, M. (2015). The emotion potential of words and passages in reading Harry Potter - an fMRI study. Brain Lang, 142, 96-114.

Hsu, C.-T., Jacobs, A. M., Altmann, U., & Conrad, M. (2015). The magical activation of left amygdala when reading Harry Potter: An fMRI study on how descriptions of supra-natural events entertain and enchant. PLoS One, 10(2), e0118179.

Hsu, C.-T., Conrad, M., & Jacobs, A. M. (2014). Fiction feelings in Harry Potter: haemodynamic response in the mid-cingulate cortex correlates with immersive reading experience. NeuroReport. 25: 1356-1361.

* Equal contribution