Dr. Yina Ma is currently the Director of Social & Affective NeuroPharmacology (SANP) Lab and Principle Investigator in State Key Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience and Learning, and IDG/McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Beijing Normal University. She obtained her Ph.D degree in Cognitive Neuroscience at Peking University, and was a Research Scientist at Dartmouth College and Johns Hopkins University. Integrating neuroscience techniques (fMRI, fNIRS, sEEG), pharmacological challenge, and computational modeling, her research group aims to elucidate the neurobiological mechanisms underlying social decision-making during interpersonal and intergroup interactions, and to reveal how the mechanisms are altered. These findings have been published on high-profile journals such as Nature Neuroscience, PNAS, Molecular Psychiatry, Brain Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Cerebral Cortex, Neuropsychopharmacology, British Journal of Psychiatry, etc. She is an elected member of the Executive Committee at the Social and Affective Neuroscience Society, and currently serving as Associate Editor for Biological Psychology and the editorial boards of Emotion, Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, etc. The long-term goals of the SANP lab are to uncover the central neurobiological determinants of human social behaviors, and to integrate its empirical findings with public mental health issues to promote well-being and social functioning.
Lab website: https://mylab.bnu.edu.cn/