Neuroscience Seminar at DKU

January 30, 2021

Dr. Diogo Santos-Pata is invited by Dr. Sze Chai Kwok to give a talk on his recent work as the title “Hippocampal Mechanisms Involved in Memory Encoding, Semantic Content Generation and Error Quantification”.

For the details, please see below.

Decoded Neurofeedback Toward Bias and Racism Mitigation (2021-2022)

January 23, 2021

Dr. Sze Chai Kwok was selected for a Bass Connections project by Duke University with co-PI James Moody.

This project’s goals are to understand the neural basis of ingroup bias through advanced functional neuroimaging; validate the effectiveness of decoded neurofeedback on the downregulation of neural representation underlying ingroup bias; developing a proof-of-concept protocol for clinical applications; extend fMRI decoded neurofeedback methods to “modulate” racial biases; and raise public awareness that biases could be modulated.

For more details, please visit this page.

New Abstract Accepted as Poster Presentation in 2021 Cosyne

January 23, 2021

We have got an abstract accepted as poster presentation in 2021 Cosyne:

Zuo SWang LJin Z, Kusunoki M, Zhou Y-d, Kwok SC (2021) Primate PPC neurons track passage of time and orchestrate for successful temporal order memory. Cosyne 2021 #214.


National Merit Scholarship

November 6, 2020

We congratulate Lei Wang for being awarded a prestigious National Merit Scholarship for PhD studies (ranked 2nd). Here is the news in college website.

Nengda Scholarship

November 6, 2020

We congratulate Yudian Cai for being awarded a prestigious Nengda Scholarship for PhD studies (ranked 4th). Here is the news in college website.

NSFC General Program Grant

September 18, 2020

The lab has been awarded a 4-year National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) General Program grant to study “Domain-specificity of metacognition and its neural substrates”. 

DKU News about Our New Paper

September 3, 2020

Duke Kunshan University (DKU) published the news about our new paper as the title: Out of sight, but not out of mind, on their homepage.

New Article out in Behavioural Brain Research

September 3, 2020

Our group member, Lei Wang, just published his new article, Fallacious reversal of event-order during recall reveals memory reconstruction in rhesus monkeys, in Behavioural Brain Research.

Editorial Board

June 28, 2020

Sze Chai has accepted an invitation to join the Editorial Board of the journal Cognitive Processing (Springer).

Young IBRO Regions Connecting Award

June 28, 2020

Sze Chai has been selected for a Young IBRO Regions Connecting Award, with co-applicant Eduardo A. Garza-Villarreal of Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

Academic Seminar Guest in Zhejiang University

June 5, 2020

Sze Chai Kwok was invited by Dr. Shaomin Zhang, who worked as a professor in Institute of Brian-machine Interface of Zhejiang University, to give a talk on our recent works.

More details’ in the poster below.

Lei Wang’s Talk in Neuromatch 2.0

June 5, 2020

Lei Wang’s submission was selected as short talk in Neuromatch 2.0. He presented his latest work on how precuneual neurons code for content and temporal information in the macaques. 

(Link:, starting at 13’00”)

NYU Shanghai News about Our New Paper

May 21, 2020

New York University Shanghai (NYU Shanghai) published the news about our new paper as the title: New study finds evidence for memory replay phenomenon in macaque monkeys, on their homepage.

Campus News about Our New Paper

May 8, 2020

Our university, East China Normal University(ECNU), released the news about our new paper: Behavioral evidence for memory replay of video episodes in the macaque on WeChat official account. For the whole news, see here.

Review Editor

April 15, 2020

Sze Chai Kwok accepted invitation to serve as Review Editor for Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.

New Open Research Fund

March 22, 2020

We are granted a new Open Research Fund by the State Key Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience and Learning (Beijing Normal University) to study metacognition with Xiaohong Wan as host investigator at BNU.

New Preprint out on BioRxiv

February 18, 2020

Our group member, Yunxuan Zheng, just published his new preprint article, Diffusion property and functional connectivity of superior longitudinal fasciculus underpin human metacognition, on BioRxiv.

Lab visit to Beijing Normal University and Peking University

December 7, 2019

Our group made a whirlwind trip to BNU and PKU on 5th-6th December 2019, and over a 2-day window, participated in three joint group meetings with Professor Liang Luo’s lab (BNU), Professor Xiaohong Wan’s lab (BNU), and Professor Yuji Naya’s lab (PKU). Over 8 presentations and discussions, we have covered an array of topics ranging from cognitive and neural components of metacognition, associative nature of MTL neurons, to the importance and hands-on wisdom in running a sustainable NHP lab. We also had the privilege in paying visits to the nonhuman primate facilities on both campuses.

Our group in BNU
Our group in PKU

Two presentations at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Japan Neuroscience Society 

July 24, 2019

Lei Wang and Shuzhen Zuo will each give an oral presentation in NEURO2019 to be held from July 25th to 28th in Niigata, Japan.

Their abstracts can be found here and here.

NYU-ECNU Neuro Institute Retreat in Qiandao Lake

July 14, 2019

We are giving four poster presentations at the NYU-ECNU Neuro Institute Retreat in Qiandao Lake, China on 15-16 July 2019. Lei Wang will speak on his ephys data on putative memory traces in the posteromedial parietal cortices; Yudain Cai will speak on his probability distribution modelling work on task preparation time in macaques; Futing Zou will present her latest data on the role of angular gyrus in giving rise to a sense of vividness during memory retrieval, and Xinming Xu will present his work on how the precuneus is implicated during chronological order judgement.  Their respective posters can be found here: [Wang et al., Cai et al., Zou et al., and Xu et al.].

Sze Chai will chair one of the sessions and will give a talk on the neurophysiology of hippocampus-independent memories and temporal-order judgement in the macaque posterior parietal cortex on 15th July 2019.

Minisymposium on systems neuroscience: from patients to fundamentals

May 14, 2019

Minisymposium on systems neuroscience: from patients to fundamentals, featuring Andy C. H. Lee, Parashkev Nachev, Yingying Tang, Alicia Izquierdo, Edmund T. Rolls and Christian G Specht.

For details, see link.

Our presence at CNS 2019

Two of our lab members are going to present at this year’s Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS) Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

Qun Ye is going to present Task-independent abstraction of episodic context in parietal cortices.

Xinming Xu will talk about Reconstructing real-life event sequences with schema-based knowledge.