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Yuan-Wei Yao


Learning Lab

Ph.D. Candidate

Habelschwerdter Allee 45
Room JK 25/222f
14195 Berlin
2018 - pres Ph.D. candidate Psychology
Freie Universität Berlin
Einstein Center for Neuroscience Berlin
Berlin School of Mind and Brain
2015 - 2018 M.Sc. Psychology, Beijing Normal University
2011 - 2015  B.Sc. Psychology, Beijing Normal University

I have done some studies examining value-based decision-making alterations in individuals with behavioral addictions. During my PhD, I extended my research focus to the healthy population. My current project is to examine how subjective value is encoded in the human brain during effort-related decision-making, using a combination of behavioral experiment, fMRI, and computational modeling.

Selected publications

Yao, Y.-W., Song, K.-R., Schuck, N. W., Li, X., Fang, X.-Y., Zhang, J.-T., Heekeren, H. R., & Bruckner, R. (2022). The dorsomedial prefrontal cortex represents subjective value across effort-based and risky decision-making. PsyArXiv, https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/6rpy5

Lopez-Gamundi, P*., Yao, Y. W*., Chong, T. T., Heekeren, H. R., Herrero, E. M., & Pallares, J. M. (2021). The neural basis of effort valuation: A meta-analysis of functional magnetic resonance imaging studies. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 131, 1275-1287, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neubiorev.2021.10.024

Yao, Y. W., Liu, L., Worhunsky, P. D., Lichenstein, S., ... & Yip, S. W. (2020). Is monetary reward processing altered in drug-naïve youth with a behavioral addiction? Findings from internet gaming disorder. NeuroImage: Clinical26, 102202, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nicl.2020.102202

Liu, L*., Yao, Y. W*., Li, C. S. R., Zhang, J. T., ... & Fang, X. Y. (2018). The comorbidity between internet gaming disorder and depression: Interrelationship and neural mechanisms. Frontiers in psychiatry9, 154, https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2018.00154

Yao, Y. W*., Chen, P. R*., Li, C. R., Hare, T. A., … & Fang, X. Y. (2017). Combined reality therapy and mindfulness meditation decrease intertemporal decisional impulsivity in young adults with Internet gaming disorder. Computers in Human Behavior, 68, 210-216, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2016.11.038

Yao, Y. W., Liu, L., Ma, S. S., Shi, X. H., Zhou, N., Zhang, J. T., & Potenza, M. N. (2017). Functional and structural neural alterations in Internet gaming disorder: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 83, 313-324, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neubiorev.2017.10.029