Dr. Shihui Han is a distinguished professor at the Department of Psychology, Peking University, and a principal investigator at PKU-IDG/McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Peking University. He is the director of Culture and Social Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory. He served as the Chair of the Department of Psychology at Peking University between 2003 and 2007. He studies cultural and genetic influences on neural substrates of social cognition such as self-referential processing, empathy, death awareness, etc.
One line of his research reveals cultural influences on neural representations of the self during self-reflection and self-face recognition. Another line of his research reveals social/cognitive/neural/genetic mechanisms underlying racial in-group bias in empathy for others’ suffering. His research contributes to the development of cultural neuroscience in the world.
He is the founding editor in chief of the journal "Culture and Brain", the associate editor of "Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience". He has published over 150 peer review research papers in Nature Review Neuroscience, Annual Review of Psychology, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Brain, Current Biology, Neuropsychopharmacology, Cerebral Cortex, Journal of Neuroscience, Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, Psychological Science, NeuroImage, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Human Brain Mapping, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Social Neuroscience, etc.