Xin Zhang is an associate professor at the Department of Developmental and Educational Psychology, Peking University. He earned his Ph.D. in Psychology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research interests include Motivation in older adults, Aging stereotypes, Self-perception of aging and Emotion Regulation.

List of Publications

Xia, B., Xi, W., Bi, X., & Zhang, X.* (in press). Retirement is not the end of the road: Essentialist beliefs about aging moderate the association between future time perspective and retirement adjustment. Current Psychology. doi://10.1007/s12144-023-04731-w

Lu, Y., Lu, Y., Han, Z. R., Qin, S., Zhang, X., Yi, L., & Zhang, H. (in press). Prediction from minimal experience: How people predict the duration of an ongoing epidemic. Cognitive Science. doi://10.1111/cogs.13294

Ma, G., Chen, Z., & Zhang, X.* (in press). To Help or Not: Negative Aging Stereotypes Held by Younger Adults Could Promote Helping Behaviors toward Older Adults. Current Psychology. doi://10.1007/s12144-023-04371-0

Liao, S., Tang, W., & Zhang, X.* (in press). Age-Related Differences in Responses to Social Exclusion: Active Regulation Matters. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences. doi:/10.1093/geronb/gbad014.

Wang, C., Liu, Z., Chen, T., Wang, J., Zhang, X., & Han, B. (2022). Intergenerational Support and Depressive Symptoms in Old Age: The Difference between Urban and Rural China. Frontiers in Public Health, 10, 1007408.

Chang, Y., Liu, S., & Zhang, X.* (2022). The Nuanced Relationship Between Age Stereotypes and Personnel Decisions: Contextual Considerations. Work, Aging and Retiremen, 8, 348–351. doi://10.1093/workar/waac022

Xi, W., Zhang, X.*, & Ayalon, L. (2022). The framing effect of intergenerational comparison of technologies on technophobia among older adults. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 77B, 1179 – 1185.

Chen, C., Xu, Y., Sun, Y., & Zhang, X*. (2022). Age differences in facial trustworthiness perception are diminished by affective processing. European Journal of Ageing, 19, 413–422.

Lin, H., Chang, Y., Chen, C., Ho, Y. W., Xi, W., Zhang, X.*, Fung, H. H., & Ayalon, L. (2022). Are older adults more optimistic? Evidence from China, Israel and the US. Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 77B, e83 – e94. DOI://10.1093/geronb/gbab046

Chen, Z., & Xin Zhang.* (2022). We Were All Once Young: Reducing Hostile Ageism from Younger Adults' Perspective. Frontiers in Psychology, 2022: 13, 793373. doi://10.3389/fpsyg.2022.793373

Xi, W., Zhang, X.*, & Ayalon, L. (2022). When less intergenerational closeness helps: The influence of intergenerational physical proximity and technology attributes on technophobia among older adults. Computers in Human Behavior, 131

Lu, Y., Chen, C., Yin, X., & Zhang, X*. (2021). Viewing time and facial trustworthiness perception: Giving it a second thought may not work for older adults. PsyCh Journal, 10, 805-815.

Xi, W. Y., Xu, W. Q., Zhang, X.*, & Ayalon, L.* (2021). A Thematic Analysis of Weibo Topics (Chinese Twitter Hashtags) regarding Older Adults During the COVID-19 Outbreak. Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 76, e306 – e312. DOI: 10.1093/geronb/gbaa148

Chang, Y., Zhang, X.*, & Li, Y. (2020). Benefits of Grandparental Caregiving in Chinese Older Adults: Reduced Lonely Dissatisfaction as a Mediator. Frontiers in Psychology, 2020:11. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.01719

Weiss, D., & Zhang, X. (2020). Multiple Sources of Aging Attitudes: Perceptions of Age Groups and Generations From Adolescence to Old Age Across China, Germany, and the United States. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology., 51, 407 – 423. DOI: 10.1177/0022022120925904.

Zhang, X.*, Kamin, S., Liu, S., Fung, H. H., & Lang, F. R. (2020). Negative Self-perception of Aging and Mortality in Very Old Chinese Adults: The Mediation Role of Healthy Lifestyle. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 75B, 1001-1009.

Wang, Y., Zhang, X., Li, J., & Xie, X. (2019). Light in Darkness: Low Self-Control Promotes Altruism in Crises. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 41, 201-213.

Zhang, X.*, & Lin, H. M. (2019). Disengagement Theory. In D. Gu, & M. E. Dupre (eds.), Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging. Springer Nature: Switzerland. Doi:10.1007/978-3-319-69892-2_645-1

Chang, Y. Q., Lu, Y., & Zhang, X.* (2019). Subjective Well-being. In D. Gu, & M. E. Dupre (eds.), Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging. Springer Nature: Switzerland. Doi:10.1007/978-3-319-69892-2_837-1

Zhang, X.*, Lecce, S., Ceccato, I., Cavallini, E., Zhang, L., & Chen, T. (2018). Plasticity in older adults’ theory of mind performance: the impact of motivation. Aging & Mental Health, 22:12, 1592-1599.

Chan, D. K. C., Hamamura, T., Li, L. M. W., & Zhang, X. (2017). Is Trusting Others Related to Better Health? An Investigation of Older Adults across Six Non-Western Countries. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 48, 1288-1301.

Chan, D. K. C., Hamamura, T., Li, L. M., & Zhang, X. (2017). The effect of generalised trust on health depends on human development? A cross-sectional investigation across China, Ghana, India, Mexico, South Africa, and Russia. Lancet, 390, S105. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(17)33243-9.

Xing, C., Zhang, X.*, & Cheng, S. T., (2017). More Social Partners Lead to Enhanced Mental Health? The Paradox between Quantity and Quality. PsyCh Journal, 6, 219 - 227.

Zhang, F., Zhang, X., Luo, M., & Geng, H. (2016). The Effects of Feedback on Memory Strategy of Younger and Older adults. PLOS One, 11, e0168896.

Chan, D. K. C., Zhang, X.*, Fung, H. H., & Hagger, M. S. (2016). Affect, affective variability, and physical health: Results from a population-based investigation in China. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 23, 438 – 446.

Fung, H. H.*, Ho, Y. W., Zhang, R., Zhang, X.*, Noels, K. A., Tam, K. P. (2016). Age Differences in Personal Values: Universal or Cultural Specific? Psychology and Aging, 31, 274 – 286.

Song, X., Zhang, X.*, Melloy, R., Wang, F., Zhan, H., & Wang, L. (2016). From self-disclosure to prosocial behaviour: Feedback as a moderator. Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 19, 90 – 100.

Zhang, X.*, Xing, C., Guan, Y., Song, X., Melloy, R., Wang, F., & Jin, X. (2016). Attitudes toward older adults: A matter of cultural values or personal values? Psychology and Aging, 31, 89 – 100.

Chan, D. K. C., Yang, S. X., Mullan, B., Du, X., Zhang, X., Chatzisarantis, N. L. D., & Hagger, M. S. (2015). Preventing the spread of H1N1 influenza infection during a pandemic: Autonomy supportive advise versus controlling instruction. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 38, 416-426.

Chan, D. K. C., Zhang, X.*, Fung, H. H., & Hagger, M. S. (2015). Does emotion and its daily fluctuation correlate with depression? A cross-cultural analysis among six developing countries. Journal of Epidemiology and Global Health, 5, 65 - 74.

Zhang, X.*, Fung, H. H., Stanley, J. T., & Isaacowitz, D. M. (2014). Thinking more holistically as we grow older? Results from different tasks in two cultures. Culture and Brain., 2, 109 - 121.

Fung. H. H., Li, T., Zhang, X., Sit, I. M. I., Cheng, S. T., & Isaacowitz, D. M. (2014). Too Positive to be True: Exposure to Positive Portrayals of Old Age Does Not Always Have Positive Consequences. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbu061

Wuyun, G., Shu, M., Cao, Z., ... Zhang. X., et al. (2014). Neural representations of the self and the mother for Chinese inpiduals. PLoS ONE, 9, e91556. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0091556

Zhang, X.*, Fung, H. H., Stanley, J. T., Isaacowitz, D. M., & Ho, M. Y. (2013). Perspective taking in older age revisited: A motivational perspective. Developmental Psychology, 49, 1848 – 1858.

Stanley, J. T., Zhang, X.*, Fung, H. H., & Isaacowitz, D. M. (2013). Cultural differences in gaze and emotion recognition: Americans contrast more than Chinese. Emotion,13, 36 – 46. doi: 10.1037/a0029209.

Ho, M. Y., Cheung, F. M., You, J., Kam, C., Zhang, X., & Kliewer, W. (2013). The moderating role of emotional stability in the relationship between exposure to violence and anxiety and depression. Personality and Inpidual Differences, 55, 634 – 639.

Song, X., Shang, R., Bi, Q., Zhang, X.*, & Wu, Y. (2012). The influence of sex difference on self-reference effects in a male-dominated culture. Psychological Reports, 111, 383 – 392.

Zhang, X.*, Yeung, D. Y., Fung, H. H., & Lang, F. R. (2011). Changes in peripheral social partners and loneliness over time: The moderating role of interdependence. Psychology and Aging., 26, 823 – 829.

Fung, H. H., Ho, Y. W., Tam, K. P., Tsai, J., & Zhang, X. (2011). Value moderates age differences in personality: The example of relationship orientation. Personality and Inpidual Differences, 50, 994 – 999.

Zhang, X.*, Ersner-Hershfield, H., & Fung, H. H. (2010). Age differences in poignancy in two different cultures: Cognitive reappraisal as a moderator. Psychology and Aging, 25, 310 – 320.

Zhang, X.* & Fung, H. H. (2009). Does graduation give rise to increased poignancy? Moderation roles of university identity and emotion regulation. Personality and Inpidual Differences, 47, 722 – 727.

Zhang, X.*, Fung, H. H., & Ching, B. H. (2009). Age differences in goals: Implications for health promotion. Aging and Mental Health, 13, 336 – 348.

Book Chapter

Zhang, X., & Ho, Y. W. (2014). In the Pursuit of Emotionally Meaningful Goals: When Would the Older Asians Display or not to Display the Positivity Effect. In S. T. Cheng, I. Chi, L.W. Li, J. Woo, & H. H. Fung, (Eds.), Successful Aging: Asian Perspectives. New York: Springer.