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WANG, Lei, Ph.D.


Director for Social and I/O Psychology 

Professor of Psychology (1999-)

Clifton Chair Professor of Leadership (2002-)

Research Fellow, Human Studies Center, Munich University, Germany (2000-)

Research Professor, Center for Culture and Behavior Study, University of California at Berkeley (2006-)


Advisory Board Member, National Key Project "Management of Irregular Emergent Critical Event" of National Science Foundation of China (2009.1-2014.14)

Principal Investigator, National Key Project "Work Stress and Job Burnout" (2010.1-2012.12)


Educational Background:

  • Ph.D. at Psychology, Peking University


Working Experiences:

  • July 1999--: Professor of Psychology, Peking University
  • May 2002--: Donald Clifton Chair Professor of Leadership
  • Jan-June, 2005: Freeman Professor, UC Berkeley



  • Fellow, Center of Human Studies at University of Munich (2000-- )
  • Research Professor, UC Berkeley (2006--)


Administrative Work:

  • July 1996 – Dec. 2003: Chair, Department of Psychology, Peking University
  • 2002--: Director, Division of Applied Psychology, Dept. of Psychology, Peking University
  • 2001-2011: Director, National Advisory Board for Higher Education in Psychology
  • June 2008 -: Vice Chair, Department of Psychology, Peking University


Academic Experience Abroad:

  • Sep. 1995—Sep. 1996: Senior Associate of St. Antony College and Experimental Psychology Department, Oxford University
  • Jan.— Jun., 2005: Freeman Professor at University of California at Berkeley


Membership & Social/Public Responsibility:

  • Director, Consulting Committee For Higher Education In Psychology, China Ministry of Education(2001-2011)
  • Vice President, Chinese Social Psychology Association (2010-2015)
  • Chair, Experimental Psychology Division, Chinese Psychological Association(2001-2005)
  • Vice Director, Economic Psychology Division, Chinese Social Psychological Association(1998-2006)
  • The Assessment Committee For Senior Professional Staff, China Ministry of Personnel
  • The Expert Board For State Civil Servant Recruitment And Assessment, State Ministry of Personnel
  • International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • International Association of Applied Psychology
  • International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development
  • American Marketing Association
  • American Psychological Association
  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology


Editorial Board:

  • Asian Journal of Social Psychology, Associate Editor
  • Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • Journal of Cognitive Development
  • Journal of Business & Psychology
  • British Journal of Social Psychology
  • Psychology & Marketing
  • Journal of Applied Psychology (Chinese)

  • Chief Editor of Chinese Encyclopedia of Sciences: Psychology (vol. 1-12)


Consulting and Training Experiences:

  • Developed more than 50 psychological and personnel tests which is the largest Chinese test pool in China and run an assessment center on campus of Peking University.
  • Providing organizational and HRM&D consulting, leadership and team training, psychological testing service for more than 100 international and local companies and government departments such as Shell International, IBM, P&G, Pfizer, GSK, Merck, BMW, TOTO, Alcatel, La Farge, Henkel, OCBC Singapore, Lenovo, ABN AMRO TEDA FUND, China Merchants Bank, TCL, 72 central governmental ministries and ministry level state-owned companies, etc.
  • Providing consumer behavior and marketing research consulting for key mass media and companies.
  • Independent Director for a Stock-Exchange Listed company.


Teaching Courses:

  • Applied Psychology
  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Psychometrics and HR Assessment
  • Chinese Applied Social Psychology
  • Leadership
  • Consumer Psychology


Research Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Leadership
  • Motivation
  • Team Building
  • Personnel Assessment
  • Corporation Culture and Management
  • Behavioral Economics
  • EQ for Management
  • Cultural Psychology
  • Occupational Health
  • Work Stress and Job Burnout
  • Emotion

List of Publications

Yan Huang, Yera Choe, Soomin Lee, Enzhe Wang, Yuanzhi Wu, Lei Wang (corresponding author) (2018). Drinking Tea Improves the Performance of Divergent Creativity. Food Quality and Preference66, 29-35.

Wenqi Wei, Jackson G. Lu, Adam D. Galinsky, Han Wu, Samuel D. Gosling, Peter J. Rentfrow, Wenjie Yuan, Qi Zhang, Yongyu Guo, Ming Zhang, Wenjing Gui, Xiao Yi Guo, Jeff Potter, Jian Wang, Bingtan Li, Xiaojie Li, Yang-Mei Han, Meizhen Lv1, Xiang-Qing Guo, Yera Choe, Weipeng Lin, Kun Yu, Qiyu Bai, Zhe Shang, Han Ying, & Lei Wang (corresponding author) (2017). Regional Clement Temperature associated with Human Personality. Nature Human Behaviour, 1, 890–895.

Jingqiu Chen,Lei Wang,Ningyu Tang (2016). Half the sky: The moderating role of cultural collectivism in job turnover among Chinese female workers. Journal of Business Ethics, 133, 487–498. DOI:10.1007/s10551-014-2395-1

Jiangqun Liao & Lei Wang* (corresponding author) (2017). The Structure of the Chinese Material Value Scale: An Eastern Cultural View. Frontiers in Psychology, 8:1852.

Shang, Z., Wang L, & Wu, H. (2017). The Interactive Influence of Perceived Ownership and Perceived Choosership of Stocks on Brain Response to Stock Outcomes. Frontiers in Psychology: Decision Neuroscience. 8:8. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00008

Xiong, KH (Xiong, Kehan); Lin, WP (Lin, Weipeng); Li, JC (Li, Jenny C.); Wang, L(Wang, Lei)(2016). Employee Trust in Supervisors and Affective Commitment: The Moderating Role of Authentic Leadership. Psychological Reports, 118 (3), 829-848. doi: 10.1177/0033294116644370

Wenjie Yuan & Lei Wang (2016). Optimism and attributional style impact on the relationship between general insecurity and mental health. Personality and Individual Differences, 101, 312–317. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2016.06.005

Shang, Z., Tao, T., & Wang, L. (2016). Don’t Always Prefer My Chosen Objects: Low Level of Trait Autonomy and Autonomy Deprivation Decreases Mere Choice Effect. Front. Psychol. 7:524. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00524

Qiyu Bai, Weipeng Lin, & Lei Wang (corresponding author) (2016). Family Incivility and Counterproductive Work Behavior: A Moderated Mediation Model of State Self-esteem and Emotional Regulation. Journal of Vocational Behavior. 94, 11-19.

Weipeng Lin, Lei Wang (corresponding author), Peter Bamberger, Qi Zhang, Haifeng Wang, Wencai Guo, Jing Shi, Tao Zhang (2016). Leading Future Orientations for Current Effectiveness: The Role of Engagement and Supervisor Coaching in Linking Future Work Self Salience to Job Performance. Journal of Vocational Behavior. 92, 145-156.

Kun Yu, Weipeng Lin, Lei Wang (corresponding author), Jingjing Ma, Wenqi Wei, Haifeng Wang, Wencai Guo, & Jing Shi (2016). The role of affective commitment and future work self salience in the abusive supervision–job performance relationship. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 89, 28–45. DOI:10.1111/joop.12101.

Angelina R. Sutin, Yannick Stephan, Lei Wang (co-corresponding author), Shoumin Gao, Ping Wang, & Antonio Terracciano (2015). Personality Traits and Body Mass Index in Asian Populations. Journal of Research in Personality, 58, 137-142. (OCT 2015) DOI: 10.1016/j.jrp.2015.07.006.

Wenqi Wei, Jingjing Ma, & Lei Wang (corresponding author) (2015). The ‘warm’ side of coldness: Cold promotes interpersonal warmth in negative contexts.British Journal of Social Psychology, Vol. 54, Issue 4, 712–727. December 2015. DOI:10.1111/bjso.12108.

Wenqi WEI, Lei WANG, Zhe SHANG & Jenny LI (2015). Non-sympathetic FRN Responses to Drops in Others' Stocks. Social Neuroscience. Vol. 10, No. 6, 616-623,

Jiajing Tong, Lei Wang (corresponding author), & Kaiping Peng (2015). From person-environment misfit to job burnout: Theoretical extensions. Journal of Managerial Psychology. 30, 2, 169 – 182. DOI:

Weipeng Lin, Jingjing Ma, Lei Wang (corresponding author), & Mo Wang (2014). A double-edged sword: The moderating role of conscientiousness in the relationships between work stressors, psychological strain, and job performance. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 36, 94-111. DOI: 10.1002/job.1949.

Church, AT, Katigbak, MS, Arias, RM, Lei Wang (2014). A four-culture study of self-enhancem ent and adjustment using the social relations model: Do alternative conceptualizations and indices make a difference? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 106 (6), 997-1014. (JUN 2014).

Lockenhoff, CE, Chan, W, McCrae, RR, Wang, Lei (2014). Gender Stereotypes of Personality Universal and Accurate? Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 45 (5), 675-694 (JUN 2014). DOI: 10.1177/0022022113520075

McCrae, RR, Chan, W, Jussim, L, Wang, L (2013). The inaccuracy of national character stereotypes. Journal of Research in Personality, 47 (6) (DEC 2013). DOI: 10.1016/j.jrp.2013.08.006.

Xiaoyan Liu & Lei Wang (Corresponding author) (2013). Generalizability of delay of gratification: Uncovering its dimensionality and function. Psychological Reports, 113, 2, 464-485 (Oct. 2013)

Yongdong Gao, Junqi Shi, Qikun Niu, & Lei Wang. Work-family conflict and job satisfaction: Emotional intelligence as a moderator. Stress & Health, Article first published online : 27 SEP 2012, DOI: 10.1002/smi.2451.

Xiang Yao, Shuhong Wang, Junhua, Dang, & Lei Wang (2012). The Role of Individualism-Collectivism in the Individual Creative Process. Creativity Research Journal, 24, 4, 296-303. DOI: 10.1080/10400419.2012.730001.

Weipeng Lin & Lei Wang (Corresponding author), & Shuting Chen (2013). Abusive Supervision and Employee Well-Being: The Moderating Effect of Power Distance Orientation. Applied Psychology – An International Review, 62(2), 308-329. Doi: 10.1111/j.1464-0597.2012.00520.x

Jiajin Tong, Xiang Yao, Zhixin Lu, & Lei Wang (王垒, corresponding author) (2013). The impact pattern of dialectical thinking on perceived leadership training outcomes. Journal of Applied Social Psychology. Doi: 10.1111/jasp.12087.

Katigbak, M. S., Church, A. T., Alvarez, J. M., Wang, C., Vargas-Flores, J., Ibáñez-Reyes, J., Mazuera Arias, R., Rincon, B. C., Wang, L., Ortiz, F. A. (2013). Cross-observer agreement and self-concept consistency across cultures: Integrating trait and cultural psychology perspectives. Journal of Research in Personality, 47, 78-89.

Chan, W., McCrae, R. R., De Fruyt, F., Jussim, L., Löckenhoff, C. E., De Bolle, M., Costa, P. T., Sutin, A. R., Realo, A., Allik, J., Nakazato, K., Shimonaka, Y., Hřebíčková, M., Kourilova, S., Yik, M., Ficková, E., Brunner-Sciarra, M., Leibovich de Figueora, N., Schmidt, V., Ahn, C., Ahn, H., Aguilar-Vafaie, M. E., Siuta, J., Szmigielska, B., Cain, T. R., Crawford, J. T., Mastor, K. A., Rolland, J. P., Nansubuga, F., Miramontez, D. R., Benet-Martínez, V., Rossier, J., Bratko, D., Marušić, I., Halberstadt, J., Yamaguchi, M., Knežević, G., Martin, T. A., Gheorghiu, M., Smith, P. B., Barbaranelli, C., Wang, L., Shakespeare-Finch, J., Lima, M. P., Klinkosz, W., Sekowski, A., Alcalay, L., Simonetti, F., Avdeyeva, T. V., Pramila, V. S., & Terracciano, A. Stereotypes of Age Differences in Personality Traits: Universal and Accurate? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 103(6) Dec., 1050-1066. DOI: 10.1037/a0029712.

Jingqiu Chen, Lei Wang (王垒, corresponding author), Minyan Huang, & Julie Spencer-Rodgers (2012) . Naïve Dialecticism and Chinese Employees’ Commitment to Change. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 27, 48-70. DOI: 10.1108/02683941211193857.

Jiajin Tong & Lei Wang (王垒, Corresponding Author). (2012). Work Locus of Control and its Relationship to Stress Perception, Related Affections, Attitudes and Behaviours from a Domain-specific Perspective. Stress & Health, 28, 202-210. DOI: 10.1002/smi.1423

Yunhui Huang, Lei Wang (Corresponding author), Junqi Shi (2012). How Attachment Affects the Strength of Peer Influence on Adolescent Consumer Behavior. Psychology & Marketing, 29(8), 558-567. DOI:10.1002/mar.20543.

Yunhui Huang, Junqi Shi, & Lei Wang (2012). Consumer susceptibility to interpersonal influence in Mainland China. Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 15(2), 140-144. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-839X.2011.01365.x

Jingqiu Chen & Lei Wang (王垒, Corresponding Author) (2011). Cross-industry dimensionality of The commitment to change scale in china. Psychological Reports, 108, 3, 963-976. DOI: 10.2466/01.08.14.PR0.108.3.963-976

Wang Lei, & Li Huisi (2011). Does self-affirmation always do the trick? Science, 6 April, 1095-9023 (online).

Wang, Lei (王垒, Corresponding Author), & Lin, Weipeng (2011). Wording effects and the dimensionality of the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12). Personality and Individual Differences, 50, 10565-1051. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2011.01.024.

Tong, Jia & Wang, Lei (王垒, Corresponding Author) (2010). Validation of the psychological work maturity scale in Chinese employees. Psychological Reports, 107 (3), 1-17.

Yunhui Huang & Lei Wang (王垒, Corresponding Author) (2010). Sex differences in framing effects across task domain. Personality and Individual Differences, 48, 649-653. Doi:10.1016/j.paid.2010.01.005.

Xiang Yao, Qian Yang, Nini Dong, & Lei Wang (王垒, Corresponding Author). The Moderating Effect of Zhong Yong on the Relationship Between Creativity and Innovation Behavior. Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 13, 53-57. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-839X.2010.01300.x

Julie Spencer-Rodgers, Kaiping Peng, & Lei Wang (王垒, Co-Corresponding Author) (2010). Dialecticism and the co-occurrence of positive and negative emotions across cultures. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 41, 109-115. DOI: 10.1177/0022022109349508

Lockenhoff CE, De Fruyt F, Terracciano A, ... Wang Lei et al. (2009). Perceptions of Aging Across 26 Cultures and Their Culture-Level Associates. Psychology and Aging, 24(4), 941-954 (DEC 2009).

Junqi Shi, Lei Wang, & Yang Chen (2009). Validation of the personal need for structure scale in Chinese. Psychological Reports,105, 235-244.

Junqi Shi, Lei Wang, & Kaiping Peng (2009). Symbolic meanings of social behavior and its implications for regret theory. Annals of Economics and Finance, 10-S, 77-95.

Jiangqun Liao & Lei Wang (2009). Face as a Mediator of the Relationship between Material Value and Brand Consciousness. Psychology & Marketing, 26, 987-1001. DOI: 10.1002/mar.20309

Julie Spencer-Rodgers, Helen C. Boucher, Kaiping Peng, & Lei Wang (2009). Cultural differences in self-verification: The role of naïve dialecticism. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 860-866. doi:10.1016/j.jesp.2009.03.004

Yunhui Huang, Lei Wang, & Junqi Shi (2009). When do objects become more attractive? The individual and interactive effects of choice and ownership on object evaluation. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 35, 713-722. DOI: 10.1177/0146167209333046

Junqi Shi, Han Lin, Lei Wang, & Mo Wang (2009). Linking the big five personality constructs to organizational justice. Social Behavior And Personality, 37, 209-222. DOI: 10.2224/sbp.2009.37.2.209

Helen Boucher, Kaiping Peng, Junqi Shi, & Lei Wang (2009). Culture and implicit self-esteem: Chinese are “good” and “bad” at the same time. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 40, 24-49. DOI: 10.1177/0022022108326195

Julie Spencer-Rodgers, Helen C. Boucher, Sumi C. Mori, Lei Wang, & Kaiping Peng (2009). The dialectical self-concept: Contradiction, change, and holism in East Asian cultures. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 35, 29-44. DOI: 10.1177/0146167208325772

Luigi Anolli, Lei Wang, Fabrizia Mantovani, & Alessandro De Toni (2008). The voice of emotion in Chinese and Italian young adults. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 39, 565-598.

Yunhui Huang, Junqi Shi, & Lei Wang (2008). Selling creates a loss while buying generates a gain: Capturing the implicit irrational bias by the IAT method. Chinese Science Bulletin, 53 (14), 2253-2256.

Xiang Yao & Lei Wang (2008). Socially oriented values and reciprocitynormpredict organizational commitment. Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 11, 247-252.

Mingji Wang, Hong Chen, & Lei Wang (2008). Locus of control and home mortgage loan behavior. International Journal of Psychology, 43(2), 125-129.

Julie Spencer-Rodgers, Melissa J. Williams, David L. Hamilton, Kaiping Peng, & Lei Wang (2007). Culture and Group Perception: Dispositional and Stereotypic Inferences about Novel and National Groups. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 93, 4, 525-543.

Lei Wang, Yang Chen, & Junqi Shi (2007). Attitudes toward computers: New attitudinal dimensions. Cyberpsychology and Behavior, 10(5), 700-705.

Junqi Shi & Lei Wang (2007). Validation of Emotional Intelligence Scale in Chinese University Students. Personality and Individual Differences, 43(2), 377-387.

Jingqiu Chen & Lei Wang (2007). Locus of control and the three components of commitment to change. Personality and Individual Differences, 42(3), February, 503-512.

Lin Li & Lei Wang (2007). Development and validation of the Salespeople Forced Choice Behavioral Style Test in information technology industry. Personality and Individual Differences, 42(1), 99-110.

Zheng Li, Lei Wang, Junqi Shi, & Wei Shi (2006). Support for Exclusionism as an Independent Dimension of Social Dominance Orientation in Mainland China. Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 9, 203-209.

Jiajin Tong & Lei Wang (2006). Validation of Locus of Control Scale in Chinese Organizations. Personality and Individual Difference, 41, 941-950.

Xiang Yao & Lei Wang (2006). The predictability of normative organizational commitment for turnover in Chinese companies: A cultural perspective. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 17(6), 1058-1075.

Terracciano, A., Wang, L., et al. (2005). National character does not reflect mean personality trait levels in 49 cultures. Science, 310, 96-100.

McCrae, R. R., Wang, L., et al. (2005). Personality profiles of cultures: Aggregate personality traits. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 89(3), 407-425.

McCrae, R. R., Terracciano, A., Wang, L. et al. (2005). Universal features of personality traits from the observer's perspective: Data from 50 cultures. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 88(3), 547-561 [Abstracted in Editors' Choice, Science, 2005, 308, 605].

Julie Spencer-Rodgers, Kaiping Peng, Lei Wang, & Yubo Hou (2004). Dialectical Self-Esteem and East-West Differences in Psychological Well-Being. Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin. 30(11), 1416-1432.

Yao, X., & Wang, L. (2003). Dialectic Thinking and the Perception of Performance Appraisal. In S. M. Lee, et al. (Eds.), The E-global age, new economy, and China: A Close up. The Proceedings of Pan-Pacific Conference XX, pp. 122-124. NE: Pan-Pacific Business Association.

Du, X., Yao, X., & Wang, L. (2003). The Functions of Managers’ Self-Complexity. In S. M. Lee (Ed.), The E-global age, new economy, and China: A Close up. The Proceedings of Pan-Pacific Conference XX, pp. 69-71. NE: Pan-Pacific Business Association.

Chan, L. & Wang, L. (2003). Linguistic Awareness in Learning to Read Chinese: A Comparative Study of Beijing and Hong Kong Children. In McBride-Chang & H.C.Chen (ed.), Reading Development in Chinese Children. Westport: Praeger Publishers. P. 91-106.

Camras L.A., Meng Z, Ujiie T, Dharamsi S, Miyake K, Oster H, Wang Lei, Cruz J, Murdoch A, Campos J. (2002). Observing emotion in infants: Facial Expression, body behavior, and rater judgments of responses to an expectancy-violating event. Emotion, 2 (2), 179-193.

Wang L, Liu RH (2000). Emotion and cognition: are they split. INT J PSYCHOL 35 (3-4): 239.

Wang L, Ji Y. Managers' traits and performances (2000). INT J PSYCHOL 35 (3-4): 93.

Xiao M, Wang H, Wang L (2000). The establishment of the Personality questionnaire for Mangers. INT J PSYCHOL 35 (3-4): 69.

Li L, Shi J, Wang L, Yao H, Yao QL (2000). Measurement of management creativity. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY, 35 (3-4): 449.

Wang H, Wang L, Xiao M (2000). A set of personnel selection tools for foreign companies in China. INT J PSYCHOL 35 (3-4): 398.

Wang Lei & Roslyn Markham. The development of a series of photographs of Chinese facial expressions of emotion. Journal of Cross Cultural Psychology. 1999, 30(4): 397-410.

Wang Lei (1999). The structure and measurement of self-efficacy. Acta Peking University (Science), 35(3): 414-420.

Linda A. Camras, Harriet Oster, Joseph J. Campos, Rosemary Campos, Tatsuo Ujiie, Kazuo Miyake, Wang Lei, Meng Zhaolan (1998). Production of emotional facial expressions in European American, Japanese, and Chinese Infants. Developmental Psychology, 34(4): 616-628.

Linda A. Camras, Harriet Oster, Joseph J. Campos, Rosemary Campos, Tatsuo Ujiie, Kazuo Miyake, Wang Lei, Meng Zhaolan (1998). Observer Judgments of emotion in American, Japanese, and Chinese infants. New Directions for Child Development, 77, 89-106.

Wang Lei & Timo Meynhardt (1998). The Structure of Managers’ Traits for High Performance Management in China. In Proceedings of International Conference of Engineering and Management, 927-932. December 21-24, 1998, Moscow. Harerbin Industry University Press.

Wang Lei & Kwok Leung (1998). Managers' EQ: Its structure and relation to management. In Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference of Management, Shanghai, July 25-28, 1998 (ICM '98), CHEP & Springer, CD-ROM.

Wang L, Ji F, Yao Z, et al. The features of group work for different tasks. INT J PSYCHOL 31 (3-4): 84120, 1996.

Roslyn Markham & Wang Lei (1996). Recognition of Emotion by Chinese and Australian Children. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 27(5), 616-643.

Zhaolan Meng, Lei Wang, Xiaodong Liu, & Jinghui Lin (1990). The organizational function of emotion on cognitive task performance in infancy. Sapporo, Japan: Research and Clinical Center for Child Development: Annual Report, 1988-1989, 12, 119-129.