Dr. Li Yi received her bachelor’s degree from Department of Psychology, Peking University in 2003. Then she got her master and Ph.D. degrees majoring in Developmental Psychology from Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Duke University. She worked as an assistant professor and then an associate professor at Department of Psychology, Sun Yat-sen University from 2009-2015. Since 2015, she joined the School of Psychological and Cognitive Sciences, Peking University.

Her research interest mainly focusses on the socio-cognitive development of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Most of her research efforts have been put on understanding the social and cognitive abnormalities in autism, and the visual attention as well as face processing in young infants and toddlers at risk for autism. She is also working on developing novel techniques based on objective measures for the early detection and intervention for autism.

List of Publications

Wang, Q., Hoi, S., Wang, Y., Lam, C., Fang, F., Yi, L.* (2020). Gaze response to others' gaze following in children with and without autism. Journal of Abnormal Psychology.

Wuyun, G., Wang, J., Zhang, L, Wang, K., Yi, L.*, & Wu, Y.* (2020). Actions speak louder than words: The role of action in self-referential advantage in children with autism. Autism Research.

Lu, H., Yi, L.*, Zhang, H.* (2019). Autistic traits influence the strategic diversity of information sampling: insights from two-stage decision models. PLOS Computational Biology.

Wang, Q., Zhu, G., Yi, L., Cui, X., Wang, H., Wei, R., & Hu, B. (2019). A review on the use of functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy for motor and cognitive function studies in preterm infants. Neuroscience Bulletin.

Wang, Q., Han, Z., Hu, X., Feng, S., Wang, H., Liu, T.*, & Yi, L.* (2020). Autism symptoms modulate interpersonal neural synchronization in children with autism spectrum disorder in cooperative interactions. Brain Topography. doi: 10.1007/s10548-019-00731-x

Zhao, J.*, Chen, S., Tong, X., Yi, L.* (2019). Advantage in character recognition among Chinese preschool children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 49(12), 4929-4940. doi:10.1007/s10803-019-04202-x

Chan, B. S., Deng, J., Li, Y., Li, T., Shen, Y., Wang, Y.*, & Yi, L.* (2019). The role of self-compassion in the relationship between Post-Traumatic Growth and psychological distress in caregivers of children with autism: Journal of Child and Family Studies.

Wang, Q., Hoi, S., Wang, Y.*, Song, C., Li, T., Lam, C., Fang, F., & Yi, L.* (in press). Out of mind, out of sight? Investigating abnormal face scanning in Autism Spectrum Disorder using gaze-contingent paradigm. Developmental Science.

Zhang, Y., Song, W., Tan, Z., Zhu, H., Wang, Y., Lam, C., Weng, Y., Hoi, S. P., Chan, B., Chen, J.*, & Yi, L.* (2019). Could social robots facilitate children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in learning distrust and deception? Computers in Human Behavior, 98, 140-149. doi: 10.1016/j.chb.2019.04.008

Li, T., Decety, J., Hu, X., Li, J., Lin, J., & Yi, L.* (in press). Third-party sociomoral evaluations in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Child Development.

Wang, Q., Lu, L., Zhang, Q., Fang, F., Zou, X., & Yi, L.* (2018). Eye avoidance in young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder is modulated by emotional facial expressions. Journal of Abnormal Psychology. 127, 722-732.

Tan, E., Wu, X., Nishida, T., Huang, D., Chen, Z. * & Yi, L.* (2018). Relational reasoning in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Evidence from an eye-tracking approach. Frontiers in Psychology. 9:847.doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00847

Wang, Q., Hu, Y., Shi, D., Zhang, Y., Zou, X., Li, S., Fang, F., Yi, L.* (2018). Children with autism spectrum disorder prefer looking at repetitive movements in a preferential looking paradigm. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

Liu, T.*, Liu, X.C., Yi, L., Zhu, C.Z., Markey, P., & Pelowski, M. (2018). Assessing Autism at its social and developmental roots: A review of Autism Spectrum Disorder studies using functional near-infrared spectroscopy. NeuroImage.

Li, T., Wang, X., Pan, J., Feng, S., Gong, M., Wu, Y., Li, G., Li, S.*, & Yi, L.* (2017) Reward learning modulates the attentional processing of faces in children with and without autism spectrum disorder. Autism Research

Yang, Y., Tian, Y., Fang, J., Lu, H., Wei, K*, & Yi, L.* (2017). Trust and deception in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A social learning perspective. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

Liu, W., Li, M.*, & Yi, L.* (2016). Identifying children with Autism Spectrum Disorder based on their face processing abnormality: A machine learning framework. Autism Research, 9(8), 888-898.

Li, P., Zhang, C., & Yi, L.* (2016). Sensitivity of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders to face appearance in selective trust. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 46(7), 2520 - 2525.

Yi, L.*, Quinn, P. C., Fan, Y., Huang, D., Feng, C., Li, J., & Lee, K*.(2016). Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder scan own-race faces differently than other-race faces. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 141, 177-186. doi: 10.1016/j.jecp.2015.09.011.

Yi, L.*, Quinn, P. C., Feng, C., Li, J., Ding, H., & Lee, K*. (2015). Do individuals with autism spectrum disorder process own-and other-race faces differently?. Vision research, 107, 124-132. doi:10.1016/j.visres.2014.11.021

Yi, L.*, Fan, Y., Li, J., Huang, D., Wang, X., Tan, W., Zou, X., & Lee, K.* (2014). Distrust and retaliatory deception in children with autism spectrum disorder. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 8. 1741- 1755. doi: 10.1016/j.rasd.2014.09.006

Yi, L.*, Feng, C., Quinn, P. C., Ding, H., Li, J., Liu, Y., & Lee, K.* (2014). Do individuals with and without autism spectrum disorder scan faces differently? A new multi-method look at an existing controversy. Autism Research, 7, 72-83. doi: 10.1002/aur.1340

Yi, L.*, Fan, Y., Joseph, L., Huang, D., Wang, X., Li, J. & Zou, X. (2014). Event-based perspective memory in children with autism spectrum disorder: The role of executive function. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 8, 654-660. doi:10.1016/j.rasd.2014.03.005

Yi, L.*, Pan, J., Fan, Y., Zou, X., Wang, X., & Lee, K.* (2013). Children with autism spectrum disorder are more trusting than typically developing children. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 116, 755- 761. doi: 10.1016/j.jecp.2013.05.005

Yi, L.*, Fan, Y., Quinn, P. C., Feng, C., Huang, D., Li, J., Mao, G., & Lee, K.* (2013). Abnormality in face scanning by children with autism spectrum disorder is limited to the eye region: Evidence from multi- method analyses of eye tracking data. Journal of Vision, 13, 1–13. doi:10.1167/13.10.5

Yi, L.*, Fan, Y., Zhao, J., Huang, D., Li, Y., & Zou, X. (2013). Atypical understanding of mental terms in Chinese-speaking children with autism spectrum disorder. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 7, 1411-1417. doi: 10.1016/j.rasd.2013.08.009

Yi, L.*, Liu, Y., Li, Y., Fan, Y., Huang, D., Gao, D.* (2012). Visual scanning patterns during the Dimensional Change Card Sorting Task in children with autism spectrum disorder, Autism Research and Treatment. doi:10.1155/2012/123053

Feng, C., Zhou, H., Liang, Y., Yi, L. (2012). Two faces of Narcissism and romantic attraction: Evidence from a Collectivistic culture, Psychological Reports, 111, 1-12.