Yang Zhou is currently a principle investigator at School of Psychology and Cognitive Sciences, IDG/Mcgoven Institute, Center for Life Sciences, at Peking University. He received his bachelor’s degree at the School of Life Sciences, Lanzhou University in 2008 and his doctorate degree in Institute of Neuroscience, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Later, he did his post-doctoral research at the State Key Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience and Learning at Beijing Normal University, and the Department of Neurobiology at The University of Chicago. He joined Peking University in August 2020.

Research Interest:

Yang’s laboratory is dedicated to exploring the neural circuits and computations of high cognitive functions such as conceptual representation and learning, flexible decision-making, and try to apply them to the development of artificial intelligence and the treatment of cognitive dysfunction in patients. In terms of methods, it will be based on multi-channel extracellular recordings across multi-brain areas of behaving monkeys, combined with pharmacological inactivation, optogenetic stimulation, two-photon calcium imaging, human psychophysics, and machine learning based artificial neural networks.

List of Publications

Yang Zhou Matthew Rosen, Sruthi K. Swaminathan, Nicolas Y. Masse, Oliver Zhu and David J. Freedman*, Distributed functions of prefrontal and parietal cortices during sequential categorical decisions, under revision,posted on BioRxiv

Yang Zhou Krithika Mohan and David J. Freedman*, Distributed Category Processing Across Lateral Intraparietal and Medial Superior Temporal Cortices, under revision, posted on BioRxiv

Yang Zhou*, Yining Liu, Mingsha Zhang* ‘Neuronal Correlates of Many-To-One Sensorimotor Mapping in Lateral Intraparietal Cortex’ Cereb Cortex. 2020 June 03 , first and co-corresponding author;

Yang Zhou* and David J. Freedman* ‘Posterior Parietal Cortex Plays a Causal Role in Perceptual and Categorical Decisions’ Science, 2019 Jul 12; 365(6449):180-185, first and co-corresponding author;

Yang Zhou Yining Liu, Si Wu, Mingsha Zhang* ‘Neuronal representation of the saccadic timing signals in macaque lateral intraparietal area (LIP)’ Cereb Cortex. 2018 Jul 27:1-14. doi: 10.1093;

Yang Zhou Lixin Liang, Yujun Pan, Ning Qian*, Mingsha Zhang* ‘Sites of overt and covert attention define simultaneous spatial reference centers for visuomotor response’. Sci Rep. 2017 Apr 21;7:46556. doi: 10.1038/srep46556;

Yang Zhou#, Gongchen Yu#,Xuefei Yu , Si Wu, Mingsha Zhang* ‘Asymmetric representations of upper and lower visual fields in egocentric and allocentric references’. J.Vision. 2017 Vol.17, 9. doi:10.1167/17.1.9;

Yang Zhou Yining Liu, Si Wu, Haidong Lu, Mingsha Zhang* ‘Neural representation of the computation of motor error by single neurons in the parietal cortex’. Elife, 2016; 5:e10912;

Yang Zhou#, Yining Liu#, Wangzikang Zhang, and Mingsha Zhang* (2012) ‘Asymmetric influence of egocentric representation onto allocentric perception’. J. Neurosci. 32: 8354-8360;