Lizhu Luo (Lisa)


Associate Professor

Research Interests: Affective Neuroscience; Face Processing; Baby Schema; Depression, Anxiety, Autism;



2012.09-2017.12                                  ​​  Ph.D., Majored in Biomedical Engineering, School of Life Science and Technology, 

                                                                            University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC). 

                                                                                                            Supervisor: Keith Kendrick

2010.09-2012.06                                    M.Sc., Majored in Psychology, Faculty of Psychology, Southwest University (SWU).                                                                                                       Supervisors: Hong Li & Kang Lee (from University of Toronto)

2007.09-2009.06                                    B.A., Majored in English, Department of Foreign Language, Southwest University 

                                                                                                   (SWU). Test for English Majors Grade 8

2006.09-2010.06                                    B.Sc., Majored in Psychology, Department of Psychology, Southwest University                                                                                                                                     (SWU). Supervisor: Hong Li


2019.07-present                                     Associate Research Fellow, The Clinical Hospital of Chengdu Brain Science Institute; 

                                                               Neurotherapy & Social Cognition and Affective Neuroscience Lab (NeuSCAN), UESTC.

2018.01-2019.06                                    Assistant Research Fellow, The Clinical Hospital of Chengdu Brain Science Institute;                                                                                   NeuSCAN Lab, UESTC.

2012.03-2018.01                                    Research Assistant, NeuSCAN Lab, UESTC.


2019.07-2020.08                                    Postdoctoral Reseacher, Department of Psychiatry & Department of Medicine, 

                                                               University of Cambridge, UK. Supervisors: Barbara Sahakian & Emmanuel Stamatakis

2014.06-2014.07                                    Visiting student, Department of Psychiatry, University of Bonn, Germany. Supervisors:                                                                                                                          Rene Hurlemann & Benjamin Becker

2012.10-2012.11                                    Visiting student, Department of Psychiatry, University of Bonn, Germany. Supervisors:                                                                                                                         Rene Hurlemann & Benjamin Becker

2010.06-2010.08                                    Visiting student, Department of Psychology, St. John's University, USA. Supervisor:     

                                                                                                                      Linda Tennison


(1) Principal Investigator: A youth research project grant from National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), 

      31800961, “Neural markers of early treatment response in depression and gender effects”, 2019/01-2021/12, 270,000 RMB 

      (in progress).

(2) Principal Investigator: A general research project grant from Sichuan Science and Technology Program, 2018JY0361, “Exploration 

     of neural and phonetic markers for depression identification based on autobiographical memory task”, 2018/07-2021/06, 100,000

     RMB (in progress).

(3) Principal Investigator: A general research project grant from China Postdoctoral Science Foundation, 2018M633336, “Neural and 

     behavioral predictors of early treatment response in female depression”, 2018/01-2020/01, 50,000 RMB (in progress).

(4) Participant in a key research project grant from National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), 31530032, “Compensatory 

     brain mechanisms of social cognitive dysfunction in the amygdala: a study based on the potential role of the cortical mirror neuron 

     system”, 2016/01-2020/12, 3.184 million RMB. Director: Keith Kendrick (in progress).

(5) Participant in a key cultivation project grant from the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, ZYGX2015Z002, 

    “Real-time fMRI study on concurrent depression and anxiety disorders”, 2016/01-2018/12, 1 million RMB. Director: Benjamin Becker 


(6) Principal Investigator: A special youth grant award from the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities,

     SWU1109087, “Development of baby face preference, 2011/06-2014/06, 5000 RMB, Completed (SWU14216).

PUBLICATIONS (arranged in reverse chronological order)

1. Representative publications

 (1)Lizhu Luo#, Qiang Zhang#, Jiaojian Wang, Qiyuan Lin, Bingmei Zhao, Min Xu, Christelle Langley, Hong Li*, Shan Gao*. The baby 

     schema effect in adolescence and its difference from that in adulthood. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 2020, 198.

(2)Jikun Jin, Bin Gao*, Sihao Yang. Bingmei Zhao, Lizhu Luo*, Wai Lok Woo, Attention-block deep learning based features fusion in 

    wearable social sensor for mental wellbeing evaluations. IEEE Access, 2020, 8: 89258 - 89268.

(3)Shan Gao#,*Lizhu Luo#, Ting Gou. Criticism in a foreign language hurts less. Cognition and Emotion, 2020, 34(4): 822-830

(4)Lizhu Luo#; Kunhua Wu#; Yi Lu#; Shan Gao; Xiangchao Kong; Fengmei Lu; Fengchun Wu; Huawang Wu*; Jiaojian Wang*

    Increased functional connectivity between medulla and inferior parietal cortex in medication-free major depressive disorder, Frontiers 

    in Neuroscience, 2018, 12: 926.

(5)Lizhu Luo#; Benjamin Becker#; Xiaoxiao Zheng; Zhiying Zhao; Xiaolei Xu; Feng Zhou; Jiaojian Wang; Juan Kou; Jing Dai; Keith 

    M. Kendrick*, A dimensional approach to determine common and specific neurofunctional markers for depression and social anxiety 

    during emotional face processing, Human Brain Mapping, 2018, 39: 758~771

(6)Hui Sun#; Lizhu Luo#; Xinru Yuan; Lu Zhang; Yini He; Shuqiao Yao; Jiaojian Wang*; Jing Xiao*; Regional homogeneity and 

    functional connectivity patterns in major depressive disorder, cognitive vulnerability to depression and healthy subjects, Journal of 

   Affective Disorders, 2018, 235: 229~235

(7)Lizhu Luo#; Benjamin Becker#; Yayuan Geng; Zhiying Zhao; Shan Gao; Weihua Zhao; Shuxia Yao; Xiaoxiao Zheng; Xiaole Ma; 

   Zhao Gao; Jiehui Hu; Keith M.Kendrick*, Sex-dependent neural effect of oxytocin during subliminal processing of negative emotion 

   faces, NeuroImage, 2017, 162: 127~137

(8)Shan Gao#; Benjamin Becker#; Lizhu Luo; Yayuan Geng; Weihua Zhao; Yu Yin; Jiehui Hu; Zhao Gao; Qiyong Gong; Rene 

   Hurlemann; Dezhong Yao; Keith M. Kendrick*, Oxytocin, the peptide that bonds the sexes also divides them, Proceedings of the 

   National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2016, 113(27): 7650~7654 

(9)Lizhu Luo#; Keith M. Kendrick#; Hong Li*; Kang Lee*, Adults with siblings like children's faces more than those without, Journal 

   of Experimental Child Psychology, 2015, 129: 148~156

(10)Lizhu Luo; Xiaole Ma; Xiaoxiao Zheng; Weihua Zhao; Lei Xu; Benjamin Becker; Keith M. Kendrick*, Neural systems and 

   hormones mediating attraction to infant and child faces, Frontiers in Psychology, 2015, 6: 970 

(11)Lizhu Luo; Hong Li*; Kang Lee*; Are children's faces really more appealing than those of adults? Testing the baby schema 

   hypothesis beyond infancy, Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 2011, 110(1): 115~124


2. Other publications

(12)Xiaolei Xu, Jing Dai, Yuanshu Chen, Congcong Liu, Fei Xin, Xinqi Zhou, Feng Zhou, Emmanuel A Stamatakis, Shuxia Yao, Lizhu 

   Luo, Yulan Huang, Jinyu Wang, Zhili Zou, Deniz Vatansever, Keith M Kendrick, Bo Zhou, Benjamin Becker. Intrinsic connectivity of 

   the prefrontal cortex and striato-limbic system respectively differentiate major depressive from generalized anxiety disorder.

   Neuropsychopharmacology, 2020, in press.

(13)Fengmei Lu, Mengyun Wang, Shiyang Xu, Heng Chen, Zhen Yuan, Lizhu Luo, Xiuli Wang, Jiang Zhang, Jing Dai, Xiaoping Wang, 

   Huafu Chen, Jiansong Zhou. Decreased interhemispheric resting-state functional connectivity in male adolescents with conduct disorder.

   Brain Imaging and Behavior, 2020, in press.

(14)Xiaoxiao Zheng, Lizhu Luo, Jialin Li, Lei Xu, Feng Zhou, Zhao Gao, Benjamin Becker*, Keith Kendrick*, A dimensional approach 

   to jealousy reveals enhanced fronto-striatal, insula and limbic responses to angry faces, Brain Structure and Function, 2019, 224(9): 


(15)Shan Gao, Lizhu Luo, Wanyu Zhang, Yuxin Lan, Ting Gou, Xun Li. Personality Counts More Than Appearance for Men Making 

   Affective Judgments of Verbal Comments, Frontiers in Psychology, 2019, 10.

(16)Weihua Zhao; Yayuan Geng; Lizhu Luo; Zhiying Zhao; Xiaole Ma; Lei Xu; Shuxia Yao; Keith M. Kendrick*, Oxytocin increases 

   the perceived value of both self-and other-owned items and alters medial prefrontal cortex activity in an endowment task, Frontiers in 

   Human Neuroscience, 2017, 11

(17)Zhao Gao; Shan Gao; Lei Xu; Xiaoxiao Zheng; Xiaole Ma; Lizhu Luo; Keith M. Kendrick*, Women prefer men who use 

   metaphorical language when paying compliments in a romantic context, Scientific Reports, 2017, 7

(18)Peng Ren; Shanjiang Tang; Fang Fang; Lizhu Luo; Lei Xu; Maria L. Bringas-Vega; Dezhong Yao; Keith M. Kendrick; Pedro A. 

   Valdes-Sosa*, Gait rhythm fluctuation analysis for neurodegenerative diseases by empirical mode decomposition, IEEE Transactions 

   on Biomedical Engineering, 2016, 64(1): 52~60

(19)Weihua Zhao; Shuxia Yao; Qin Li; Yayuan Geng; Xiaole Ma; Lizhu Luo; Lei Xu; Keith M. Kendrick*, Oxytocin blurs the self-other 

   distinction during trait judgments and reduces medial prefrontal cortex responses, Human Brain Mapping, 2016, 37(7): 2512~2527

(20)Jiehui Hu#; Song Qi#; Benjamin Becker#Lizhu Luo; Shan Gao; Qiyong Gong; Rene Hurlemann; Keith M. Kendrick*,Oxytocin 

   selectively facilitates learning with social feedback and increases activity and functional connectivity in emotional memory and reward 

   processing regions, Human Brain Mapping, 2015, 36(6): 2132~2146

(21)Bronwen M. James; Qin Li; Lizhu Luo; Keith M. Kendrick*, Aged neuronal nitric oxide knockout mice show preserved olfactory 

   learning in both social recognition and odor-conditioning tasks, Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience, 2015, 9

(22)Lei Xu; Xiaole Ma; Weihua Zhao; Lizhu Luo; Shuxia Yao; Keith M. Kendrick*, Oxytocin enhances attentional bias for neutral and 

   positive expression faces in individuals with higher autistic traits, Psychoneuroendocrinology, 2015, 62: 352~358

(23)Xiaole Ma#Lizhu Luo#; Yayuan Geng; Weihua Zhao; Qiong Zhang; Keith M. Kendrick*, Oxytocin increases liking for a country's 

   people and national flag but not for other cultural symbols or consumer products, Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 2014, 8: 266 

(24)Viola Macchi Cassia; Lizhu Luo; Antonella Pisacane; Hong Li; Kang Lee*, How race and age experiences shape young children's 

   face processing abilities, Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 2014, 120: 87~101

(25)Shuxia Yao; Weihua Zhao; Rui Cheng; Yayuan Geng; Lizhu Luo; Keith M. Kendrick*, Oxytocin makes females, but not males, less 

   forgiving following betrayal of trust, International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, 2014, 17(11): 1785~1792

(26)Weihua Zhao; Lizhu Luo; Qin Li; Keith M. Kendrick*, What can psychiatric disorders tell us about neural processing of the 

   self, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 2013, 7: 485

(27)马文娟; 索涛; 李亚丹; 罗笠铢 (Lizhu Luo); 冯廷勇; 李红*, 得失框架效应的分离——来自收益与损失型跨期选择的研究

  (Dissecting the Win-Loss Framing Effect of Intertemporal Choice: Researches from Intertemporal Choice of Money-Gain & Loss).

   理学报(Acta Psychologica Sinica), 2012, 44(8): 1038-1046

(28)罗笠铢 (Lizhu Luo); 罗禹; 鞠恩霞; 马文娟; 李红*, 婴儿图式及其加工的性别差异(Baby schema and sex differences in its process)

   ,心理科学进展(Advances in Psychological Science), 2011, 19(10): 1471~1479


Luo, L. Z., Jiaojian Wang (2019). Investigating disrupted resting-state functional connectivity of brainstem subregions in depression. Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Rome, Italy. (Submission number, 2791; Poster number, Th163)

Luo, L. Z., Becker, B., & Kendrick, K. M. (2018). Common and specific neural responses to emotional faces in depression and social anxiety. Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Singapore. (Submission number, 2109; Poster number: 1516)

Luo, L. Z., Becker, B., Lee, K., Li, H., & Kendrick, K. M. (2015). The neural signature for “baby schema” and its change with face age. Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. (Submission number: 5759, Poster number: 4327) 

Luo, L. Z., Kendrick, K. M., Li, H., & Lee, K. (2014). Having a sibling makes young children’s faces more likeable for adults. The 23rd Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development (ISSBD), East China Normal University, Shanghai, China.

Luo, L. Z., Becker, B., Geng, Y. Y., Hurlemann, R., Kendrick, K. M. (2014). Effects of oxytocin on the processing of sub-liminally presented social-emotional cues. Organization for Human Brain Mapping, the CCH-Congress Center, Hamburg, Germany. (Submission number: 2319, Poster number: 4282, Catogory: Social Neuroscience) 

Luo, L. Z., Becker, B., Geng, Y. Y., Kendrick, K. M. (2013). Effects of oxytocin on the processing of sub-liminally presented 

       social-emotional cues – a backward masking fMRI study. The 4th Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Neuroscience 

       (S4SN), Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China.