Weihua Zhao (Zara)​


School of Life Science and Technology, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China


No.2006, Xiyuan Ave, West Hi-Tech Zone, 611731 


Fax :+ 86 028-61830811

E-mail : zarazhao@uestc.edu.cn


2019.06-Present, Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, China

2018.06-2019.06, Postdoc, Biomedical Engineering, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, China


2013.09-2018.06, PhD, Biomedical Engineering, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, China

2017.03-2018.03, Joint Phd student in University of Bonn, Germany

2010.09-2013.06, M.A., Developmental and Educational Psychology, Southwest University, China

2006.09-2010.06, B.S., Psychology, Southwest University, China


(1) Weihua Zhao*, Ruixue Luo*, Cornelia Sindermann, Jialin Li, Zhenyu Wei, Yingying Zhang, Congcong Liu, Jiao Le, Daniel S. Quintana, Christian Montag, Benjamin Becker#, Keith M Kendrick#. (2019) Oxytocin modulation of self-referential processing is partly replicable and sensitive to oxytocin receptor genotype. Progress in Neuropsychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry (in press).

(2) Weihua Zhao*, Kaeli Zimmermann*, Xinqi Zhou, Feng Zhou, Meina Fu, Christian Dernbach, Dirk Scheele, Bernd Weber, Monika Eckstein, René Hurlemann, Keith M Kendrick,Benjamin Becker#. (2019) Impaired cognitive performance under psycho-social stress in cannabis dependence is mediated by attenuated precuneus activity. Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience (in press).

(3) Weihua Zhao#, Benjamin Becker#, Shuxia Yao, Xiaole Ma, Juan Kou, Keith M Kendrick*. (2019) Oxytocin enhancement of the placebo effect may be a novel therapy for working memory impairments. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 88(2):125. doi: 10.1159/000495260

(4) Qin Li, Benjamin Becker, Jennifer Wernicke, Yuanshu Chen, Yingying Zhang, Rui Li, Jiao Le, Juan Kou, Weihua Zhao*, Keith M Kendrick *.(2018) Foot massage evokes oxytocin release and activation of orbitofrontal cortex and superior temporal sulcus. Psychoneuroendocrinology,101,193-203.

(5) Weihua Zhao, Xiaole Ma, Jiao Le, Aiqing Ling, Fei Xin, Juan Kou, Zhang Yingying, Luo Ruixue, Benjamin Becker*, Keith M Kendrick*. (2018). Oxytocin biases men to be more or less tolerant of others’ dislike dependent upon their relationship status. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 88:167-172. doi: org/10.1016/j.psyneuen.2017.12.010

(6) Weihua Zhao, Yayuan Geng, Lizhu Luo, Zhiying Zhao, Xiaole Ma, Lei Xu, Shuxia Yao, Keith M Kendrick*. (2017). 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, 11: 272. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2017.00272

(7) Weihua Zhao, Shuxia Yao, Qin Li, Yayuan Geng, Xiaole Ma, Lizhu Luo, Lei Xu, Keith M Kendrick*. (2016). Oxytocin blurs the self-other distinction during trait judgments and reduces medial prefrontal cortex responses. Hum. Brain Mapp., 37: 2512–2527. doi: 10.1002/hbm.23190

(8) Weihua Zhao #, Keith M Kendrick #, Fei Chen, Hong Li, & Tingyong Feng. * (2016). Neural circuitry involved in quitting after repeated failures: role of the cingulate and temporal parietal junction. Scientific Reports, 6, 24713. doi:org/10.1038/srep24713

(9) Weihua Zhao, Tingyong Feng *, Rebecca Kazinka (2014). The extensibility of the endowment effect to others is mediated by degree of intimacy. Asian Journal of Social Psychology.17,296-301

(10) Weihua Zhao, Lizhu Luo, Qin Li, & Keith M Kendrick. * (2013). What can psychiatric disorders tell us about neural processing of the self? Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7,485.

(11) Tingyong Feng # *, Weihua Zhao#, Gabriel F. Donnayc. (2013). The endowment effect can extend from self to mother: Evidence from an fMRI study. Behavioural Brain Research, 248,74-79

(12) 赵伟华,索涛,冯廷勇,李红(2010). 禀赋效应的研究现状与展望,心理科学,33(5):1180-118

(13) Feng Zhou, Yayuan Geng, Fei Xin, Jialin Li, Pan Feng, Congcong Liu, Weihua Zhao, Tingyong Feng, Adam Guastella, Keith Kendrick, Benjamin Becker (2019). Human extinction learning is accelerated by an angiotensin antagonist via ventromedial prefrontal

cortex and its connections with basolateral amygdala. Biological psychiatry (in press).

(14) Juan Kou*, Jiao Le*, Meina Fu, Chunmei Lan , Zhuo Chen, Qin Li, Weihua Zhao, Lei Xu,  Benjamin Becker, Keith M. Kendrick. (2019) Comparison of three different eye‐tracking tasks for distinguishing autistic from typically developing children and autistic symptom severity. Autism Research (in press).DOI: org/10.1002/aur.2174

(15) Xinqi Zhou, Kaeli Zimmermann, Fei Xin, Weihua Zhao, Roelinka T. Derckx, Anja Sassmannshausen, Dirk Scheele, Rene Hurlemann, Bernd Weber, Keith M. Kendrick, Benjamin Becker (2019). Cue-reactivity in the ventral striatum characterizes heavy cannabis use, whereas reactivity in the dorsal striatum mediates dependent use. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging (in press).

(16) Keshuang Li, Yihan Jiang, Yilong Gong, Weihua Zhao, Zhiying Zhao, Xiaolong Liu, Keith Kendrick, Chaozhe Zhu,Benjamin Becker (2019).Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) informed neurofeedback: regional-specific modulation of lateral orbitofrontal activation and cognitive flexibility.Neurophotonics (in press).

(17) Zhao Z, Yao S, Li K, Sindermann C, Zhou F, Zhao W, Li J, Luehrs M, Goebel R, Kendrick K, Becker B (2018) Real-time functional connectivity-based neurofeedback of amygdala-frontal pathways reduces anxiety. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, doi: 10.1159/000496057. 

(18) Fei Xin, Feng Zhou, Xinqi Zhou, Xiaole Ma, Yayuan Geng, Weihua Zhao, Shuxia Yao, Debo Dong, Bharat B. Biswal, Keith M. Kendrick, Benjamin Becker. (2018) Oxytocin modulates the intrinsic dynamics between attention-related large-scale networks. Cerebral Cortex. 

(19) Zhao, Z., Ma, X., Geng, Y., Zhao, W., Zhou, F., Wang, J., ... & Becker, B. (2019). Oxytocin differentially modulates specific dorsal and ventral striatal functional connections with frontal and cerebellar regions. NeuroImage, 184, 781-789.

(20) Geng Y., Zhao, W., Zhou, F., Ma, X., Yao, S., & Kendrick, K. M. (2018). Oxytocin facilitates empathic-and self-embarrassment ratings by attenuating amygdala and anterior insula responses. Frontiers in Endocrinology, 9, 572.

(21) Ma, X., Zhao, W., Luo, R., Zhou, F., Geng, Y., Xu, L., … & Kendrick, K. M. (2018). Sex- and context-dependent effects of oxytocin on social sharing. Neuroimage,183: 62-72. doi: org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2018.08.004

(22) Yao, S., Zhao, W., Geng, Y., Chen, Y., Zhao, Z., Ma, X., ... & Kendrick, K. M. (2018). Oxytocin facilitates approach behavior to positive social stimuli via decreasing anterior insula activity. International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, pyy068, doi: org/10.1093/ijnp/pyy068

(23) Geng, Y., Zhao, W., Zhou, F., Ma, X., Yao, S., Hurlemann, R., …& Kendrick, K. M. (2018). Oxytocin enhancement of emotional empathy: generalization across cultures and effects on amygdala activity. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 12.

(24) Yao, S., Becker, B., Zhao, W., Zhao, Z., Kou, J., Ma, X., ... & Kendrick, K. M. (2017). Oxytocin Modulates Attention Switching Between Interoceptive Signals and External Social Cues. Neuropsychopharmacology. doi:10.1038/npp.2017.189

(25) Luo, L., Becker, B., Geng, Y., Zhao, Z., Gao, S., Zhao, W., ... & Hu, J. (2017). Sex-dependent neural effect of oxytocin during subliminal processing of negative emotion faces. NeuroImage, 162, 127-137. doi: org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2017.08.079

(26) Luo, R*., Xu, L*., Zhao, W., Ma, X., Xu, X., Kou, J., ... & Kendrick, K. M. (2017). Oxytocin facilitation of acceptance of social advice is dependent upon the perceived trustworthiness of individual advisors. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 83, 1-8. doi: org/10.1016/j.psyneuen.2017.05.020

(27) Xu, X., Yao, S., Xu, L., Geng, Y., Zhao, W., Ma, X., ... & Kendrick, K. M. (2017). Oxytocin biases men but not women to restore social connections with individuals who socially exclude them. Scientific reports, 7: 40589.

(28) Gao, S.*, Becker, B.*, Luo, L., Geng, Y., Zhao, W., Yin, Y., Hu, J., Gao, Z., Gong, Q., Hurlemann, R., Yao &Kendrick K. M. (2016). Oxytocin, the peptide that bonds the sexes also divides them. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 201602620. doi: org/10.1073/pnas.1602620113 

(29) Shuxia Yao, Benjamin Becker, Yayuan Geng, Zhiying Zhao, Xiaolei Xu, Weihua Zhao, Peng Ren, Keith M. Kendrick. (2016). Voluntary control of anterior insula and its functional connections is feedback-independent and increases pain empathy, NeuroImage,130, 230-240. doi:org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2016.02.035.

(30) Lei Xu, Xiaole Ma, Weihua Zhao, Lizhu Luo, Shuxia Yao, Keith M. Kendrick (2015). Oxytocin enhances attentional bias for neutral and positive expression faces in individuals with higher autistic traits, Psychoneuroendocrinology, 62,352-358. doi: org/10.1016/j.psyneuen.2015.09.002

(31) Luo, L., Ma, X., Zheng, X., Zhao, W., Xu, L., Becker, B., & Kendrick, K. M. (2015). Neural systems and hormones mediating attraction to infant and child faces. Frontiers in psychology, 6. doi: org/10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00970

(32) Ma, X., Luo, L., Geng, Y., Zhao, W., Zhang, Q., & Kendrick, K. M. (2014). Oxytocin increases liking for a country's people and national flag but not for other cultural symbols or consumer products. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 8. doi: org/10.3389/fnbeh.2014.00266

(33) Yao, S., Zhao, W., Cheng, R., Geng, Y., Luo, L., & Kendrick, K. M. (2014). Oxytocin makes females, but not males, less forgiving following betrayal of trust. International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, 17(11), 1785-1792. doi: org/10.1017/S146114571400090X

(34) 刘雷,赵伟华,冯廷勇 (2012). 跨期选择的认知机制与神经基础.心理科学,35(1):56-61.

(35) 冯廷勇,袁文萍,赵伟华 (2011). 免费教育师范生学习适应状况及与报考动机的关系. 心理学探新, 31(6):559-563.