Jialin Li

Jialin Li

Doctoral Candidate
Research interests: • social neuroscience of empathy, emotion, learning & decision making • Placebo/nocebo effects • appetitive/aversive learning • computational psychiatry • expectation & learning impacts on treatment • translational research on individual prediction of psychiatric disorders


Academic education

since 2021   Doctoral Candidate, Max Planck School of Cognition, Leipzig, Germany
                       Doctoral research performed at Ruhr-Universität Bochum & University Clinic Essen
                       Supervisors: Onur Güntürkün & Ulrike Bingel
                       Lab rotations in the orientation phase: Peter Dayan, Christian Büchel and Ulrike Bingel

2016–2019  Master of Arts (Applied Psychology), University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, China

2012–2016  Bachelor of Science (Applied Psychology), Southwest Minzu University, China


2019  Excellent Master Thesis, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China

2016  Excellent Graduation Thesis, Southwest Minzu University

2015  Outstanding University Graduates, Southwest Minzu University

2015  Excellent Paper, Faculty of Psychology, South China Normal University

2014  Excellent Paper, Psychological Association Annual Meeting of Sichuan, China



Gan, X., Zhou, X., Li, J., Jiao, G., Jiang, X., Biswal, B., ... & Becker, B. (2022). Common and distinct neurofunctional representations of core and social disgust in the brain: Coordinate-based and network meta-analyses. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 104553. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neubiorev.2022.104553

Liu, X., Zhou, X., Zeng, Y., Li, J., Zhao, W., Xu, L., ... & Becker, B. (2022). Medial prefrontal and occipito-temporal activity at encoding determines enhanced recognition of threatening faces after 1.5 years. Brain Structure and Function, 227(5), 16551672. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00429-022-02462-5

Xu, L., Zheng, X., Yao, S., Li, J., Fu, M., Li, K., ... & Kendrick, K. M. (2022). The mirror neuron system compensates for amygdala dysfunction-associated social deficits in individuals with higher autistic traits. NeuroImage, 251, 119010. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2022.119010

Liu, C., Xu, L., Li, J., Zhou, F., Yang, X., Zheng, X., ... & Becker, B. (2021). Serotonin and early life stress interact to shape brain architecture and anxious avoidant behavior – A TPH2 imaging genetics approach. Psychological Medicine, 51(14), 2476–2484. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0033291720002809

Li, J., Yang, X., Zhou, F., Liu, C., Wei, Z., Xin, F., ... & Becker, B. (2020). Modafinil enhances cognitive, but not emotional conflict processing via enhanced inferior frontal gyrus activation and its communication with the dorsomedial prefrontal cortex. Neuropsychopharmacology, 45(6), 10261033. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41386-020-0625-z

Xu, X., Dai, J., Liu, C., Chen, Y., Xin, F., Zhou, F., Zhou, X., Huang, Y., Wang, J., Zou, Z., Li, J., Ebstein, R. P., Kendrick, K. M., Zhou, B., & Becker, B. (2020). Common and disorder-specific neurofunctional markers of dysregulated empathic reactivity in major depression and generalized anxiety disorder. Psychotherapy and psychosomatics, 89(2), 114–116. https://doi.org/10.1159/000504180

Zhou, F., Li, J., Zhao, W., Xu, L., Zheng, X., Fu, M., ... & Becker, B. (2020). Empathic pain evoked by sensory and emotional-communicative cues share common and process-specific neural representations. eLife, 9. https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.56929

Zhao, W., Luo, R., Sindermann, C., Li, J., Wei, Z., Zhang, Y., ... & Kendrick, K. M. (2020). Oxytocin modulation of self-referential processing is partly replicable and sensitive to oxytocin receptor genotype. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry, 96, 109734. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pnpbp.2019.109734

Li, J., Xu, L., Zheng, X., Fu, M., Zhou, F., Xu, X., Ma, X., Li, K., Kendrick, K. M., & Becker, B. (2019). Common and dissociable contributions of alexithymia and autism to domain-specific interoceptive dysregulations: A dimensional neuroimaging approach. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 88(3), 187–189. https://doi.org/10.1159/000495122

Xu, X.*, Li, J.*, Chen, Z., Kendrick, K. M., & Becker, B. (2019). Oxytocin reduces top-down control of attention by increasing bottom-up attention allocation to social but not non-social stimuli – A randomized controlled trial. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 108, 6269. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psyneuen.2019.06.004

Zhou, F., Geng, Y., Xin, F., Li, J., Feng, P., Liu, C., ... & Becker, B. (2019). Human extinction learning is accelerated by an angiotensin antagonist via ventromedial prefrontal cortex and its connections with basolateral amygdala. Biological Psychiatry, 86(12), 910–920. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biopsych.2019.07.007

Zheng, X., Luo, L., Li, J., Xu, L., Zhou, F., Gao, Z., ... & Kendrick, K. M. (2019). A dimensional approach to jealousy reveals enhanced fronto-striatal, insula and limbic responses to angry faces. Brain Structure and Function, 224(9), 32013212. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00429-019-01958-x

Montag, C., Zhao, Z., Sindermann, C., Xu, L., Fu, M., Li, J., ... & Becker, B. (2018). Internet communication disorder and the structure of the human brain: Initial insights on WeChat addiction. Scientific Reports, 8(1), 2155. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-19904-y

*shared first authorship


Poster presentations

Li J., Yang, X., Zhou, F., Liu, C., Wei, Z., Xin, F., & Becker, B. (2019, May). Modafinil enhances cognitive, but not emotional conflict processing via enhancing inferior frontal cortex activation and communication with the dorsomedial prefrontal cortex [Poster]. Progress in Social and Affective Neuroscience, Chengdu, China.

Li, J., Xu, L., Zheng, X., Fu, M., Li, K., Kendrick, K. M., & Becker, B. (2018, June). Contributions of alexithymia and autism to the pain empathic response: a dimensional approach [Poster]. Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM) Annual Meeting 2018, Singapore, Republic of Singapore.


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