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Principal Investigator

Shih-Wei Wu

Associate Professor, 2015-present, Institute of Neuroscience, National Yang-Ming University

Assistant Professor, 2010-2015, Institute of Neuroscience, National Yang-Ming University

Postdoctoral fellow, 2008-2010, Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, California Institute of Technology

Ph.D., 2008, Experimental psychology, New York University

Complete CV


I obtained my PhD in Experimental Psychology (2003-2008) from New York University. As a graduate student, I worked with Larry Maloney on movement planning and decision making. While at NYU, I was also very fortunate to meet and collaborate with Julia Trommershäuser, Mike Landy, Mauricio Delgado and Mark Dean. Together, our work has made contributions to (1) understanding how humans plan rapid arm movements in uncertain and risky environm ents, (2) bridging the gap between motor decisions and economic decision making by comparing and revealing differences in how people use information about probability, and (3) identifying the neural mechanisms for decisions under different task modalities.

At Caltech, my postdoctoral work (2008-2010) with Antonio Rangel, Shin Shimojo, and John O'Doherty focused on (1) the dynamics of neural computations for information updating and (2) mechanisms for reference-dependent valuation in decision under risk.

After postdoctoral training, I came back to my home country – Taiwan. I was an Assistant Professor at National Yang-Ming University (NYMU, 2010 -2015). Currently, I am an Associate Professor of Neuroscience at NYMU.

In 2011, several of us here in Taiwan ( Chen-Ying Huang , Joseph Tao-yi Wang , Chun-I Yeh , Wen-Jui Kuo ) formed a research group that aims to promote research on neuroeconomics. Information about the talks and symposium we organized can be seen here .


PhD Students

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Shu-Ching Lee

I am a third-year PhD student in the Taiwan International Graduate Program (TIGP) at Academia Sinica. Broadly speaking, I am interested in how people adapt to the ever-changing environment, and the neural mechanisms involved in helping us make decisions. Outside the lab, I love to read detective fiction for pleasure and an opportunity to release intense pressures of academic life. To avoid being an escapist, I am also an avid enthusiast for exercise and sports with an equal love for foods.

(read my work)


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Wan-Yu Shih

I am a first-year PhD student at Institute of Neuroscience, National Yang-Ming University. I graduated from National Central University with a Masters degree in cognitive neuroscience. My Masters thesis was about prospective memory. I am interested in neuroeconomics partly due to my interest in the cognitive processes involved in decision making, and partly due to the elegance of the computational models used to address this topic. Outside of lab, I am a fan of musicals and living theatre.


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MuChen Wang

I am a first-year PhD student at Institute of Neuroscience, National Yang-Ming University. I received my Masters degree from the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, National Central University. My research interests are how people make decisions when reward size and the quality of information are changing as time goes by, and how these distinct sources of information affect the timing of our decisions. As a psychology student, I also like to exert my imagination on my dog’s thoughts.

(read my work)


Masters Students

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Chia-Jen Lee

I am a second-year Master student in the lab. I graduated from the Department of Life Sciences, National Yang-Ming University. I have been interested in Psychology and curious about what made people different, and turned to focus on how did social structure and growth environment affect people and their behavior. Now, I tend to know how could we avoid the cognitive bias and make decisions ideally. Besides scientific news, I am also concerned about social issues. And soccer is an inseparable part of my life.


Siao-Jhen Wu

I am a first-year Master student in Dr. Wu’s lab. I graduated from Chung-Yuan Christian University and major in Psychology. I have been interested in Cognitive psychology and curious about how the brain works when people received the information. And I also curious about the neural mechanisms underlying decision making. Outside the lab, I enjoy playing table tennis and listening to music.


Yi-Ju Liu

I am the first-year Master student in the lab. I graduated from Department of Applied Chemistry, National Pingtung University. I have learned how molecular affects environment as well as human. On the other hand I feel curious about how the brains make people different so as to affect their behavior, especially under the pressure. To dig deeper into these issues, I am working with Dr. Wu to do research associated with how people make decisions and what the neural mechanisms get involved in. Outside the lab, I am a member of varsity basketball team.


Chen-Yi Hsu

I am a first-year Master student in the lab. With a business major in college, I am curious about people’s preference - how people judge different alternatives and make a choice. Currently, I am working on the study of people’s preference under different response mode. Outside the lab, I enjoy reading and watching animation.





Research assistant




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Chih-Chung Ting (MSc)

I am Chih-Chung and I am interested in the issues regarding moral decision, social interaction, and inference making. To know how people perform various types of decisions, and how the brain processes information, I use computational models and fMRI to study the relation between brain and behavior. Right now I am working with Dr. Philip Tseng (Taipei Medical University) to investigate the neural mechanisms (and detection) of lying and moral judgment.I received my Masters degree from the Institute of Neuroscience at National Yang Ming University under the supervision of Dr. Shih-Wei Wu. With Dr. Wu I have published one paper in the Journal of Neuroscience on the topic of value-based decision making.


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Poa-Kai Feng

In general, I am interested in how humans gather and integrate information when making decisions. For my Masters thesis, I study speed-accuracy tradeoff (SAT) in a visuo-motor task. We investigate how people take into account both the benefit and cost of time when making decisions.

Beside the science, I am also the trumpet performer and associated football player. The science, music and sport form the triangle of my life.

(read my work)


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Zheng-Jie Luo

A Finance major in college, I recognized and was fascinated by a lot of irrational behaviors in trading. This is why I became interested in neuroscience: I want to understand more about what makes people irrational by investigating the brain. Currently, my research focuses on how quality and quantity of information affect decision making in the brain. In my spare time I am a photographer. I also enjoy watching movies and playing badminton.

(read my work)


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Yun-Yen Yang

I am a research assistant in Dr. Wu’s lab. My research interests are how people integrate different sources of information, how the integration and choice change under different environments, and how the brain represents them. Currently, my study focuses on how uncertainty affects the integration of prior knowledge and likelihood information and how the brain represents these distinct sources of information. Outside the lab, I enjoy reading novels and watching movies.

(read my work)


Master Students

Wei-Shung Lin

Ya-Hsuan Liu

Tze-Yun Wang


Research Assistants

Jen-Hau Yang

Chang-Hao Kao

Ming-Jen Yeh

Bianca Hsiao




          Laurence T. Maloney (NYU)

          Mauricio Delgado (Rutgers)

          Alireza Soltani (Dartmouth)

          Chun-I Yeh (NTU)

          Denise Hsien Wu (NCU)

          Erik Chang (NCU)



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