Xun He

Dr Xun He

  • Senior Lecturer (Academic) in Psychology
  • Poole House P331, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Biography

My career path is a bit unusual. I studied biology in university, but was totally captured by an introductory psychology unit. When I got the chance to change my area from biology to psychology, I happily accepted it. Although later my PhD was awarded in biophysics, it actually involved perception and attention, which are purely psychology. With such a background, it is not inconceivable that I am interested not just in human behaviour, but also in the underlying neural mechanisms. While having experiences with functional brain mapping (fMRI) and intervention of brain functions (e.g., TMS), I have extensive expertise in human brain electrophysiology, specifically the event-related potential (ERP) and steady-state visual evoked potential (SSVEP) techniques. Recent years have also seen my research gradually orienting towards experimental social psychology and social neuroscience. The combination of typically cognitive neuroscience and experimental psychology techniques and interesting social psychology questions is bound to make great contributions to our understanding of human mind and action – this is just what I am working on.

Research

I study the behavioural components and neural underpinnings of visual attention, perception, and memory, how they interact with each other, and how they are shaped by social factors. One particularly important question I ask is how human behaviour can be implicitly influenced by other people present performing similar tasks, even when they do not directly interact. This interpersonal influence has been found in cognitive and forensic tasks. Apart from the standard quantitative behavioural tests, I also extensively use the electroencephalography (EEG) technique, including event-related potential (ERP) and steady-state visual-evoked potential (SSVEP). Other neuroscientific techniques I used include functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), transcranial electric and magnetic stimulation (tES and TMS).

* Head of the Attention, Memory, and Decision-Making (AMD) Research Group, Department of Psychology (2015-)

* Head of the Bournemouth EEG Lab, Department of Psychology (2016-)

If you are interested in doing a self-funded PhD with me, please contact me directly.

Favourites

  • Michailidis, L., Balaguer-Ballester, E. and He, X., 2018. Flow and immersion in video games: The aftermath of a conceptual challenge. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 1682.
  • Forder, L., Bosten, J., He, X. and Franklin, A., 2017. A neural signature of the unique hues. Scientific Reports, 7, 42364.
  • Liu, M., He, X., Rotsthein, P. and Sui, J., 2016. Dynamically orienting your own face facilitates the automatic attraction of attention. Cognitive Neuroscience, 7 (1-4), 37-44.
  • He, X., Sebanz, N., Sui, J. and Humphreys, G.W., 2014. Individualism-collectivism and interpersonal memory guidance of attention. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 54, 102-114.
  • Sui, J., He, X. and Humphreys, G.W., 2012. Perceptual effects of social salience: Evidence from self-prioritization effects on perceptual matching. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 38, 1105-1117.
  • He, X., Lever, A.G. and Humphreys, G.W., 2011. Interpersonal memory-based guidance of attention is reduced for ingroup members. Experimental Brain Research, 211, 429-438.
  • He, X., Humphreys, G.W., Fan, S., Chen, L. and Han, S., 2008. Differentiating spatial and object-based effects on attention: An event-related brain potential study with peripheral cueing. Brain Research, 1245, 116-125.
  • He, X., Fan, S., Zhou, K. and Chen, L., 2004. Cue validity and object-based attention. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 16, 1085-1097.

Journal Articles

  • Li, A.-S., Miao, C.-G., Han, Y., He, X. and Zhang, Y., 2018. Electrophysiological correlates of the effect of task difficulty on inhibition of return. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 2403.
  • Michailidis, L., Balaguer-Ballester, E. and He, X., 2018. Flow and immersion in video games: The aftermath of a conceptual challenge. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 1682.
  • Zhang, G.-L., Li, A.-S., Miao, C.-G., He, X., Zhang, M. and Zhang, Y., 2018. A consumer-grade LCD monitor for precise visual stimulation. Behavior Research Methods, 50, 1496-1502.
  • Forder, L., He, X. and Franklin, A., 2017. Colour categories are reflected in sensory stages of colour perception when stimulus issues are resolved. PLoS ONE, 12 (5), e0178097.
  • Forder, L., Bosten, J., He, X. and Franklin, A., 2017. A neural signature of the unique hues. Scientific Reports, 7, 42364.
  • Triviño, M., Correa, Á., Lupiáñez, J., Funes, M.J., Catena, A., He, X. and Humphreys, G.W., 2016. Brain networks of temporal preparation: A multiple regression analysis of neuropsychological data. Neuroimage, 142, 489-497.
  • Liu, M., He, X., Rotsthein, P. and Sui, J., 2016. Dynamically orienting your own face facilitates the automatic attraction of attention. Cognitive Neuroscience, 7 (1-4), 37-44.
  • He, X., Sebanz, N., Sui, J. and Humphreys, G.W., 2014. Individualism-collectivism and interpersonal memory guidance of attention. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 54, 102-114.
  • Dent, K., Humphreys, G., He, X. and Braithwaite, J., 2014. Surface-based constraints on target selection and distractor rejection: Evidence from preview search. Vision Research, 97, 89-99.
  • He, X., Witzel, C., Forder, L., Clifford, A. and Franklin, A., 2014. Color categories only affect post-perceptual processes when same- and different-category colors are equally discriminable. Journal of the Optical Society of America A, 31, A322-A331.
  • Sui, J., He, X. and Humphreys, G.W., 2012. Perceptual effects of social salience: Evidence from self-prioritization effects on perceptual matching. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 38, 1105-1117.
  • Dent, K., Braithwaite, J., He, X. and Humphreys, G.W., 2012. Integrating space and time in visual search: How the preview benefit is modulated by stereoscopic depth. Vision Research, 65, 45-61.
  • He, X., Lever, A.G. and Humphreys, G.W., 2011. Interpersonal memory-based guidance of attention is reduced for ingroup members. Experimental Brain Research, 211, 429-438.
  • He, X., Humphreys, G.W., Fan, S., Chen, L. and Han, S., 2008. Differentiating spatial and object-based effects on attention: An event-related brain potential study with peripheral cueing. Brain Research, 1245, 116-125.
  • He, X., Fan, S., Zhou, K. and Chen, L., 2004. Cue validity and object-based attention. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 16, 1085-1097.
  • Han, S. and He, X., 2003. Modulation of neural activities by enhanced local selection in the processing of compound stimuli. Human Brain Mapping, 19, 273-281.
  • Han, S., He, X., Yund, E.W. and Woods, D.L., 2001. Attentional selection in the processing of hierarchical patterns: An ERP study. Biological Psychology, 56, 113-130.
  • Han, S., He, X. and Woods, D.L., 2000. Hierarchical processing and level-repetition effect as indexed by early brain potentials. Psychophysiology, 37, 817-830.

Conferences

  • Chu, M., He, X. and Sui, J., 2019. The social self: Understanding effects of social context on self-bias. In: The 3rd International Convention of Psychological Science 7-9 March 2019 Paris, France.
  • He, X., 2019. Chairing Symposium: It takes two to tango (in the mind): Interpersonal influences on cognitive processes. In: The 3rd International Convention of Psychological Science 7-9 March 2019 Paris, France.
  • Michailidis, L., Barcias, J.L., Balaguer-Ballester, E. and He, X., 2018. Bringing Tower Defense into the physiological study of flow in virtual reality. In: EuroVR 2018 22-23 October 2018 London, UK.
  • Avendaño Diaz, J. and He, X., 2018. A top-down driven attention reduction mechanism in dyads sharing the locus of attention? Insights from functional connectivity in a dual-EEG study. In: The 4th International Conference of the European Society for Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (ESCAN) 19-22 July 2018 Leiden, The Netherlands.
  • He, X., 2018. More brains: The future of hyperscanning in BCI (invited lecture). In: The 32nd British Human Computer Interaction Conference 2-6 July 2018 Belfast, UK.
  • He, X. and Avendaño Diaz, J.C., 2018. Implicit interpersonal influences in visual attention: From behaviour to EEG. In: The Future of Social Cognition Workshop 14-15 June 2018 Norwich, UK.
  • Avendaño Diaz, J.C. and He, X., 2018. Investigating attentional capture by a co-actor’s task/control setting. In: The Future of Social Cognition Workshop 14-15 June 2018 Norwich, UK.
  • Avendaño Diaz, J.C. and He, X., 2017. Sustained visual attention in dyads: Examining the role of group membership through a minimal group manipulation. In: The 7th Joint Action Meeting 22-26 July 2017 London, UK.
  • He, X. and Avendaño Diaz, J.C., 2017. A dual-EEG study of shared attention in dyads: Sensory processing or top-down control? In: The 7th Joint Action Meeting 22-26 July 2017 London, UK.
  • He, X. and Avendaño Diaz, J.C., 2017. When shared attention does not help: Reduced attention effect in dyads. In: The 2nd International Convention of Psychological Science 23-25 March 2017 Vienna, Austria.
  • He, X., 2016. ERP components and the application in brain-computer interface (invited lecture). In: The 30th British Human Computer Interaction (HCI) Conference 11-15 July 2016 Poole, UK.
  • Avendaño Diaz, J., He, X., Miellet, S., Balaguer-Ballester, E. and Zeng, B., 2016. Bringing objects to life: examining the joint Simon effect with a social-related priming manipulation. In: 6th IMPRS NeuroCom Summer School 4-6 July 2016 Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany.
  • He, X., Kumar, S., Sui, J. and Humphreys, G.W., 2015. An inhibitory mechanism of interpersonal memory guidance revealed by ERPs. In: The 6th Joint Action Meeting 1-4 July 2015 Budapest, Hungary.
  • He, X., Sebanz, N., Sui, J. and Humphreys, G.W., 2013. Individualism-collectivism and interpersonal memory guidance of attention. In: The 15th European Social Cognition Network Transfer of Knowledge Conference 27 August-1 September 2013 Vilnius, Lithuania.
  • He, X., Sebanz, N., Lever, A.G. and Humphreys, G.W., 2011. Inter-personal memory guidance of attention in joint action: Effects of in-group coding. In: The 4th Joint Action Meeting 7-9 July 2011 Vienna, Austria.
  • He, X., Sebanz, N. and Humphreys, G.W., 2010. Attentional guidance by knowledge of others’ memory: Contributions from culture (invited lecture). In: The British Neuropsychological Society Meeting 20-21 October 2010 London, UK.
  • He, X., Sebanz, N. and Humphreys, G.W., 2010. Joint memory guidance of visual attention: Contributions from culture. In: The 7th International Conference on Cognitive Science 17-20 August 2010 Beijing, China.
  • He, X., Sebanz, N. and Humphreys, G.W., 2010. Do I have your memory? Joint memory effects on visual attention. In: The 1st Joint Conference of the EPS and SEPEX 15-17 April 2010 Granada, Spain.
  • He, X., Han, S. and Humphreys, G.W., 2008. Perceptual load affects early modulation of reflexive attention. In: The 49th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society 13-16 November 2008 Chicago, USA.
  • He, X., Han, S. and Humphreys, G.W., 2007. Contribution of temporal expectancy in perceptual inhibition of return. In: The 13th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping 10-14 June 2007 Chicago, USA.
  • He, X. and Chen, L., 2004. Reflexive object-based attention. In: The 3rd Asian Conference on Vision 15-19 November 2004 Chongqing, China.

PhD Students

  • Juan Camilo Avendaño Diaz. Interpersonal processes: social facets of human cognition (writing up)
  • Lazaros Michailidis (EngD with SONY). Neurogaming - neural code of 'flow' in video games (writing up)
  • Román Arango. Metastable dynamics of cortical ensembles underlying cognition
  • Dr Rui Wang (completed), 2018. Audiovisual perception of Mandarin lexical tones: Visual benefit effect and incongruent effect
  • Marcia Saul (EngD with BrainTrainUK). Realtime multiple participant neuro-feedback (NF) training to enhance group synchrony to reduce social anxiety

Profile of Teaching PG

  • Level 7 (2013-present): Advanced Research Methods (ARM) (unit leading 2016-2017)
  • Level 7 (2016-present): Nutrition and Brain Function Across the Lifespan (guest lecture for Faculty of HSS)
  • Level 7 (2017-present): Research Project

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Level 5 (2014-present): Biological Psychology (Biopsy; formerly known as Neuropsychology 2014-2016)
  • Level 6 (2013-present): Research Project
  • Level 6 (2015-present): Mind, Brain, and Evolution (MBE) (unit leading from 2017)
  • Level 5 Year Tutor (January 2017 - August 2018)
  • Level 6 (2016-2017): Experimental Research Methods master class (guest lecture for Department of Computing & Informatics)
  • Level 6 (2018-present): Cultural Psychology (CUPS) (unit leading from 2018)
  • Level 6 (2018-present): Research Project lecture on EEG

Grants

  • Erasmus+ Staff Mobility (Erasmus+, 04 Aug 2019). Awarded
  • Judging overall mood of a crowd: how does the brain rapidly perceive an average emotion from multiple faces? (British Academy, 01 Jul 2019). Awarded
  • Interpersonal processes: social facets of human cognition (Hooray Education GmbH, Germany, 25 Jan 2016). Completed
  • Neurofeedback diagnosis and treatment on children with speech, language and communication needs (Boen EEG Information Technology Co. Ltd., China, 01 Sep 2014). Completed
  • Neural correlates of interaction between voluntary and reflexive visual attention (Royal Society, 01 Apr 2006). Completed
  • The neural correlates of the interaction between voluntary and reflexive visual attention (National Natural Science Foundation of China, 01 Jan 2006). Completed
  • Neural mechanism of object-based attention (China Postdoctoral Science Foundation, 01 Dec 2004). Completed

External Responsibilities

  • Newton Fund (The British Council), Contracted reviewer (2018-2020)
  • De Montfort University, External Examiner (2017-2021)
  • University of Plymouth, External Examiner (2017-2021)
  • The 7th British Conference of Undergraduate Research (25th-26th April 2017), Organising committee member (2016-2017)
  • Dorset Mindfulness Centre, Experimental Psychology Advisor (2015-)

Internal Responsibilities

  • Member, Quality Assurance and Enhancement Group (QAEG) (2015-)
  • Coordinator, Research Apprenticeship Scheme, Department of Psychology (2014-)
  • Member, Teaching Committee, Department of Psychology (2016-2018)
  • Member, Research Committee, Department of Psychology (2014-2015, 2017-)
  • Member, China Global Regional Group, GlobalBU (2016-)

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • Review paper (Michailidis et al., 2018) being featured in an article on Forbes ("Why is everyone so excited about 'Borderlands 3'?"), 3 April 2019.
  • Professional training with Robert Gebka in the module ‘The neuroscience and physiology of mindfulness’, Professional Mindfulness Practitioner Training, Dorset Mindfulness Centre, Bournemouth, 17 February 2019.
  • Public talk for Café Scientifique, "Working together: when your mind is in my mind". 6 November 2018.
  • Professional training with Robert Gebka in the module ‘The neuroscience and physiology of mindfulness’, Professional Mindfulness Practitioner Training, Dorset Mindfulness Centre, Bournemouth, 15 July 2018.
  • Public talk for Purbeck Probus, "Cognition in pairs". 4 April 2018.
  • Professional training with Robert Gebka in the module ‘The neuroscience and physiology of mindfulness’, Professional Mindfulness Practitioner Training, Dorset Mindfulness Centre, Bournemouth, 18 February 2018.
  • Public event at ESRC Festival of Social Science, 'Performance in pairs: human minds acting together'. Bournemouth University, 8 November 2017.
  • Professional training with Robert Gebka in the module ‘The neuroscience and physiology of mindfulness’, Professional Mindfulness Practitioner Training, Dorset Mindfulness Centre, Bournemouth, 16 July 2017.
  • Public event at Festival of Learning, 'When your mind is in my mind: cognition in pairs'. Bournemouth University, 8 July 2017.
  • Professional training with Robert Gebka in the module ‘The neuroscience and physiology of mindfulness’, Professional Mindfulness Practitioner Training, Dorset Mindfulness Centre, Bournemouth, 3 July 2016.
  • BBC Radio 4. Episode 2: Colour naming, Series Technicolour (Presenter: Tracey Logan; Producer: Michel Martin). 29 January 2013.

Qualifications

  • PhD in Biophysics (Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2004)
  • BSc (Hons) in Biology (University of Science and Technology of China, 1997)
  • PGCE in Education Practice (Bournemouth University, 2016)

Memberships

  • Experimental Psychology Society, Member (2011-),
  • Higher Education Academy, Associate Fellow (2015-2016),
  • Higher Education Academy, Fellow (2016-),
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