As a “Hundred Talents Program” candidate, Dr. Xun Liu was invited to make an oral recruitment defense on January 18th, 2010, attended by nine accreditation experts.
Dr. Liu obtained his doctorate degree in December 2000 in University of California, Los Angeles. Since then, he has successively worked in Colorado University, Cornell University Weill Medical College, Kentucky and New York University in the field of cognitive neuroscience and brain imaging. Now he is working in Department of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine as assistant professor.
Dr. Liu Xun focuses his researches on attention and visual recognition as a way to study motivation, reward-related decision-making behavior, cognitive and emotional processes. He has also been actively involved in interdisciplinary collaborative researches with scholars in the fields of brain imaging and pathological studies. For example, in order to study attention control, he had done a great deal to improve the methods of typical experiment psychology, such as Stroop and Simon procedures, to examine the effects of neural network in stimulus - response compatibility. Besides, he has also used the gambling-related decision-making tasks to analyze the brain's reward circuit and found that different brain region links’ function in positive and negative reward for return, as well as risk assessment.
Dr. Liu has already published 14 papers on SCI journals and five of which has been cited more than 113 times. Because of its outstanding achievements, he received NARSAD Young Scientist Award of the United States in 2009 (Young Investigator Award), and was invited to participate in the assessment and selection of the topics by the U.S. National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIH / NIDA).
All nine experts agreed to accept Dr. Liu Xun as a “Hundred Talents Program” researcher in Institute of Psychology, CAS.