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   Xuchu Weng


 Laboratory for Higher Brain Function
 Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Research interests
(1) we are interested in the neural basis of reading, paying a special attention to the role of the left fusiform area in visual word recognition and its functional plasticity along with learning to read Chinese in children and adults (illiterates and native English/German readers);
(2) we are also interested in applications of functional MRI in neurological and psychiatric diseases such as depression, substance dependence, and vegetative state.


 Zhejiang College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, TCM, BS, 1985
 Graduate School, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Biological Psychology, MS, 1992
 Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Biological Psychology, Ph.D. 1995

Employment History

 2000-present         Professor, Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
                             Graduate School, Chinese Academy of Sciences
 1997-present         Founding director, Laboratory for Higher Brain Function
                             Institute of Psychology, CAS
 1996-2000             Associate Professor, Institute of Psychology, CAS
 1993-1996             Assistant Professor, Institute of Psychology, CAS


 National Outstanding Young Investigator Award in China, 2004
 The 9th China National Science and Technology Award for Young Investigator, 2006.

Ongoing Research Grants

  Neural basis of Chinese word processing: a cognitive neuroscience approach (NSF of China, 1/2005-12/2008)
  Experimental neuropsychology study on acquired dyslexia in native Chinese speakers (NSF of China, 01/2006-12/2008)
  Investigation of the functioning human cerebrocerebellar network with MRI (NSF of China, 01/2007-12/2009)
Cognitive impairments in patients with major depression (Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, 07/2007-08/2011)

External Academic Activities

  Chairman, Division of Neuroscience Technology, the Chinese Society for Neuroscience
  Member, Editorial Board, Neuroscience Bulletin (official Journal of Chinese Society for Neuroscience)
  Member, Editorial Board, Advances in Psychological Science in China
  Member, Executive Editorial Board, Chinese Journal of Medical Image
  Ad Hoc Reviewer for more than 15 academic journals in China and for the following international journals: Biological Psychiatry, Brain Research, Cognitive Brain Research, the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Human Brain Mapping, Memory and Cognition, Molecular Brain Research, NeuroImage, Neuropsychologia, and Stroke

Selective Publications

1. Chen AT, Weng XC, Yuan XJ, Xu L, Qiu J, Yao DZ, Li H. The temporal features of self-referential processing evoked by Chinese handwriting. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience (accepted)

2. Xie XP, Cao ZT, Weng XC. Spatiotemporal nonlinearity in resting-state fMRI of the human brain. NeuroImage (accepted)

3. Xie XP, Cao ZT, Weng XC, Jin D. Estimating intrinsic dimensionality of fMRI dataset incorporating an AR(1) noise model with cubic spline interpolation. Neurocomputing (accepted).

4. Di HB, Boly M, Weng XC, Ledoux D, Laureys S Neuroimaging activation studies in the vegetative state: predictors of recovery? Clinical Medicine (accepted)

5. Zhang X, Ma L, Li SW, Wang YP, Weng XC, Wang LN. A mismatch process in brief delayed matching-to-sample task: an fMRI study. Experimental Brain Research, 2008, 186: 335C341.

6. Yang Z, LaConte S, Weng XC, Hu XP. Ranking and averaging independent component analysis by reproducibility (RAICAR). Human Brain Mapping 2007 Jun 27 [Epub ahead of print]

7. Liu S, Zhou W, Ruan X, Li R, Lee T, Weng XC, Hu J, Yang G. Activation of the hypothalamus characterizes the response to acupuncture stimulation in heroin addicts. Neuroscience Letters 2007, 421: 203-208.

8. Lin CY, Xiao ZW, Shen L, Zhang JX, Weng XC. Similar brain activation patterns for writing logographic and phonetic symbols in Chinese. NeuroReport 2007, 18:1621-1615.

9. Yn WL, Li XQ, Tang WJ, Li Y, Weng XC, Chen YZ. fMRI study of pain reaction in the brain under state of "Qigong". American Journal of Chinese Medicine. 2007, 35(6): 937-945.

10.Di HB, Yu SM, Weng XC, Laureys S, Yu D, Li JQ, Qin PM, Zhu YH, Zhang SZ, Chen YZ. Cerebral response to patients?own name in the vegetative and minimally conscious states. Neurology 2007, 68: 895-899.

11. Luo BY, Zhao XY, Wang YW, Xu MW, Weng XC. Is surface dyslexia in Chinese the same as in alphabetic one? Chinese Medical Journal 2007, 120: 148-149.

12.Xiao ZW, Lee TMC, Zhang JX, Wu QL, Wu RH, Weng XC, Hu XP. Thirsty heroin addicts show different fMRI activations when exposed to water-related and drug-related cues. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 2006, 83:157-162.

13.Zang YF, Jin Z, Weng XC, Zhang L, Zeng YW, Yang Li, Wang YF, Seidman LJ, Faraone SV. Functional MRI in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: Evidence for hypofrontality. Brain and Development 2005, 27: 544-550.

14. Zhu YH, Di HB, Yan Y, Ren JG, Yu W, Zhang ZQ, Weng XC, Chen YZ. Involvement of the cerebellum in sequential finger movement learning: evidence from functional magnetic resonance imaging. Chinese Science Bulletin 2005, 50: 1887-1891.

15. Lee TMC, Zhou WH, Luo XJ, Yuen KSL, Ruan XZ, Weng XC Change of neural activity associated with cognitive regulation in heroin users: an fMRI study. Neuroscience Letters 2005, 382: 211-216.

16. Xiao ZW, Zhang JX, Wang XY, Wu RH, Hu XP, Weng XC, Tan LH. Differential activity in left inferior frontal gyrus for pseudo and real words: An event-related fMRI study on auditory lexical decision. Human Brain Mapping 2005: 25: 212-221.

17. Zhu YH, Dong ZW, Weng XC, Chen YZ Functional brain laterality for sequential movement: Impact of transient practice. Chinese Science Bulletin 2005, 50: 235-239.

18.Zhang XJ, Zhuang J, Ma LF, Yu W, Peng DL, Ding GS, Zhang ZQ, Weng XC Semantic processing of Chinese in left inferior prefrontal cortex studied with reversible words. NeuroImage 2004, 23: 975-982.

19. Xiao ZW, Lin CY, Luo XJ, Huang FM, Zhuang WD, Li JX, Weng XC, Wu RH Continuous representation of face and scene in the human ventral temporal cortex: evidence from fMRI. Chinese Medical Journal 2004, 117: 1309-1312.

20. Jiang TZ, He Y, Zang YF, Weng XC Modulation of functional connectivity during the resting state and the motor task. Human Brain Mapping, 2004, 22: 63-71.

21. Xu XJ, Zhang MM, Shang DS, Wang QD, Luo BY, Weng XC Cortical language activation in aphasia: a functional MRI study. Chinese Medical Journal, 2004, 117: 1011-1016.

22.Zang YF, Jia FC, Weng XC, Li EZ, Cui SZ, Wang YF, Hazeltine E, Ivry R. Organization of the primary motor cortex characterized by event-related fMRI during movement preparation and execution. Neuroscience Letters, 2003, 337: 69-72.

23. Yang JJ, Weng XC, Guan LC, Kuang PZ, Zhang MZ, Sun WJ, Yu SY, Pattterson K. Involvement of the medial temporal lobe in priming for new associations. Neuropsychologia, 2003, 41: 818 - 829.

24. Xiang HD, Lin CY, Ma XH, Zhang ZQ, Bower J, Weng XC, Gao JH. Involvement of the cerebellum in semantic discrimination: an fMRI study. Human Brain Mapping, 2003, 18: 208-214.

25. Ma L, Tang YY, Wang Y, Li DJ, Weng XC, Zhang WT, Zhuang JC, Hu XP. Mapping the brain areas associated with Chinese word processing. Chinese Medical Journal, 2003, 116: 176-180.

26. Kong J, Ma L, Gollub RL, Wei J, Yang X, Li D, Weng X, Jia F, Wang C, Li F, Li R, Zhuang D A Pilot Study of Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain During Manual and Electroacupuncture Stimulation of Acupuncture Point (LI-4 Hegu) in Normal Subjects Reveals Differential Brain Activation Between Methods The International Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine20028: 411-419.

27. Li EZ, Weng XC, Han Y, Wu SJ, Zhuang JC, Chen CH, Feng L, Zhang K. Asymmetry of brain functional activation: fMRI study under language and music stimulation. Chinese Medical Journal, 2000, 113: 154-158.

28. Cui SZ, Li EZ, Zang YF, Weng XC, Ivry R, WangJJ. Both sides of cerebellum involved in preparation and execution of sequential movements. NeuroReport, 2000, 11: 3849-3853.

29. Luo, YJ, Hu S, Weng XC, Wei JH. Effects of semantic discrimination of Chinese words on N400 component of event-related potentials. Perceptual and Motor Skills. 1999, 89: 185-193.

30.Weng XC, Ding Y.-S, Volkow ND. Imaging the functioning human brain. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A., 1999, 96: 11073-11074


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