Labs & Groups


  • Xinying Cai’s Lab (Cai Lab)
    Professor Cai’s current research focuses on elucidating the neural underpinnings of economic decision making (a.k.a. Neuroeconomics). His work has appeared in leading scientific journals such as Neuron, Journal of Neuroscience, Science and Nature Neuroscience. Prior to joining NYU Shanghai, Professor Cai was a postdoctoral fellow first at Yale University then at Washington University in St. Louis. He was the recipient of the Excellence in Neural Engineering Award at the Second Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) International Conference on Neural Engineering.
  • Jeffrey Erlich’s Lab (Erlich Lab)
    Animals have many competing goals and drives as well as a barrage of sensory input to process. If our attention and actions are as frenetic as the world around us (as may be the case in attention deficit disorder) we will have difficulty accomplishing our goals. How does the brain deal with all of this competing input? How do brain structures deal with ambiguous or conflicting sensory information? And how do different brain structures communicate, influence and compete with each other so that the result of this competition is coherent thought and action? These questions cover a range of topics: attention, decision-making, cognitive control, planning, working memory, and others.
  • Li Perception & Action Lab (Li Lab)
    We conduct both basic and applied research in the domain of visual perception and action. For basic research, we use interdisciplinary approaches from psychology, computer science, and engineering to examine visual information affecting perceptual judgments and motor control of self- and object motion. For applied research, we address relevant real-world problems in human factors. The goal is to understand the complexities of human perception of motion and its integration with motor control processes under both controlled laboratory and natural environment settings.
  • Sukbin Lim’s Lab
    My core research interests lie in modeling and analysis of neuronal systems. Utilizing a broad spectrum of dynamical systems theory, the theory of stochastic processes, and information and control theories, I develop and analyze neural network models and synaptic plasticity rules for learning and memory.
  • Zhong-Lin Lu's Lab
    Lu’s research has been driven by a desire to develop computational brain models for perception and cognition– models that are sufficiently computational such that they can be represented in a computer program or in mathematical theory. He deploys a rich set of experimental and theoretical approaches: psychophysical experimentation, physiological investigation, clinical testing, and computational modeling. His research spans a wide range of topics covering (1) visual and auditory perception, attention, and perceptual learning, (2) sensory and attentional processes, second language learning, memory, and human decision making, (3) visual deficits in myopia, dyslexia, amblyopia & Alzheimer's disease, and (4) brain imaging technologies, data analytics and cognitive neuroscience.
  • Xing Tian’s Lab
    Using electrophysiological (MEG/EEG), neuroimaging (fMRI) techniques, and behavioral, computational approaches, Professor Tian investigates motor-sensory interactions, mental imagery, and speech and language.


Associated Programs

  • The NYU-ECNU Institute of Brain and Cognitive Science at NYU Shanghai
    The NYU-ECNU Institute of Brain and Cognitive Science at NYU Shanghai is a research institute dedicated to the development of a unique research and training environment to advance the understanding of brain function in health and disease. The primary goal of the Institute is to understand the mechanisms by which neural circuits in the brain generate higher cognition and flexible behavior, and their impairments associated with brain diseases such as autism, schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Shanghai Neuroeconomics Collective
    Neuroeconomics is a rapidly growing international academic discipline focused on understanding how and why humans and animals make the decisions that they do. Combining approaches from Economics, Psychology, Neuroscience and Anthropology, the discipline unites scholars from across the academic spectrum to understand how we make decisions with an aim towards treating pathology, understanding consumer behavior and developing better public policies. In the last decade, Centers for the Study of Neuroeconomics have begun to emerge throughout Asia and the Pacific Rim. In and around Shanghai, three major research centers have united to build Neuroeconomics in this region. NYU Shanghai, Duke University Kunshan, and East China Normal University work together to support a regional seminar series, an international summer school, regular regional meetings and a host of other projects designed to enhance the importance of Neuroeconomics within East China.