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Wenfeng Chen. Dr.
  • Name: Wenfeng Chen
  • Office Address: Department of psychology, Renmin University of China, 59# Zhongguancun St., Haidian Dist., Beijing 100872, P.R.China 100872
  • TEL: 86-10-
  • FAX: 86-10-
  • E-MAIL: wchen@ruc.edu.cn

Research Interests

  • Emotion / Emotional Contagion
  • Social Perception of Face
  • Visual Attention
  • Individual Difference in Cognition
  • Cross-cultural study


  • 2017-2021 "cognitive-oriented multi-source data learning theory and algorithm",Project funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, collaborator
  • 2014-2017 "Automatic and controlled processing of facial expressions in the aging brain", Project funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (31371031)
  • 2013-2015 "Transfer of leaing from 2D and 3D media to reality during childhood", Project for Young Scientists Fund of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (31200783) , collaborator
  • 2012-2014 "Benefits and costs of uniqueness in multiple object tracking", The Scientific Research Foundation for the Retued Overseas Chinese Scholars, Ministry of Education.
  • 2009-2012 "Key Technology of Artificial Cognition of Unmanned Vehicles and integrated verification platform", Key Project funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (90820305), collaborator
  • 2008-2010 "Multiple face tracking", Young Scientists Fund by Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
  • 2006-2011 "Human Vsiual Characteristic&nbsp;on Visual media", sub-project of&nbsp;973 Program (2006CB303101) of Ministry of Science and Technology of China
  • 2007-2009 "Temporal Integration in Vision", Project for Young Scientists Fund of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (30600182).
  • 09/2006-11/2006 'Leaing faces' (Liu, C.H. & Chen, W.). China-UK Science Networks, Royal Society and National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)
  • 2005 Ph.D. Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Developmental and educational Psychology.
  • 2002 M.S. Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Cognitive Psychology.
  • 1999 B.S. Peking University, Psychology. 


  • 2017-    Department of Psychology, Renmin University of China
  • 2009- 2017 Associate Professor, Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  •         2009-2010 Visiting Researcher, Department of Psychology, University of Hull, UK
  • 2005-2008  Assistant Professor, Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  •         2006  Visiting Researcher, Department of Psychology, University of Hull, UK

Professional Role

2016-  Associate Editor, Frontiers in Emotion Science

2013-2015 Guest Associate Editor, Frontiers in Emotion Science

  • Ad-hoc Reviewer
  • Journals: Emotion, Scientific Report,  Frontiers in Psychology, Neurocomputing,Psychiatry Research, Experimental Psychology, PLoS ONE, BMC Psychology, Neuroscience Bulletin, Acta Psychologica Sinica, Psychological Science(China), Advance in Psychological Science (China), Chinese Journal of Ergonomics
  • Grant Agencies:   National Science Foundation of China, Zhejiang Provincial Natural Science Foundation of China
  1. Li, Q.*, Chen, W.*. (2022).Differences in ensemble representation dependent on various stimulus types and attributes. Chinese Science Bulletin.
  2. Liu C., Liu L., Wang D., Chen W*. (2022). The mechanism of collective ritual promoting group emotional contagion. Advances in Psychological Science
  3. Qi Y., Qin S., Wang K., Chen W. (2022). Regulation of facial trustworthiness evaluation: The proposal and empirical verification of the experience transfer hypothesis. Advances in Psychological Science, 30(4), 715-722.
  4. Wang D., Wang D.,  Chen W*. (in press). How adolescents’ resilience influences their malevolent creative behavior: the stress-moderated mediating effect of coping style.  Acta Psychologica Sinica, 54(2), 154-167.
  5. Liu, C.H., Young,A.W., Li,J., Tian, X., Chen,W.* (2021). Predicting attractiveness from face parts reveals multiple covarying cues. British Journal of Psychology, 113(1), 264-286. PMID: 34541676 DOI: 10.1111/bjop.12532
  6. Li H, Ji L, Li Q and Chen W (2021). Individual Faces Were Not Discarded During Extracting Mean Emotion Representations. Front. Psychol. 12:713212. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.713212
  7. TIAN X., HOU W., OU Y., YI B., CHEN W.*, SHANG J*. (2021). Average percept in ensemble perception is based on morphed average object: Evidence from average facial attractiveness. Acta Psychologica Sinica, 53(7), 714-728.
  8. HOU W., TIAN X., LIU L., YI B., OU Y., CEHN W.*, SHANG J.* (2021). Continuum effect in assimilation process of facial attractiveness. Advances in Psychological Science, 29(7), 1210-1215.
  9. Shang J, Liu Z, Yang H, Wang C, Zheng L, Chen W and Liu CH (2020). Perceptual Advantage of Animal Facial Attractiveness: Evidence From b-CFS and Binocular Rivalry. Front. Psychol. 11:1670.
  10. Peng S., Liu C.H., Yang X., Li H., Chen W.,  Hu P.* (2020). Culture variation in the average identity extraction: The role of global vs. local processing orientation, Visual Cognition, 28(3), 180-191. DOI: 10.1080/13506285.2020.1751762
  11. Liu, C.,  Young, A. & Basra, G. & Ren, N. & Chen, W*. (2020). Perceptual integration and the composite face effect. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 73(7), 1101-1114.
  12. Shang J*, Li Y, Liu Z and Chen W* .(2020). Influence of intergroup emotions and individual emotions on processing of other’s pain: an ERP study.Chinese Journal of Health Psychology, 28(3), 401-409.
  13. Wang H, Tong S, Shang J* and Chen W* (2019) The Role of Gender in the Preconscious Processing of Facial Trustworthiness and Dominance. Front. Psychol. 10:2565.
  14. Shen X*, Chen W*, Zhao G and Hu P (2019) Editorial: Recognizing Microexpression: An Interdisciplinary
    Perspective. Front. Psychol. 10:1318.
  15. Peng S, Zhang L, Xu R, Liu CH, Chen W and Hu P (2019). Self-Construal Priming Modulates Ensemble Perception
    of Multiple-Face Identities. Front. Psychol. 10:1096.
  16.  Yan, Y.,Li, F.,Xu, P., Zheng, S.,Chen, W.,...&Liu, Z. (2018). Photoplethysmography based psychological stress detection with pulse rate variability feature differences and elastic net.Inteational journal of distributed sensor networks,14(9),14.
  17. Liu, C., Chen,W. (2018). The Boundary of Holistic Processing in the Appraisal of Facial Attractiveness. Royal Society Open Science, 5(6), 171616. .
  18. Ji, L., Chen, W., Loeys, T., Pourtois, G. (2018). Ensemble representation for multiple facial expressions: Evidence for a capacity limited perceptual process. Journal of Vision, 18(3):17.  https://doi.org/10.1167/18.3.17
  19. Liu, Y.*, Chen, W.*, Fu, X. (2018). Positive Intervention Model of Life and Leaing Ability of Autistic Children. Chinese Science Bulletin, 63 (15), 1474- 1481.
  20. Ma, L., Chen, W.*, Fu, X., Wang T. (2018). Emotional expression and Micro - expression Recognition in Depressive Patients. Chinese Science Bulletin, 63 (20), 2048- 2056..
  21. Shang, J., Liu, Z., Chen, W.* (2018). Influence of Aesthetics on Unconscious Processing of Weste Paintings. Acta Psychologica Sinica, 50(6), 1-10.
  22. Ma, L., Chen, W.*, Wang, T., Zhang, D. (2018). MMPI analysis of delayed graduation students. Chinese Mental Health Journal, 32(4), 350-352.
  23. Shang, J., Chen, W.*, Ji, L. (2018). The Role of Facial Attractiveness in Cognitive Process and Its Neural Mechanism. Advance in Psychological Science, 26 (2): 241-253.
  24. Chen, W., Ren, N., Young A.W., Liu, C. H.* (2018). Interaction Between Social Categories in the Composite Face Paradigm. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Leaing, Memory, and Cognition,  44(1), 34-49. doi: 10.1037/xlm0000418
  25. Wang, L., Chen, W.*, Li, H. (2017). Use of 3D faces facilitates facial expression recognition in children. Scientific Reports,7, 45464. doi:10.1038/srep45464
  26. Fu, Q.*, Liu, Y. J., Dienes, Z., Wu, J., Chen, W., & Fu, X. (2017). Neural Correlates of Subjective Awareness for Natural Scene Categorization of Color Photographs and Line-Drawings. Frontiers in Psychology, 8:210. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00210
  27. Li, H., Ji, L., Tong, K., Ren, N., Chen, W.*, Liu, C.H. and Fu, X. (2016). Processing of Individual Items during Ensemble Coding of Facial Expressions. Frontiers in Psychology, 7:1332. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01332
  28. Liu, C. H.*, Chen, W.*, Ward, J., & Takahashi, N. (2016). Dynamic emotional faces generalise better to a new expression but not to a new view. Scientific Reports, 6, 31001; doi: 10.1038/srep31001.
  29. Fu, Q.*, Liu, Y. J., Dienes, Z., Wu, J., Chen, W., & Fu, X. (2016). The role of edge-based and surface-based information in natural scene categorization: Evidence from behavior and event-related potentials. Consciousness and Cognition, 43, 152–166. 
  30. Liang, J., Yan W., Chen. W., Fu, X. (2016). The influence of situational factors on lying: Based on self-concept maintenance theory. Studies of Psychology and Behavior,14(5): 709-714.
  31. Zhang, Y., Li, H.Y.,Chen, W.F., Fu, X.L.(2016). Modulation of Facial Expression on Other-race Face Categorization. Progress in Biochemistry and Biophysics,43(4),406~412
  32. Tong, K., Ji, L., Chen, W., Fu, X. (2015).  Unstable Mean Context Causes Sensitivity Loss and Biased Estimation of Variability. Journal of Vision, 5(4):15, 1–12. doi: 10.1167/15.4.15.
  33. Liu, Y.,Yu, M., Fu, Q.,  Chen, W.,  Liu, Y., Xie, L. (2015). Cognitive mechanism related to line drawings and its applications in intelligent processing of visual media: A Survey. Frontiers of Computer Science,  10(2), 216-232.
  34. Zhao, M. F., Zimmer, H. D., Shen, X., Chen, W., & Fu, X.* (2016). Exploring the Cognitive Processes Causing the Age-Related Categorization Deficit in the Recognition of Facial Expressions. Experimental Aging Research, 42(4), 348-364. doi: 10.1080/0361073X.2016.1191854
  35. Liu*, C. H., Chen*, W., Wards, J. (2015). Effects of Exposure to Facial Expression Variation in Face Leaing and Recognition. Psychological Research, 79(6):1042-1053.
  36. Tong K., Tang W., Chen W.*, Fu X.(2015). Statistical summary representation: contents and mechanisms. Advance in Psychological Science, 23 (10), 1723-1731
  37. Chen W, Liu CH, Li H, Tong K, Ren N and Fu X (2015) Facial expression at retrieval affects recognition of facial identity. Frontiers in Psychology, 6:780. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00780
  38. Liu*, C. H., Chen*, W., Wards, J. (2014). Remembering Faces with Emotional Expressions. Frontiers in Psychology, 5:1439. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01439
  39. Chen W.*, Tang W., Ji L., Tong K., Xuan Y., Fu X.(2014). Automatic and Controlled Processing of Facial Expressions in the Aging Brain.  Advance in Psychological Science, 22(9), 1372-1382.
  40. Zhao N, Chen W, Xuan Y, Mehler B, Reimer B, Fu X. (2014). Drivers' and non-drivers' performance in a change detection task with static driving scenes: is there a benefit of experience. Ergonomics, 57(7):998-1007.
  41. Ji, L., Chen, W., Fu, X. (2014). Different roles of foveal and extrafoveal vision in ensemble representation for facial expressions. LNAI 8532, pp. 164-173. The 16th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, 22 - 27 June 2014, Creta Maris, Heraklion, Crete, Greece.
  42. Yang, C., Ji, L., Chen, W., Fu, X. (2014). Positive affective leaing improves memory.in D. Harris (Ed.): EPCE 2014, LNAI 8532, pp. 293–300.
  43. Liu C H, Chen W, Han H, & Shan S.(2013). Effects of Image Preprocessing on Face Matching and Recognition in Human Observers, Applied Cognitive Psychology (ACP), 27(6), 718-724.
  44. Fu*, X., Cai, L., Liu, Y., Jia, J., Chen, W., Zhang, Y., Zhao, G., Liu, Y. J., & Wu, C. (2014). A computational cognition model of perception, memory, and judgment. Science in China Series F: Information Sciences,57(3), 1-15.
  45. Yang L.*, Chen W., Ng A. H., Fu X. (2013).  Aging, Culture, and Memory for Categorically Processed Information. The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 68(6):872-881.
  46. Liu. T., Chen, W.*, Liu, C. H., Fu, X. (2012). Benefits and costs of uniqueness in multiple object tracking: the role of object complexity. Vision Research, 66, 31-38. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0042698912001800
  47. Chen W., Liu C.H., Nakabayashi K. (2012). Beauty Hinders Attention Switch in Change Detection: The Role of Facial Attractiveness and Distinctiveness. PLoS ONE 7(2): e32897. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0032897
  48. Liu, C.H., & Chen, W*. (2012). Beauty is Better Pursued: Effects of Attractiveness in Multiple-Face Tracking. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 65(3), 553-564.     http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17470218.2011.624186
  49. Chen, W., Lander, K. and Liu, C.H. (2011). Matching faces with emotional expressions. Front. Psychology 2:206. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2011.00206  http://www.frontiersin.org/emotion_science/10.3389/fpsyg.2011.00206/abstract
  50. Liu, Y. J., Luo, X., Xuan, Y. M., Chen, W. F., & Fu, X. L. (2011). Image Retargeting Quality Assessment. Computer Graphics Forum, 30(2), 583–592.
  51. Zhao, N., Chen, W., Xuan, Y., Fu, X. (2011). Focus and shift of visual attention in driving. Chinese Journal of Ergonomics, 17(4), 85-88,51.
  52. Cheng, Z; Chen, W*; Ran,T ; Deng, Z; Fu, X. (2010). A bayesian framework for crowding Effect. Proceddings of 2010 Chinese Control and Decision Conference, CCDC 2010, pp 486-490, May 26, 2010 - May 28, 2010 Xuzhou, China.
  53. Chen, W., Xuan, Y., Liu, Y,, Fu, Q., & Fu, X. (2009). Cognitive Function Deficit in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: The Role of Executive Control. Advance in Psychological Science (in Chinese), 17, 610-615.
  54. Ren, D., Chen, W.*, Liu, C. H., & Fu, X. (2009). Identity processing in multiple-face tracking. Jornal of Vision, 9(5):18, 1-15, http://journalofvision.org/9/5/18/, doi:10.1167/9.5.18. 
  55. Liu, T., Chen, W.*, Xuan, Y., Fu, X. (2009). The effect of object features on multiple object tracking and identification under inter-object occlusion. In D. Harris (Ed.): Engineering Psychology and Cognitive Ergonomics, HCII 2009, LNAI 5639, pp. 206–212, 2009. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2009.  http://www.springerlink.com/content/f582782738p7j647/fulltext.pdf
  56. He, Y., Xuan, Y., Chen, W., & Fu, X. (2009). Subjective Image Quality Assessment: a Method Based on Signal Detection Theory. Proceedings of the 2009 IEEE Inteational Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybeetics, pp4915-4919, October 11-14, 2009, San Antonio, Texas, USA..
  57. Chen, W., Liu, C.H. (2009). Transfer between Pose and Expression Training in Face Recognition. Vision Research, 49, 368-373.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.visres.2008.11.003
  58. Chen, W., Liu, C.H., Lander, K., Fu, X. (2009). Comparison of human face matching behavior and computational image similarity measure.  Science in China Series F: Information Sciences, 52, 316-321.    http://www.springerlink.com/content/0x11ukx3737001x8/
  59. Li, Y., Chen, W. , & Zhang, J.X.(2007). TV Advertisement's Impact on Children's Consuming Behavior. Chinese Journal of Ergonomics, 13(4), 64-66.
  60. Chen, W, Liu, C. H., Fu, X. (2007). Asymmetry of Left Versus Right Lateral Face in Face Recognition. ACII2007. LNCS, 4738, 712-713 .
  61. Ran, T., Chen, W., & Fu, X. (2007). Emotional Faces in Peripheral Crowding. ACII2007. LNCS, 4738, 774-775.
  62. Huang, S., Chen, W.,  & Fu, X. (2007).Factorial and Construct Validity of the Chinese Self-Directed Leaing Readiness Scale. Psychological Science, 30(1), 148-150
  63. Chua, H.F., Chen, W., & Park, D.C. (2006). Source Memory, Aging, and Culture. Gerontology, 52(5), 306-313 
  64. Chen, W., Cui, Y., & Zhang, J.(2005) Introduction to E-Prime and its Application. Psychological Science. 28(6), 1456-1458
  65. Chen, W., Jiao, S.(2005). Objects and Locations in Selective Attention. Psychological Science,28(2), 395-397
  66. Chen, W., Zhang, J.(2004). Factorial and Construct Validity of the Chinese Positive and Negative Affect Scale for Student. Chinese Mental Health Journal, 18(11), 763-765
  67. Chen, W., Jia,o S.(2003). Object-based Attention in Hierarchical Patte. Acta Psychologica Sinica, 35(Suppl.), 51-63
  68. Hu, P., Chen, W., Jiao, S.(2002). Advance in Research of Perceptual Leaing Theory. Psychological Science, 25(5), 584-588
  69. Xie, X., Chen, W.(2002). Measure and Analysis on Managers' Individual Influence. Acta Scientiarum Naturalium, Universitatis Pekinensis, 38(1), 127-135
  70. Hu, P., Chen, W., Jiao, S.(2001). Advance in Research of Perceptual Leaing. Advance of Psychological Science, 9(4), 302-310
  71. Xie, X., Chen, W.(2001). Forming and examining on the training method of interrelationships. Chinese Journal of Management Science, 9(Special Issue), 639-647
  72. Xie, X., Liu, G., Chen, W., & Xu, L.(2000). Risk Cognition of Layoff People. Chinese Science Abstracts, 6(6), 777-779

Conference Presentations:

  1. Chen W, Tong K, Tang, W., Li H,  Ren N and Fu X Fu, X. (2015).Angry expression detriment recognition decision of face memory: a diffusion model analysis. Joural of Vision, 15, 138. doi:10.1167/15.12.138  
  2. Ji, L., Chen, W., Fu, X. (2013). Was "seeing the mean emotion" indeed a high level analysis?  Journal of Vision, 13, 591. doi:10.1167/13.9.591
  3. Fu, Q., Liu, Y.,Chen, W., Fu, X. (2013).The time course of natural scene categorization in human brain: simple line-drawings vs. color photographs.  Journal of Vision, 13, 1060. doi:10.1167/13.9.1060
  4. Chen, W., Ren, D., Fu. X. (2008). Implicit leaing in multiple face tracking. Oral Presented at the 29th Inteational Congress of Psychology, Berlin, Germany, July 19-26, 2008.
  5. Chen, W., Fu X. (2007). The role of spatial frequency in expressive face leaing, the third national conference of brain and cognitive science, Nov 26 - 2 Dec 2007, Jinghong.
  6. Ren, D.N., Chen, W.F., Fu, X.L. (2007). Face identification in mutiple faces tracking. In L.Z. Ma & Y.T.Zhuang (Eds.), Advancing intelligent digital entertainment (pp. 53-56). Shanghai: Shanghai Jiao Tong University Press.
  7. Chen, W., Zhang, J., Fu, X. (2006). Emotional intrusion as implicit measure of Neuroticism: an individual analysis. Poster presented at the 26th Inteational Congress of Applied Psychology, July 16-21, 2006, Athens, Greece.
  8. Chen, W., Zhang, J., Fu, X. (2006). Emotional intrusion in lexical process, the second national conference of brain and cognitive science, Nov 27 - Dec 1, 2006, Guilin.
  9. Chen, W., Zhang, J., Fu, X. The disassociation of susceptivity and reaction to emotional intrusion, Acta Biophisica Sinica, 2005, 21(supp), 70
  10. Chen, W., Zhang, J., Fu, X. (2005). The disassociation of susceptivity and reaction to emotional intrusion, the frst national conference of brain and cognitive science, Nov 28 - Dec 2, 2005, Zhuhai.
  11. Chen, W., Jiao, S. Biased Competition Account of Object-based Attention on Global Precedence. Inteational Journal of psychology, 2004, 39(5/6), 51
  12. Chen, W., Jiao, S. (2004).  Biased Competition Account of Object-based Attention on Global Precedence. Poster Presentation at the 28th Inteational Congress of Psychology, Beijing, China, August 8-13, 2004.
  13. Chen, W., Jiao, S. (2001).  Same Object Effect: Attention in Hirarchical Patte. Oral Presentation at the 9th National Academic Conference of Chinese Psychological Society, Guangzhou, November, 2001.
  14. Xie, X., Chen, W., et al. (2000). What Risks are Chinese People Conceed about? XXVII Inteational Congress of Psychology, Stockholm, Sweden, July 23-28, 2000.
  15. Xie, X., Chen, W. (2000). Discuss on Training Method on Managers' Individual Influence. National Confeece of Industrial Psychology and Cognitive Ergonomics, Hangzhou, China, June, 2000.



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