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Yang Qu

Yang Qu

Assistant Professor, Human Development and Social Policy
Assistant Professor (by courtesy), Department of Psychology
Faculty Associate, Institute for Policy Research


Biography

Yang Qu is a developmental psychologist who takes an interdisciplinary approach that combines developmental psychology, cultural psychology, and neuroscience to examine how sociocultural contexts shape adolescent development. In this vein, he has two lines of research. First, Yang investigates the psychological and neural mechanisms underlying cultural differences in adolescents’ academic, social, and emotional development. Second, he examines how parents influence adolescents’ beliefs and brain, with attention to the implications for adolescents’ learning and psychological adjustment. In both these lines of inquiry, Yang studies children from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds using a variety of methodological approaches, including longitudinal and experimental designs along with survey, observational, and biological (e.g., neuroimaging with fMRI) assessments.

Curriculum Vitae

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Research/Scholarship

Education

Year Degree Institution
2018 Postdoc, Psychology Stanford University
2016 PhD, Psychology University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2013 MS, Statistics University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2010 MA, Psychology New York University
2008 BS, Psychology Fudan University

Selected Publications

Qu, Y., Pomerantz, E. M., McCormick, E. M., & Telzer, E. H. (2018). Youth's conceptions of adolescence predict longitudinal changes in the prefrontal cortex activation and risk taking. Child Development: 89, 773-783.
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Park, B., Qu, Y., Chim, L., Blevins, E., Knutson, B., & Tsai, J. L. (2018). Ventral striatal activity mediates cultural differences in affiliative judgments of smiles. Culture and Brain: 6, 102-117.
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Lin, L., Qu, Y., & Telzer, E. H. (2018). Cultural influences on the neural correlates of intergroup perception. Culture and Brain: 6, 171-187.
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Lee, T., Qu, Y., & Telzer, E. H. (2018). Dyadic neural similarity during stress in mother-child dyads. Journal of Research on Adolescence: 28, 121-133.
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Qu, Y., & Telzer, E. H. (2017). Developmental cultural neuroscience: Progress and prospect. in The Handbook of Culture and Biology (pp. 465-487). Wiley press.
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Lee, T., Qu, Y., & Telzer, E. H. (2017). Love flows downstream: mothers' and children's neural representation similarity in perceiving pain of self and family. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience: 12, 1916-1927.
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Qu, Y., Galvan, A., Fuligni, A. J., Lieberman, M. D., & Telzer, E. H. (2017). A biopsychosocial approach to examine Mexican-American adolescents' academic achievement and substance use. The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences: 4, 84-97.
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McCormick, E. M., Qu, Y., & Telzer, E. H. (2017). Activation in context: Differential conclusions drawn from cross-sectional and longitudinal analyses of adolescents' cognitive control-related neural activity. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience: 11, 141.
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Telzer, E. H., Qu, Y., & Lin, L. (2017). Neural processes underlying cultural differences in cognitive persistence. NeuroImage: 156, 224-231.
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Qu, Y., & Telzer, E. H. (2017). Cultural differences and similarities in beliefs, practices, and neural mechanisms of emotion regulation. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology: 23, 36-44.
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Qu, Y., Fuligni, A. J., Galvan, A., Lieberman, M. D., & Telzer, E. H. (2016). Links between parental depression and longitudinal changes in youths' neural sensitivity to rewards. Social Cognitive Affective Neuroscience: 11, 1262-1271.
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Qu, Y., Pomerantz, E. M., Wang, M., Cheung, C., & Cimpian, A. (2016). Conceptions of adolescence: Implications for differences in engagement in school over early adolescence in the United States and China. Journal of Youth and Adolescence: 45, 1512-1526.
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Qu, Y., Pomerantz, E. M., & Deng, C. (2016). Mothers' goals for adolescents in the United States and China: Content and transmission. Journal of Research on Adolescence: 26, 126-141.
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McCormick, E. M., Qu, Y., & Telzer, E. H. (2016). Adolescent neurodevelopment of cognitive control and risk-taking in negative family contexts. NeuroImage: 124, 989-996.
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Cheung, C. S., Pomerantz, E. M., Qu, Y., & Wang, M. (2016). Controlling and autonomy-supportive parenting in the United States and China: Beyond children's reports. Child Development: 87, 1992-2007.
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Zhang, X., Pomerantz, E. M., Setoh, P., Qu, Y., & Wang, M. (2016). The role of affect in the positive self: Two longitudinal investigations of young adolescents in the United States and China. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: 111, 83-97.
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Qu, Y., Galvan, A., Fuligni, A. J., Lieberman, M. D., & Telzer, E. H. (2015). Longitudinal changes in prefrontal cortex activation underlie declines in adolescent risk taking. Journal of Neuroscience: 35, 11308-11314.
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Qu, Y., Fuligni, A. J., Galvan, A., & Telzer, E. H. (2015). Buffering effect of positive parent-child relationships on adolescent risk taking: A longitudinal neuroimaging investigation. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience: 15, 26-34.
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Telzer, E. H., Ichien, N. I., & Qu, Y. (2015). Mothers know best: Redirecting adolescent reward sensitivity to promote safe behavior during risk taking. Social Cognitive Affective Neuroscience: 10, 1383-1391.
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Telzer, E. H., Ichien, N. I., & Qu, Y. (2015). The ties that bind: Group membership shapes the neural correlates of in-group favoritism. NeuroImage: 115, 42-51.
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Qu, Y., & Pomerantz, E. M. (2014). Divergent school trajectories in early adolescence in the United States and China: An examination of underlying mechanisms. Journal of Youth and Adolescence: 44, 2095-2109.
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Telzer, E. H., Qu, Y., Goldenberg, D., Fuligni, A. J., Galvan, A. & Lieberman, M. D. (2014). Adolescents' emotional competence is associated with parents' neural sensitivity to emotions. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience: 8, 558.
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Pomerantz, E. M., Ng, F. F., Cheung, C. S., & Qu, Y. (2014). How to raise happy children who succeed in school: Lessons from China and the United States. Child Development Perspectives: 8, 71-76.
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Research Interests

Psychological and neural mechanisms underlying cultural differences in adolescents’ academic, social, and emotional development; role of parents in adolescents’ beliefs and brain development, with implications for learning and psychological adjustment.


Last Updated: 2018-10-08 22:22:35