Pei Sun, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Tsinghua University


Education background

1990: B.S. Department of Psychology, Shaanxi Normal University.

1993: M.S. Department of Psychology, Shaanxi Normal University.

1996: Ph.D. Institute of Psychology, the Chinese Academy of Sciences.


1996 -1998: Postdoc Research Fellow. Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

1998 -2002: Assistant and Associate Professor. Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

2002 -2013: Research Scientist. RIKEN Brain Science Institute.


Areas of Research Interests/ Research Projects

Perception and Attention, ADHD, Addiction, Decision Making, fMRI

Academic Achievement

Selected publications
1. Liu Y., Xu J.*, Chen D., Sun P., Ma X. (2019) The association between air pollution and preterm birth and low birth weight in Guangdong, China. BMC Public Health. 2019 Jan 3;19(1):3. doi: 10.1186/s12889-018-6307-7.
2. Zhan, Y., Ren, J., Sun, P., Fan, J., Liu, C., Luo, J.* (2018) The Neural Basis of Fear Promotes Anger and Sadness Counteracts Anger. Neural Plasticity, 2018:3479059. doi:10.1155/2018/3479059.
3. Huang, F., Tang, S., Sun, P., Luo, J.* (2018) Neural correlates of novelty and appropriateness processing in externally induced constraint relaxation. NeuroImage, 172: 381–389. 
4. Wang, F., Sun, J., Sun, P.*, Weidler, B., & Abrams, R.* (2017) Influence of Simple Action on Subsequent Manual and Ocular Responses. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 79:389-395.
5. Wang, H., Ip, C., Fu, S*., & Sun, P.* (2017) Dissociation of Face Emotion and Gender Processing during Feature Selection: Evidence from Event-related Potential Studies. Neuropsychologia, 99: 306-313.
6. Kuriki, I.*, Sun, P., Ueno, K., Tanaka, K., and Cheng, K. (2015) Hue Selectivity in Human Visual Cortex Revealed by Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Cerebral Cortex, 25: 4869-4884.
7. Li, Y.Q.*, Long, J.Y., Huang, B., Yu, T.Y., Wu, W., Liu, Y.J., Liang, C.H., Sun, P.* (2015) Crossmodal Integration Enhances Neural Representation of Task-Relevant Features in Audiovisual Face Perception. Cerebral Cortex, 25: 384-395.
8. Sun, P., Guoi, J.F., Guo, S.C., Chen, J.Y., He, L., Fu, S.M. (2014) BOLD signal change and contrast reversing frequency: an event-related fMRI study in human primary visual cortex. PLOS ONE 6: e99547.
9. Sun, P., Gardner, J. L., Costagli, M., Ueno, K., Waggoner, R. A., Tanaka, K., and Cheng, K. (2013) Demonstration of tuning to stimulus orientation in human visual cortex: a high-resolution fMRI study with a novel continuous and periodic stimulation paradigm. Cerebral Cortex, 23:1618-1629.
10. Sun, P., Ueno, K., Waggoner, R. A., Gardner, J. L., Tanaka, K., and Cheng, K. (2007) A temporal frequency dependent functional architecture in human primary visual cortex revealed by high-resolution fMRI. Nature Neuroscience, 10: 1404-1406.
11. Gardner, J. L., Sun, P., Waggoner, R. A., Ueno K., Tanaka, K., and Cheng, K. (2005) Contrast adaptation and representation in human early visual cortex. Neuron, 47: 607-620.