Chuansheng Chen

Professor of Psychology & Social Behavior and Education
Ph.D. University of Michigan
(949) 824-4184
4566 Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway



cross-cultural psychology, adolescent development, cognitive neuroscience, genes and behavior

Curriculum Vitae: 

Culture, ethnicity, and adolescent development; the role of non-parental adults in adolescent development; brain imaging of language and mathematical learning; evolution, genes, and behavior.

Web Links of Research Sites

Recent Publications (since 2012)

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2014 and In press

He, Q., Chen, Chuansheng, Dong, Q., Xue, G., Chen, Chunhui, Lu, Z., Bechara, A. (in press). Gray and white matter structures in the midcingulate cortex region contribute to body mass index in Chinese young adults. Brain Structure and Function.

Liu, Q., Dong, Chen, C., & Xue, G. (in press). Neural processes during encoding support durable memory. NeuroImage

Zhu, B., Chen, Chuansheng, Xue, G., Moyzis, R. K., Dong, Q., Chen, Chunhui, Li, J., He, Q., Lei, X., Wang, Y., & Lin, C. (in press). The SEMA5A gene is associated with hippocampal volume, and their interaction is associated with performance on Raven's Progressive Matrices. NeuroImage.

Zhang, M., Li, J., Chen, Chuansheng, Xue, G., Lu, Z., Mei, L., Xue, H., Xue, F., He, Q., Chen, Chunhui, Wei, M., & Dong, Q. (in press). Resting-state functional connectivity and reading abilities in first and second languages. NeuroImage.

Yang, T., Chen, Chuansheng., Zhou, X., Xu, J., Dong, Q., & Chen, Chunhui (in press). Developmental of spatial representation of numbers: A study of the SNARC effect in Chinese children. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.

Luo, X., Li, M., Huang, L., Steinberg, S., Mattheisen, M., Donohoe, G., Shi, Y., Chen, Chuansheng, Yue, W., Alkelai, A., Lerer, B., Li, Z., Yi, Q., Rietschel, M., Cichon, S., Collier, D. A., Tosato, S., Suvisaari, J., Rujescu, D., Golimbet, V., Silagadze, T., Durmishi, N., Milovancevic, M. P., Stefansson, H., Schulze, T. G., Nöthen, M. M. Chen, Chunhui, Zhang, D., Dong, Q., Moyzis, R. K., Sigurdsson, E., Stefansson, K., Hu, F., MooDS SCZ Consortium, & Gan, L. (in press). Convergent lines of evidence support CAMKK2 as a schizophrenia susceptibility gene. Molecular Psychiatry.

Chen, Chuansheng, Moyzis, R.K., Lei, X., Chen, Chunhui, & Dong,Q. (in press). The “encultured” genome: Molecular evidence for recent divergent evolution in human neurotransmitter genes. In J. Chiao, Li, S., Seligman, R., & Turner, R. (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Cultural Neuroscience. New York: Oxford University Press.

Lei, X., Chen, Chuansheng, Xue, F., He, Q., Chen, Chunhui, Liu, Q., Moyzis, R. K., Xue, G., Li, J., Li, H., Zhu, B., Cao, Z., Liu, Y., Hsu, A. S., Li, J., & Dong, Q. (in press). Fiber connectivity between the striatum and cortical and subcortical regions is associated with temperaments in Chinese males. NeuroImage.

Cui, J., Yu, X., Yang, H., Chen, C., Liang, P., & Zhou, X. (in press). Neural correlates of quantity processing of numerical classifiers. Neuropsychology

Xue, G., Chen, C., Mei, L., Lu, Z., & Dong. Q. (in press). The cognitive neuroscience of learning to read. In Lou, Y. & Lu, Z. (Eds.). Cognitive Neuroscience.

Ying, L., Lin, C., Wu, X., Chen, C., Greenberger, E., & An, Y. (in press). Trauma severity and control beliefs as predictors of posttraumatic growth among adolescent survivors of the Wenchuan earthquake. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. doi:10.1037/a0031964



Zhu, B., Chen, C., Loftus, E. F., Moyzis, R. K., Dong, Q., & Lin, C. (2013). True but not false memories are associated with the HTR2A gene. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 106, 204-209.

He, Q., Xue, G., Chen, Chunhui, Chen, Chuansheng, Lu, Z., & Dong, Q. (2013). Decoding the neuroanatomical basis of reading ability: A multivoxel morphametric study. Journal of Neuroscience, 33, 12835-12843.

Xu, X., Chen, C., Pan, M., & Li, N. (2013). Development of numerical estimation in Chinese preschool children. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 116, 351-366.

Zhu, B., Chen, C., Loftus, E., Lin, C., & Dong, Q. (2013). The relationship between DRM and misinformation false memories. Memory and Cognition, 41, 832-838. Doi: 10.3758/s13421-013-0300-2.

Zhu, B., Chen, Chuansheng, Moyzis, R., K., Lin, C., Dong, Q., He, Q., Chen, Chunhui, & Li, J. (2013). Interaction effects of 5-HTTLPR, gender, and family socioeconomic status on facial expression recognition in Chinese college students. Psychological Development and Education (in Chinese), 2,  131-138.

Wang, Y., Li, J., Chen, Chuansheng, Chen, Chunhui, Zhu, B., Moyzis, R., Lei, X., Li, H., Liu, Q., Xiu, D., Liu, B., Chen, W., Xue, G., & Dong, Q. (2013). COMT rs4680 Met is not always the “smart allele”: Val allele is associated with better working memory and larger hippocampal volume in healthy Chinese. Genes, Brain and Behavior, 12, 323-329. doi: 10.1111/gbb.12022

Ying, L., Wu, X., Lin, C., & Chen, C. (2013). Prevalence and predictors of posttraumatic stress disorder and depressive symptoms among child survivors 1 year following the Wenchuan earthquake in China. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 22, 567-575. Doi: 10.1007/s00787-013-0400-3.

Gu, H., Liu, Cui., Liu, Chuanxin, Chen, M., Zhang, Q., Zhai, J., Wang, K., Ji, F., Xu, Z., Sheng, Q., Bao, X., Chen, X., Li, J., Dong, Q., & Chen, C. (2013). The combined effects of the 5-HTTLPR and HTR1A rs6295 polymorphisms modulate decision making in schizophrenia patients. Genes, Brain and Behavior, 12, 133-139.  doi: 10.1111/j.1601-183X.2012.00866.x

Chen, Chuansheng, Chen, Chunhui, Moyzis, R., He, Q., Lei, X., Li, J., Zhu, B., Xue, G., & Dong, Q. (2013). Genotypes over-represented among college students are linked to better cognitive abilities and socioemotional adjustment. Culture and Brain, 1, 47-63. DOI 10.1007/s40167-013-0003-3

Mei, L., Xue, G., Lu, Z., He, Q., Zhang, M., Xue, F., Chen, C., & Dong, Q. (2013). Orthographic transparency modulates the functional asymmetry in the fusiform cortex: An artificial language training study. Brain and Language, 125, 165-172. DOI: 10.1016/j.bandl.2012.01.006

Chen, Chunhui, Chen, W., Chen, Chuansheng, Moyzis, R., He, Q., Lei, X., Li, J., Wang, Y., Liu, B., Xiu, D., Zhu, B., & Dong, Q. (2013). Genetic variations in the serotonergic system contribute to body-mass index in Chinese adolescents. PloS ONE, 8, e58717. Doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0058717.

Zhu, B., Chen, Chuansheng, Moyzis, R., K., Dong, Q., Chen, Chunhui, He, Q., Li, Ji, Li, Jun, Lei, X., & Lin, C. (2013). The DOPA decarboxylase (DDC) gene is associated with alerting attention. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry, 43, 140-145. Doi: id.1076/j.mpbp2012.12.020.

Zhang, M., Li, J., Chen, Chuansheng, Mei, L., Xue, G., Lu, Z., Chen, Chunhui, He, Q., Wei, M., & Dong, Q. (2013). The contribution of the left mid-fusiform cortical thickness to Chinese and English reading in a large Chinese sample. NeuroImage, 65, 250-256. Doi:

Grady, D., Thanos, P., Corrada, M., Barnett, J., Ciobanu, V., Shustarovich, D., Napoli, A., Grandy, D., Moyzis, A., Rubinstein, M., Wang, G.-J., Kawas, C., Chen, C., Dong, Q., Wang, E., Volkow, N., & Moyzis, R. (2013). DRD4 genotype predicts longevity in mouse and human. Journal of Neuroscience, 33, 286-291. DOI:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3515-12.2013

Li, J., Chen, Chuansheng, Lei, X., Wang, Y., Chen, Chunhui, He, Q., Moyzis, R.K., Xue, G., Zhu, B. Cao, Z., & Dong, Q. (2013). The NTSR1 gene modulates the association between hippocampal structure and working memory performance. NeuroImage, 75, 79-86.

Xue, G., Dong, Q., Chen, C., Lu, Z., Mumford, J., & Poldrack, R. (2013). Complementary role of frontoparietal activity and cortical pattern similarity in successful episodic memory encoding. Cerebral Cortex, 23, 1562-1571. DOI: 10.1093/cercor/bhs143



Zhao, H., Chen, Chuansheng, Zhang, H., Zhou, X., Mei, L., Chen, Chunhui, Chen, L., Cao, Z., & Dong, Q. (2012). Is order the defining feature of magnitude representation? An ERP study on learning numerical magnitude and spatial order of artificial symbols. PloS ONE, 7, e49565. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0049565

Zhu, X., Gu, H., Liu, Z., Xu, Z., Chen, X., Sun, X., Zhai, J., Zhang, Q., Chen, M., Wang, K., Deng, X., Ji, F., Liu, C., Li, J., Dong, Q., Chen, C. (2012) Association between TCF4 gene polymorphism and cognitive functions in schizophrenia patients and healthy controls. Neuropsychopharmacology. DOI: 10.1038/npp.2012.234

Xue, G., He, Q., Lei, X., Chen, Chunhui, Liu, Y., Chen, Chuansheng, Lu, Z., Dong, Q., & Bechara, A. (2012). The gambler’s fallacy is associated with weak affective decision making but strong cognitive ability. PloS ONE, 7(10): e47019. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0047019

Liu, C., Lu, K., Yu, G., & Chen, C. (2012). Implicit association between authentic pride and prestige compared to hubristic pride and dominance. Psychological Reports, 111, 424-442. DOI: 10.2466/07.09.17.PRO.111.5.424-442.

He, Q., Xue, G., Chen, Chuansheng, Lu, Z., Chen, Chunhui, Lei, X., Liu, Y., Li, J., Zhu, B., Moyzis, R. K., Dong, Q., & Bechara, A. (2012). COMT Val158Met polymorphism interacts with stressful life events and parental warmth to influence decision making. Scientific Reports, 2(677). DOI: 10.1038/srep00677

Wei, W., Chen, C., & Zhou, X. (2012). Dissociated neural correlates of quantity processing of quantifiers, numbers, and numerosities. Human Brain Mapping. DOI: 10.1002/hbm.22190

Chen, M., Xu, Z., Zhai, J., Bao, X., Zhang, Q., Gu, H., Shen, Q., Cheng, L., Chen, X., Wang, K., Deng, X., Ji, F., Liou, C., Li, J., Dong, Q., Chen, C. (2012). Evidence of IQ-modulated association between ZNF804A gene polymorphism and cognitive function in schizophrenia patients. Neuropsychopharmacology, 37, 1572-1578. DOI: 10.1038/npp.2012.1

Lu, C., Chen, C., Peng, D., You, W., Zhang, X., Ding, G., Deng, X., Yan, Q., & Howell, P. (2012). Neural anomaly and reorganization in speakers who stutter: a short-term intervention study. Neurology, 79(7), 625-632. DOI: 10.1212/WNL.0b013e31826356d2

Lam, B. T., Chen, C., & Greenberger, E. (2012). The important roles of non-parental adults in Vietnamese-American adolescents’ cultural and socioemotional development. Journal of Social Work in Mental Health, 10(4), 343-366. DOI: 10.1080/15332985.2012.670082

Lei, X., Chen, Chuansheng, He, Q., Moyzis, R., Xue, G., Chen, Chunhui, Cao, Z., Li, Jin, Li, H., Zhu, B., Zhang, M., Li, Jun, & Dong. Q. (2012). Haplotype polymorphism in the alpha-2b-adrenergic receptor gene influences response inhibition in a large Chinese sample. Neuropsychopharmacology, 37, 1115-1121. DOI: 10.1038/npp.2011.266

Davis, E. L., Greenberger, E., Charles, S. T., & Chen, C. (2012). Emotion experience and regulation in China and the United States: How do culture and gender shape emotion responding? International Journal of Psychology, 47(3), 230-239. DOI: 10.1080/00207594.2011.626043

Lessard, J., Greenberger, E., & Chen, C. (2012). Sense of entitlement. In Levesque, R. J. R. (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Adolescence (pp. 2606-2612). New York: Springer

Lei, X., Chen, Chuansheng, He, Q., Chen, Chunhui, Moyzis, R.K., Xue, G., Chen, X., Cao, Z., Li, Jin, Li, H., Zhu, B., Hsu, A.S.C., Li, S., Li, J., & Dong, Q. (2012). Sex determines which section of the SLC6A4 gene is linked to obsessive-compulsive symptoms in normal Chinese college students. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 46, 1153-1160. DOI: 10.1016/j.jpsychires.2012.05.002

Shane, J., Heckhausen, J., Lessard, J., Chen, C., & Greenberger, E. (2012). Career-related goal pursuit among post-high school youth: relations between personal control beliefs and control strivings. Motivation and Emotion, 36, 159-169. DOI: 10.1007/s1103/-011.9245-6

Heckhausen, J., Chang, E., Greenberger, E., & Chen, C. (2012). Striving for educational and career goals during the transition after high school: What is beneficial? Journal of Youth and Adolescence. DOI: 10.1007/s10964-012-9812-5.

Zhu, B., Chen, Chuansheng, Moyzis, R.K., Dong, Q., Chen, Chunhui, He, Q., Li, J., Lei, X., & Lin, C. (2012). Association between the HTR2B gene and the personality trait of fun seeking. Personality and Individual Differences, 53, 1029-1033. DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2012.07.026.

Wei, W., Lu, H., Zhao, H., Chen, C., Dong, Q., & Zhou, X. (2012). Gender differences in children’s arithmetic performance are accounted for by gender differences in language abilities. Psychological Science, 23, 320-330. DOI: 10.1177/0956797611427168

Zhang, H., Chen, C., & Zhou, X. (2012). Neural correlates of numbers and mathematical terms. NeuroImage, 60, 230-240. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2011.12.006.

Zhu, B., Chen, Chuansheng, Loftus, E., He, Q., Chen, Chunhui, Lei, X., Lin, C., & Dong, Q. (2012). Brief exposure to misinformation can lead to long-term false memories. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 26, 301-307. DOI: 10.1002/acp.1825..

Wei, W., Yuan, H., Chen, C., & Zhou, X. (2012). Cognitive correlates of performance in advanced mathematics. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 82, 157-181. DOI:10.1111/j.2044-8279.2011.02049.x

Zhou, F., Zhao, Q., Chen, C., & Zhou, X. (2012). Mental representations of arithmetic facts: evidence from eye movement recordings supports the preferred operand-order-specific representation hypothesis. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 65(4), 661-674. DOI: 10.1080/17470218.2011.616213.

Zhai, J., Cheng, L., Zhang, Q., Shen, Q., Chen, M., Chen, X., Wang, K., Deng, X., Xu, Z., Ji, F., Liu, C., Li, J., Dong, Q., & Chen, C. (2012). S100B gene polymorphisms predict prefrontal spatial function in both schizophrenia patients and healthy individuals. Schizophrenia Research, 134, 89-94. DOI: 10.1016/j.schres.2011.09.029

Zhang, Q., Shen, Q., Xu, Z., Chen, M., Cheng, L., Zhai, J., Gu, H., Bao, X., Chen, X., Wang, K., Deng, X., Ji, F., Liu, C., Li, J., Dong, Q., & Chen, C. (2012). The effects of CACNA1C gene polymorphism on spatial working memory in both healthy controls and patients with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Neuropsychopharmacology, 37, 677-684. DOI: 10.1038/npp.2011.242

Zhu, B., Chen, Chuansheng, Moyzis, R.K., Dong,Q., Chen, C., He, Q., Stern, H.S., Li, H., Li, Jin, Li, Jun, Lessard, J., & Lin, C. (2012). Genetic variations in the dopamine system and facial expression recognition in healthy Chinese college students. Neuropsychobiology, 65, 83-89. DOI: 10.1159/000329555