PhD Student

Yi (Melissa) Liu

PhD Student

Room: MF-B557


Before starting my PhD project, I graduated from the Renmin University of China and obtained a Bachelor Degree in Science (2015) and a Master Degree in Pedagogy (2018). During my master’s study, I developed my interests in social neuroscience and prosocial behavior. My master thesis focused on the influence of facial trustworthiness and reputation on trust judgment and explored the moderating effect of emotion during these processes with ERP technique.

PhD project

At the beginning of September 2018, I started with my PhD project “The Influence of Hate on Psychological Functions”. Under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Paul A.M. van Lange and Prof. Dr. Christian Olivers, our project mainly focuses on the exploration of the development and characteristics of interpersonal hate, as well as tests the psychological functions (e.g., trust, stress) when people are under interpersonal hate through both quantitative and qualitative methods. This PhD project is financially supported by the China Scholarship Council (CSC) and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Research Interests

  • Social emotions
  • Prosocial behavior
  • Social Neuroscience