Dr. Kesong Hu is an assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience at DePauw University, Greencastle, IN, USA. He has been a Post doc researcher at Cornell University, Ithaca with Drs. Adam Anderson, Eve DeRosa, and previously at the University of Maryland, College Park with Dr. Luiz Pessoa. He received his Ph.D from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and did the PhD thesis with Dr. Arthur Samuel at StonyBrook University, NY. Before that, He obtained his B.A. in education and psychology at Beijing normal University, and graduate training in cognitive psychology at Beijing/Peking University (M.S.).
As a cognitive neuroscientist, his scholarship is grounded in theories and methods established in the fields of cognitive psychology, neuroscience, and computational modeling. He uses behavioral and neuroimaging (e.g., fMRI and EEG) approaches to study the integration and interaction of emotion (induced, for instance, by cash reward or mild electric shock) and cognition (perception, attention, executive function), with an emphasis of the role of the emotions in all human faculties, from the very first stage of perception to higher order decision making and thought. Some of my research questions are: 1) How people do visual search? 2) Are emotions basic? 3) How do the acquired emotions influence people's decision making? 4) How do the emotion and motivation interact?.