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  • E-mailMengyun.Wang@uib.no
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    Jonas Lies vei 91
    5009 Bergen
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    Postboks 7807
    5020 Bergen

I am interested in understanding the underlying complicity of the human brain, with a background in psychology specifically in cognitive neuroscience. My research utilizes various neuroimaging methods, including EEG, fNIRS (functional near-infrared spectroscopy), and fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging). Here are some projects in which I have been involved:

Project 4: The Intra-sub Reliability of MRI Measurements on Human Brains
Goals: This project aims to assess the intra-subject reliability of MRI measurements. Prior studies, limited by only a few data points per subject, have failed to accurately chart the precision of MRI measurements for individuals. To address this limitation and achieve our objective, we acquired the Bergen Breakfast Scanning Club (BBSC) deep brain imaging dataset, involving repeated scans of three subjects over a one-year period. Our focus is to examine the reliability of MRI measurements within each subject using this dataset. 

Related work:
Wang, M-Y., Korbmacher, M., Eikeland R., Craven A. R., Specht K. (2023). The intra-individual reliability of 1H-MRS measurement in the anterior cingulate cortex across one year. Human Brain Mapping, (https://doi.org/10.1002/hbm.26531)

Wang, M-Y., Korbmacher, M., Eikeland R., Specht K. (2023). The Bergen Breakfast Scanning Club dataset: a deep brain imaging dataset. bioRxiv, 2023.05.30.542072. doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2023.05.30.542072

Wang, M-Y., Korbmacher, M., Eikeland R., Specht K. (2022). Deep brain imaging of three participants across 1 year: The Bergen breakfast scanning club project. Frontiers in human neuroscience, 16, 1021503.

 

Project 3: Naturalistic Neuroimaging
This project aims to investigate brain activations in realistic or lifelike settings, as opposed to controlled laboratory environments. To achieve this, we employ naturalistic stimuli (such as dynamic faces, movies) and naturalistic settings (such as hyperscanning, where multiple subjects interact while their brain activity is simultaneously recorded).
Related work:
Wang, M-Y., & Yuan, Z.* (2021). EEG Decoding of Dynamic Facial Expressions of Emotion: Evidence from SSVEP and Causal Cortical Network Dynamics. Neuroscience, 459, 50-58.

Wang, M-Y., Luan, P., Zhang, J., Xiang, Y. T., Niu, H., & Yuan, Z.* (2018). Concurrent mapping of brain activation from multiple subjects during social interaction by hyperscanning: a mini-review. Quantitative Imaging in Medicine and Surgery, 8(8), 819-837.

Wang, M-Y./He, Y. (co-first), Li, D., & Yuan, Z. (2017). Optical mapping of brain activity underlying translation asymmetry during Chinese/English sight translation. Biomedical Optics Express, 8(12), 5399-5411.

 

Project 2: Applications of fNIRS in Cognitive Neuroscience
While EEG and fMRI have been widely used in cognitive neuroscience, the application of fNIRS in this field is still in its early stages. Therefore, we seek to explore the potential of fNIRS in addressing inquiries in cognitive neuroscience.
Related work:
 

Wang, M-Y., Yuan, A., Zhang, J., Xiang, Y., & Yuan, Z.* (2020). fNIRS can detect low-frequency hemodynamic oscillations in the prefrontal cortex during SSVEP-inducing periodic facial expression stimuli presentation. Visual Computing for Industry, Biomedicine, and Art, 3(1), 1-8.

Wang, M-Y., Lu, F. M., Hu, Z., Zhang, J., & Yuan, Z.* (2018). Optical mapping of prefrontal brain connectivity and activation during emotion anticipation. Behavioural Brain Research, 350, 122-128.

Wang, M-Y., Zhang, J., Lu, F. M., Xiang, Y. T., & Yuan, Z.* (2018). Neuroticism and conscientiousness respectively positively and negatively correlated with the network characteristic path length in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex: A resting‐state fNIRS study. Brain and Behavior, e01074.

 

 

Project 1: Cognitive Deficit in OCD Patients
In this project, we investigated the cognitive deficits present in individuals with OCD or subclinical OCD symptoms. Our findings indicate that OCD patients exhibit excessive avoidance of OCD-related stimuli, providing experimental evidence for the efficacy of exposure therapy in treating OCD.
Related work:
Wang, M-Y./Zhang, Z-M. (co-first), Guo X., Miao, X., Zhang, T., Gao, D., & Yuan, Z.* (2017). Attentional avoidance of threats in obsessive-compulsive disorder: an event-related potential study. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 97, 96-104.

Wang, M-Y./Zhang, Z-M. (co-first), Miao, X., Li, Y., Hitchman, G., & Yuan, Z.* (2017). Individuals with high obsessive-compulsive tendencies or undermined confidence rely more on external proxies to access their internal states. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 54, 263-269.

Want to know how hard and expensive it is to get a Norwegian driving license? Check out this newspaper article I wrote in Bergens Tidende, hope you can get some useful tips from my experience:

Wang, M.-Y., Dette lærte jeg da jeg strøk på førerprøven. Bergens Tidende, 14. august 2022

2023               IGSIN911 23H / Functional Neuroimaging, IBMP, UiB, Norway

2023               PSYK250 23V Bacheloroppgåve i generell psykologi, UiB, Norway

2022               IGSIN911 22H / Functional Neuroimaging, IBMP, UiB, Norway

2019               HSCI3000 Cognitive Neuroscience, Faculty of Health Sciences, UM, Macau

 

2022-23         I have completed the Program for University Pedagogy (UPED600, UPED601, UPED602; UPED652, UPED675, UPED683, UPED691), UiB

                     

  • Show author(s) (2023). The intra-individual reliability of <sup>1</sup>H-MRS measurement in the anterior cingulate cortex across 1 year. Human Brain Mapping. 10 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Considerations on brain age predictions from repeatedly sampled data across time. Brain and Behavior.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Reduced neural responses to reward reflect anhedonia and inattention: an ERP study. Scientific Reports. 1-10.
  • Show author(s) (2022). How the brain encodes morphological constraints during Chinese word reading: An EEG-fNIRS study. Cortex. 184-196.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Deep brain imaging of three participants across 1 year: The Bergen breakfast scanning club project. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.
  • Show author(s) (2021). The neural dynamics associated with lexicality effect in reading single Chinese words, pseudo-words and non-words. Cognitive Neurodynamics.
  • Show author(s) (2021). EEG Decoding of Dynamic Facial Expressions of Emotion: Evidence from SSVEP and Causal Cortical Network Dynamics. Neuroscience.
  • Show author(s) (2020). More than just statics: Abnormal dynamic amplitude of low-frequency fluctuation in adolescent patients with pure conduct disorder. Journal of Psychiatric Research.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Functional near-infrared spectroscopy can detect low-frequency hemodynamic oscillations in the prefrontal cortex during steady-state visual evoked potential-inducing periodic facial expression stimuli presentation. Visual Computing for Industry, Biomedicine, and Art.
  • Show author(s) (2019). A novel phase analysis method for examining fNIRS neuroimaging data associated with Chinese/English sight translation. Behavioural Brain Research.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Optical mapping of prefrontal brain connectivity and activation during emotion anticipation. Behavioural Brain Research.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Neuroticism and conscientiousness respectively positively and negatively correlated with the network characteristic path length in dorsal lateral prefrontal cortex: A resting-state fNIRS study. Brain and Behavior.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Concurrent mapping of brain activation from multiple subjects during social interaction by hyperscanning: a mini-review. Quantitative Imaging in Medicine and Surgery (QIMS).
  • Show author(s) (2017). Optical mapping of brain activation during the English to Chinese and Chinese to English sight translation. Biomedical Optics Express.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Individuals with high obsessive-compulsive tendencies or undermined confidence rely more on external proxies to access their internal states. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Attentional avoidance of threats in obsessive compulsive disorder: An event related potential study. Behaviour Research and Therapy.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

Right now, I am analyzing the dataset we collected for the BBSC project:

Project 4: The Intra-sub Reliability of MRI Measurements on Human Brains
Goals: This project aims to assess the intra-subject reliability of MRI measurements. Prior studies, limited by only a few data points per subject, have failed to accurately chart the precision of MRI measurements for individuals. To address this limitation and achieve our objective, we acquired the Bergen Breakfast Scanning Club (BBSC) deep brain imaging dataset, involving repeated scans of three subjects over a one-year period. Our focus is to examine the reliability of MRI measurements within each subject using this dataset. 

Wang, M-Y., Korbmacher, M., Eikeland R., Craven A. R., Specht K. (in press). The intra-individual reliability of 1H-MRS measurement in the anterior cingulate cortex across one year. Human Brain Mapping, (https://doi.org/10.1002/hbm.26531)

Wang, M-Y., Korbmacher, M., Eikeland R., Specht K. (2023). The Bergen Breakfast Scanning Club dataset: a deep brain imaging dataset. bioRxiv, 2023.05.30.542072. doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2023.05.30.542072

Wang, M-Y., Korbmacher, M., Eikeland R., Specht K. (2022). Deep brain imaging of three participants across 1 year: The Bergen breakfast scanning club project. Frontiers in human neuroscience, 16, 1021503.

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