Yanbo Hu

Dr Yanbo Hu is a senior lecturer in the psychology department at London Metropolitan University. Her research background is in cognitive neuroscience and she has worked on various interesting projects – occupational satisfaction, working memory, saccade processing, decision making amongst internet gaming addicts, emotion regulation with various technologies – from conducting an interview, constructing her own questionnaire to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), eye-tracker and psychophysiological tests.

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Yanbo Hu

Dr Yanbo Hu graduated with a BSc (first-class honours) in Psychology from Liaoning Normal University in China. She followed her passion for the brain and graduated with an MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of York, UK and went on to gain a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience in Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. Yanbo is also an Associate Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Dr Yanbo teaches on the following courses and modules: 


  • Biological Psychology
  • Clinical Neuroscience

Research interests include: 

  • Internet gaming addiction
  • Decision making
  • Decision making and gambler
  • The functionality of cerebellum
  • Internet searching and memory
  • Neuromarketing
  • Gaming
  • Neuroeconomics and behavioural economics
  • Emotion regulation and decision making


Journal articles

  • H Zheng, Y Hu, Z Wang, M Wang, X Du, G Dong Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry, 109656 Meta-analyses of the functional neural alterations in subjects with Internet gaming disorder: Similarities and differences across different paradigms
  • M Wang, Y Hu, Z Wang, X Du, G Dong Neuroscience letters 698, 44-50 Sex difference in the effect of Internet gaming disorder on the brain functions: Evidence from resting-state fMRI
  • Wang, Z., Liu, X., Hu, Y., Zheng, H., Du, X., Dong, G. (2018). Altered brain functional networks in Internet gaming disorder: Independent component and graph theoretical analysis under a probability-discounting task. CNS Spectrums
  • Wang, Z., Wu, L., Yuan, K., Hu, Y., Zheng, H., Du, X., & Dong, G. (2018). Cortical thickness and volume abnormalities in internet gaming disorder: Evidence from a comparison of recreational internet game users. European Journal of Neuroscience. 8
  • Liu, X, Lin, X, Zheng, M, Hu, Y, Wang, Y, Wang, L, Du, X and Dong, G (2018). Internet Search Alters Intra- and Inter-regional Synchronization in the Temporal Gyrus. Frontiers in Psychology. 9:260
  • Wang, Y, Hu, Y, Zhou, H, Xu, J, Lin, X, Du, X, Dong, G (2017) Dysfunctional prefrontal function is associated with impulsivity in people with internet gaming disorder during a delay discounting task. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 8: article 287. Doi: 10.3389/fpsy.2017.00287
  • Dong, G, Lin, X, Hu, Y, Xie, C and Du, X (2015). Imbalanced functional link between executive control network and reward network explain online-game seeking behaviours in internet gaming disorder. Science Report, 5:9197.
  • Dong, G, Zhou, H, Lin, X, Hu, Y, and Lu, Q (2014). Why the processing of repeated targets is better than that of no repetition: evidence from easy-to-difficult and difficult-to-easy switching situations. Behavioural and Brain Functions.
  • Dong, G*, Hu, Y* (equal contribution), Lin X, and Lu, Q (2013). What makes Internet addicts continue playing online even when faced by severe negative consequences? Possible explanations from an fMRI study. Biol Psychol. 2013 Aug 6, 282-289.
  • Dong, G*, Hu, Y* (equal contribution), Lin, X, and Du, X (2013). Reward/punishment sensitivities among internet addicts: Implications for their addictive behaviours. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry. 46, 139-145.
  • Dong, G, Lin X, Hu, Y, Lu, Q (2013). Brain Activity in Advantageous and Disadvantageous Situations: Implications for Reward/Punishment Sensitivity in Different Situations.
  • Hu, Y and Walker, R (2011). The neural basis of parallel saccade programming: a functional imaging (fMRI) study. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 23, 3669-3680.
  • Dong, G, Hu, Y, Wu, H (2010). The presentation order of cue and target matters in deception study. Behavioural and Brain Functions, 6:63.
  • Dong G, Hu Y and Zhou H (2010). Event-related potential measures of the intending process: Time course and related ERP components. Behavioural and Brain Functions. 6,15.
  • Dong, G, Yang, L, Hu Y, and Jiang Y (2009). Is N2 associated with successful suppression of behaviour responses in impulse control processes? NeuroReport, 20: 537-542.

Conference proceedings

Poster presentations

  • Hu, Y and Walker, R (2018) The investigation of saccade parallel programming using a novel double-step paradigm. Organization for Human Brain Mapping.
  • Hu, Y, Robin Walker and Andy Smith (2008). “An investigation of brain mechanisms underlying parallel programming of saccade sequences”. The 16th Annual Cognitive Neuroscience Society Meeting
  • Hu, Y, Puzzo, I, Henne, T, Johnstone, T (2013). An emerging member of the neuronal network of emotion regulation: The Cerebellum. Society for Neuroscience. San Diego.
  • Hu, Y, Puzzo, I, Henne, T, Johnstone, T (2013). “The neuronal mechanisms underlying both Instructed and Spontaneous emotion regulation” The 20 th Annual Cognitive Neuroscience Society Meeting. San Francisco.
  • Puzzo, I, Henne, B, Hu, Y, Johnstone, T (2013). “The effect of fMRI-guided continuous Theta Burst Stimulation (cTBS) on the spontaneous regulation of emotion”.
  • Henne, T, Puzzo, I, Hu, Y, Johnstone, T (2013). “Physiological Effects of Theta burst Stimulation on Instructed and Spontaneous emotion regulation”.

Symposium presentation

Robin Walker, Andy Smith and Yanbo Hu (2009). “The neural basis of the parallel programming of saccades: An fMRI study.” The 15th European Conference on Eye Movement, 2009, Southampton. (Presenter Yanbo Hu).


Dr Yanbo Hu is available for PhD student supervision, examiner and business consultancy.

Dr Yanbo Hu
Senior Lecturer in Psychology
E: y.hu@londonmet.ac.uk