Project Description

Dr. Zhansheng CHEN

Associate Professor

Prof. LEE Tatia Mei-chun

Office: 6.65

Phone: (852) 3917-2294

Email: chenz@hku

HKU Researcher Page:


Ph.D. Social Psychology, Purdue University, 2008


-Ostracism/social exclusion
-Objectification and sexual objectification
-Self and self-concept
-Helping and prosocial behavior
-Cultural psychology

Chen, Z.
, Poon, K. T., DeWall, C. N., & Jiang, T. (accepted). Life lacks meaning without acceptance: Ostracism triggers suicidal thoughts. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Poon, K. T., Chen, Z., & Wong, W. Y. (accepted). Beliefs in conspiracy theories following ostracism. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

Van Tongeren, D. R., DeWall, C. N., Chen, Z., Sibley, C. G., & Bulbilia J. (accepted). Religious residue: Cross-cultural evidence that religious psychology and behavior persist following deidentification. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Wang, X., & Chen, Z., & Krumhuber, E. G. (accepted). Money: An integrated review and synthesis from a psychological perspective. Review of General Psychology.

Wang, X., Chen, Z., Poon, K. T., & Jiang, T. (accepted). Compensate injustice by making higher moral demands on others than on self. Social Psychological Personality Science.

Jiang, T., & Chen, Z. (2019). Relative deprivation: A mechanism for the ostracism-aggression link. European Journal of Social Psychology. Advance online publication.

Jiang, T., Chen, Z., & Sedikides, C. (2019). Self-concept clarity lays the foundation for self-continuity: The restorative function of autobiographical memory. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Advance online publication.

Poon, K. T., Chen, Z., Teng, F., & Wong, W. Y. (2019). The effect of objectification on aggression. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. Advance online publication.

Social and Cultural Psychology Lab

We are currently working on a large-scale survey examining regional differences in China on a series of psychology outcomes.

Project 1: The psychology of the Chinese people: A large-scale survey.
In addition, we have two projects examining how prosocial behaviors are shaped by individual, interpersonal, and cultural factors.

Project 2: “Objectification decreases prosocial behavior: Mediating roles of self-objectification and relative deprivation” (funded by General Research Fund)

Project 3: Getting at the heart of cross-cultural differences in generosity: Explaining how individual, contextual, and cultural factors shape prosocial behavior (funded by the John Templeton Foundation)


Intern Selection:
Strong work ethics
Academic excellence
Effective communication skills in both English and Chinese

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