Publications and presentations

Peer-reviewed journal publications

28. Gupta, A. R., Westphal, A., Yang, D. Y.-J., Sullivan, C. A. W., Eilbott, J., Zaidi, S., Voos, A., Vander Wyk, B. C., Ventola, P., Waqar, Z., Fernandez, T. V., Ercan-Sencicek, A. G., Walker, M. F., Choi, M., Schneider, A., Hedderly, T., Baird, G., Friedman, H., Cordeaux, C., Ristow, A., Shic, F., Volkmar, F. R., & Pelphrey, K. A. (2017). Neurogenetic analysis of childhood disintegrative disorder. Molecular Autism, 8(19). (

27. Yang, D. Y.-J., Allen, T., Abdullahi, S. M., Pelphrey, K. A., Volkmar, F. R., & Chapman, S. B. (2017). Brain responses to biological motion predict treatment outcome in young adults with autism receiving Virtual Reality Social Cognition Training: Preliminary findings. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 93, 55-66.

26. Yang, D. Y.-J., Sukhodolsky, D. G., Lei, J., Dayan, E., Pelphrey, K. A., & Ventola, P. (in press) Distinct neural bases of disruptive behavior and autism symptom severity in boys with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders. (

25. Yang, D. Y.-J., Pelphrey, K. A., Sukhodolsky, D. G., Crowley, M. J., Dayan, E., Dvornek, N., Venkataraman, A., Duncan, J., Staib, L., & Ventola, P. (2016). Brain responses to biological motion predict treatment outcome in young children with autism. Translational Psychiatry, 6, e948. DOI: 10.1038/tp.2016.213. PMID: 27845779 ( (covered in the news such as MedScape) (

24. Venkataraman, A., Yang, D. Y.-J., Dvornek, N., Staib, L. H., Duncan, J. S., Pelphrey, K. A., & Ventola, P. (2016). Pivotal Response Treatment prompts a functional rewiring of the brain among individuals with autism spectrum disorder. NeuroReport, 27(14), 1081-5. PMID: 27532879 (

23. Yang, D. Y.-J., Chen, X., Xu, J., Preston, J. L., & Chiu, C.-y. (2016). Cultural symbolism and spatial separation: Some ways to deactivate exclusionary responses to culture mixing. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology.

22. Huynh, A. C., Yang, D. Y.-J., & Grossmann, I. (2016). The value of prospective reasoning for close relationships. Social Psychological & Personality Science. DOI: 10.1177/1948550616660591

21. Ventola, P. E., Yang, D. Y.-J., Abdullahi, S. M., Paisley, C. A., Braconnier, M. L., & Sukhodolsky, D. G. (2016). Brief report: Reduced restricted and repetitive behaviors after pivotal response treatment. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 46, 2813-2820. PMID: 27230762 (

20. Chen, X., Leung, A. K.-y., Yang, D. Y.-J., Chiu, C.-y., Li, Z., & Cheng, S. Y.-Y. (2016). Cultural threats in culturally mixed encounters hamper creative performance for individuals with lower openness to experience. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology.

19. Kung, F. Y.-H., Kim, Y.-H., Yang, D. Y.-J., & Cheng, S. Y.-Y. (2016). The role of regulatory fit in framing effective negative feedback across cultures. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 47(5), 696-712, DOI: 10.1177/0022022116638172

18. Yang, D. Y.-J., Beam, D, Pelphrey, K. A., Abdullahi, S., & Jou, R. J. (2016). Cortical morphological markers in children with autism: a structural magnetic resonance imaging study of thickness, area, volume, and gyrification. Molecular Autism, 7(11), 1-14. PMID: 26816612 (

17. Venkataraman, A., Yang, D. Y.-J., Pelphrey, K. A., & Duncan, J. S. (2016). Bayesian community detection in the space of group-level functional differences. IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging. PMID: 26955022 (

16. Kaiser, M., Yang, D. Y.-J., Voos, A., Bennett, R., Gordon, I., Pretzsch, C., ..., Pelphrey, K. A. (2015). Brain mechanisms for processing affective (and non-affective) touch are atypical in autism. Cerebral Cortex. PMID: 26048952 (

15. Venkataraman, A., Duncan, J. S., Yang, D. Y.-J., & Pelphrey, K. A. (2015). An unbiased Bayesian approach to functional connectomics implicates social-communication networks in autism. NeuroImage: Clinical. (

14. Yang, D. Y.-J., Rosenblau, G., Keifer, C., & Pelphrey, K. A. (2015). An integrative neural model of social perception, action observation, and theory of mind. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 51, 263-275. PMID: 25660957 (

13. Ventola, P., Yang, D. Y.-J., Friedman, H. E., Oosting, D., Wolf, J., & Pelphrey, K. A. (2015). Heterogeneity of neural mechanisms of response to Pivotal Response Treatment. Brain Imaging and Behavior, 9(1), 74-88. PMID: 25370452 (

12. Pelphrey, K. A., Yang, D. Y.-J., & McPartland, J. (2014). Building a social neuroscience of autism spectrum disorder. Current Topics in Behavioral Neuroscience, 16, 215-233. PMID: 24481546 (

11. Yang, D. Y.-J., & Baillargeon, R. (2013). Brief report: Difficulty in understanding social acting (but not false beliefs) mediates the link between autistic traits and ingroup relationships. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 43(9), 2199-2206. PMID: 23334807 (

10. Yang, D. Y.-J., Preston, J. L., & Hernandez, I. (2013). Polarized attitudes toward the Ground Zero Mosque are reduced by high-level construal. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 4(2), 244-250. (Media coverage: Psych Central, Science Daily, Forbes) 

9. Yang, D. Y.-J., Chiu, C-y., Chen, X., Cheng, S. Y. Y., Kwan, L. Y-Y., Tam, K-P., & Yeh, K-H. (2011). Lay psychology of globalization and its social impact. Journal of Social Issues, 67(4), 677-695.

8. Yang, Y.-J., & Hong, Y-y. (2010). Implicit theories of the world and implicit theories of the self as moderators of self-stereotyping. Social Cognition, 28(2), 251-261.

7. Jenkins, L. J., Yang, Y.-J., Goh, J., Hong, Y-y., & Park, D. C. (2010). Cultural differences in the lateral occipital complex while viewing incongruent scenes. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 5(2-3), 236-241.

6. Hong, Y-y., Chao, M. M., Yang, Y.-J., & Rosner, J. L. (2010). A socially grounded approach to test theories in psychology: Experiences from conducting social identity research. Acta Psychologica Sinica, 42(1), 1-15.

5. Yang, Y.-J., & Chiu, C-y. (2009). Mapping the structure and dynamics of psychological knowledge: Forty years of APA journal citations (1970-2009). Review of General Psychology, 13(4), 349-356.

4. Yeh, K-H., Bedford, O., & Yang, Y.-J. (2009). A cross-cultural comparison of the coexistence and domain superiority of individuating and relating autonomy. International Journal of Psychology, 44(3), 213-221.

3. Yang, Y.-J., & Yeh, K-H. (2006). Differentiating the effects of enacted parental support on adolescent adjustment in Taiwan: The moderating role of relationship intimacy. Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 9, 161-166.

2. Yeh, K-H., & Yang, Y.-J. (2006). Construct validation of individuating and relating autonomy orientations in culturally Chinese adolescents. Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 9, 148-160.

1. Yeh, K-H., Cheng, S-P., & Yang, Y.-J. (2005). The influence of maternal meta-emotion philosophy on children's attachment inclination. Chinese Journal of Psychology, 47(2), 181-195.

Book chapter publication

5. McPartland, J. C., Tillman, R., Yang, D. Y.-J., Bernier, R., & Pelphrey, K. A. (2014). The social neuroscience of autism spectrum disorder. In F. Volkmar (Eds.), Handbook of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders (4th ed.). 

4. Baillargeon, R., He, Z., Setoh, P., Scott, R. M., Sloane, S., & Yang, D. Y.-J. (2013). False-belief understanding and why it matters: The social-acting hypothesis. In M. R. Banaji & S. A. Gelman (Eds.), Navigating the social world: What infants, children, and other species can teach us (pp.88-95). NY: Oxford University Press.

3. Chiu, C-y., Wan, C., Cheng, S. Y-Y., Kim, Y-h., & Yang, Y.-J. (2010). Cultural perspectives on self-enhancement and self-protection. In M. Alicke & C. Sedikides (Eds.), Handbook of Self-Enhancement and Self-Protection (pp.425-451). New York: Guilford Press. 

2. Hong, Y-y., Yang, Y.-J., & Chiu, C-y. (2010). What is Chinese about Chinese psychology? Who are the Chinese in Chinese psychology? In M. H. Bond (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Chinese Psychology (pp.19-29). New York: Oxford University Press.

1. Yeh, K-H., Liu, Y-L., Huang, H-S., & Yang, Y.-J. (2007). Individuating and relating autonomy in culturally Chinese adolescents. In J. Liu, C. Ward, A. B. I. Bernardo, M. Karasawa, & R. Fischer (Eds.), Progress in Asian social psychology: Vol. 5. Global perspectives on Asian social psychology (pp.123-146). Korea: Kyoyook-Kwahak-Sa Publishing.

Professional presentations

15. Yang, D. Y.-J., Vander Wyk., B. C., McPartland, J. C., Allen, T., Chapman, S., & Pelphrey, K. A. (2014, November). Neural mechanisms of behavioral response to Virtual Reality social cognition training in young adults with high-functioning autism. Poster session presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Washington, DC.

14. Yang, D. Y.-J., Jou, R. J., & Pelphrey, K. A. (2014, May). Neuroanaotmical signatures of autism. Poster session presented at the 2014 International Meeting for Autism Research, Atlanta, Georgia.

13. Baillargeon, R., & Yang, D. Y.-J. (2014, May). Why is impaired social-acting understanding associated with autism? Evidence for a unique role of ingroup-support motivation. Poster session presented at the 2014 International Meeting for Autism Research, Atlanta, Georgia. 

12. Jou, R. J., Gibbard, C. R., Pretzsch, C., Yang, D. Y.-J., Murphy, I., & Pelphrey, K. A. (2014, May). White matter microstructure in girls with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Comparison with neurotypical controls and unaffected siblings. Oral session presented at the 2014 International Meeting for Autism Research, Atlanta, Georgia.

11. Yang, D. Y.-J., Mitchell, S. K., Cordeaux, C., Murphy, I., Pelphrey, K. A., & Jou, R. J. (2013, May). Decreased cortical thickness in Autism Spectrum Disorder: A large-sample investigation using surface-based morphometry. Poster session presented at the 2013 International Meeting for Autism Research, San Debastian, Spain. 

10. Yang, D. Y.-J., & Baillargeon, R. (2011, May). Autistic traits, theory of mind, decoupling, and ingroup positivity. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC.

9. Chen, X., Ge, Y., Chiu, C-y., Leung, A. K.-y., & Yang, Y-J. (2011, July). An exploratory study of eye-tracking on cultural symbols' joint-presentation: Overlapped vs. separated. Paper session to be presented at the 9th Biennial Conference of Asian Association of Social Psychology in Kunming, China. 

8. Yang, D. Y.-J., Chiu, C-y., & Chen, X. (2010, January). Starbucks trampling on the Forbidden City: The effect of overlapped presentation. Poster presented at the JDM Preconference of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Las Vegas, NV.

7. Gilligan, T., Coon, C., Nelson, L., McLeod, L., & Yang, Y-J. (2010, April). Let SAS do the work: Correlation crossroads. Poster session presented at the SAS Global Forum 2010, Seattle, WA. 

6. Yang, D. Y.-J., & Hong, Y-y. (2008, February). The group- and self-based references as moderators of self-anchoring and self-stereotyping processes. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Albuquerque, NM. 

5. Liao, H-Y., Yang, Y-J., Hwang, K-K., & Rounds, J. (2008, March). Culture and help-seeking attitude: Comparison between East and West. Poster will be presented at the International Counseling Psychology Conference, Chicago, IL.

4. Jenkins, L. J., Goh, J., Yang, Y-J., Hong, Y-y., & Park, D. C. (2008, April). Cultural differences in the processing of incongruous scenes revealed using fMR-adaptation. Poster presented at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society conference, San Francisco, CA. 

3. Yeh, K-H., & Yang, Y-J. (2005, October). Development of two autonomy orientations in late adolescence and young adulthood: A cross-cultural comparison. Paper session presented at the 44th annual meeting of the Taiwanese Psychological Association, Chung Yuan Christian University, Chung Li, Taoyuan County, Taiwan. 

2. Yang, D. Y.-J., & Yeh, K-h. (2004, July). Parents helping children lowering emotional distress: Beyond actual support. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Division 43 - Family Psychology, Honolulu, Hawaii.

1. Yang, Y-J., & Yeh, K-H. (2003, October). Helpful versus harmful: A structural model of family support. Poster session presented at the 42nd annual meeting of the Taiwanese Psychological Association, Fu Jen Catholic University, Taipei County, Taiwan.
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