Wei Wu

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

  • Psychology
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

Contact details



Psychology Building

7 George Square, Edinburgh
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I obtained my B.Eng. in Electrical Engineering and Automation from Shanghai University in 2014, and I completed a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience at Beijing Normal University in 2020. In this year, I also came to the University of Edinburgh as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant. Currently, I am employed on a BBSRC-funded project titled 'Causes and consequences of functional reorganisation in the ageing brain', awarded to Dr. Paul Hoffman.


Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience, 2014-2020

State Key Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience and Learning & IDG/McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Beijing Normal University, Beijing

B.Eng. in Electrical Engineering and Automation, 2010-2014

School of Mechatronic Engineering and Automation, Shanghai University, Shanghai

Research summary

My research interests focus on semantic cognition and corresponding neural mechanisms. Specifically, my previous research encompassed several fMRI experiments in two lines of questions: one was about the neural representation of abstract concepts in the human brain; the other was related to visual cognition of concrete objects in domain-selective brain areas. In my current research, I am studying the role of executive control systems in the processing of conceptual knowledge.

Wu, W., Wang, X., Wei, T., He, C., & Bi, Y. (2020). Object parsing in the left lateral occipitotemporal cortex: Whole shape, part shape, and graspability. Neuropsychologia, 138, 107340.

Wang, X., Wu, W. (joint first author), Ling, Z., Xu, Y., Fang, Y., Wang, X., Binder, J., Men, W., Gao, J., & Bi, Y. (2018). Organizational Principles of Abstract Words in the Human Brain. Cerebral Cortex, 28(12), 4305-4318.