Yung-Jui (Daniel) Yang

Yung-Jui (Daniel) Yang
Assistant Research Professor of Pediatrics, GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and Neuropsychology, Children’s National Medical Center
[email protected]


Research Focus


Developing and applying advanced neuroimaging techniques to understand autism and neurodevelopmental disorders in the hope of improving long-term welfare of these individuals.


Peer-reviewed Journal Publications

  • 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). (
  • 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.
  • 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.(
  • 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) (
  • 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 (
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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 (
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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 (
  • 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 (
  • 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 (
  • 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.(
  • 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 (
  • 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(
  • 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 (
  • 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 (
  • 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) 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • 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.). 
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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.), Casting the individual in societal and cultural contexts (pp.123-146). Korea: Kyoyook-Kwahak-Sa Publishing. 

Professional presentations

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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.