YiYuan Tang

Professor
Faculty
DTPHX Campus
Mailcode
9020
Professor
Faculty
DTPHX Campus
Mailcode
9020

Biography

Yi-Yuan Tang has an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural background, experience, and expertise in the areas of cognitive, affective, cultural, developmental and health neuroscience and psychology, health sciences, prevention and intervention science. He uses multilevel methodologies such as multimodal neuroimaging and neural modeling (e.g., fMRI, EEG, PET; dynamic causal modeling, machine learning, complex network, neuroinformatics), physiological (e.g., cortisol, sIgA, heart rate variability), interventional (e.g., attention training, mindfulness, exercise, neurofeedback, brain stimulation), psychosocial and epigenetic methods to study the mechanisms of core mental processes (e.g., self-control, emotion regulation, stress resilience, reinforcement learning, and decision-making) related to cognitive, physical and mental health and conscious/unconscious regulation and changes in healthy behavior, habit and lifestyles, and to develop and implement evidence-based training or interventions to prevent and ameliorate behavioral problems and mental disorders in health and patient populations over the lifespan.

He is the author of nine books, such as "The Neuroscience of Mindfulness Meditation: How the Body and Mind Work Together to Change Our Behavior?" (Springer Nature, 2017), "Brain-Based Learning and Education: Principle and Practice" (Academic Press, Elsevier, 2018) and "The Neuroscience of Meditation: Understanding Individual Differences" (Academic Press, Elsevier, 2020). He has published more than 300 peer-reviewed articles such as Tang et al., PNAS, 2007 (citation >2000); Tang et al., Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 2015 (citation >2000).

He has been a recipient of grants from the National Institute of Health, the John Templeton Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, and multiple awards including NIH Cutting-Edge Basic Research Award, NIH Phased Innovation Award,  Complementary and Integrative Rehabilitation Medicine Research Award and a Presence Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.

He has successfully supervised over 60 graduate students including MD/PhD and post-doctoral fellows in cognitive, affective, cultural, developmental, social, health psychology and neuroscience, health sciences, medicine, learning sciences, prevention and intervention, psychophysiology, BME, neuroimaging, data science and neuroinformatics.  

Education

Ph.D. Neuroimaging/Cognitive Neuroscience, Dalian University of Technology, China

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2022 Teaching: EXW 494/598 SHS 494/598 Health Neuroscience 

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Research Interests

Health Neuroscience; Science of Behavior Change; Brain/Mind-Body Interaction; Altered State of Consciousness; Gene x Brain x Behavior x Environment Interaction; Prevention and Intervention Science; Data Science; Neuroimaging and Modeling; Cognitive, Affective, Cultural, Developmental, Social, Health Psychology and Neuroscience; Neuromodulation & Neurorehab; Brain Plasticity and Aging; Behavioral Problems and Chronic Disorders 

Research Group

Health Neuroscience Collaboratory

Publications

Representative peer-reviewed articles (Selected from > 300):

Tang YY, Holzel BK, Posner MI. The neuroscience of mindfulness meditation. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 2015, 16(4): 213-225 [citation >2000] [Impact Factor >30]

Tang YY, et al. Short term meditation training improves attention and self regulation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 2007, 104 (43): 17152-17156 [citation >2000] [Impact Factor >9]

Tang YY & Posner MI. Attention Training and Attention State training. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 2009, 13(5): 222-7 [citation >500] [Impact Factor >20]

Tang YY, et al. Central and autonomic nervous system interaction is altered by short term meditation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 2009, 106(22): 8865-70 [citation >700] [Impact Factor >9]

Brewer JA, Worhunsky PD, Gray JR, Tang YY, Weber J, Kober H. Meditation experience is associated with differences in default mode network activity and connectivity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 2011, 108(50): 20254-9. [citation >1200] [Impact Factor >9]

Representative Books (Selected from 9)

Tang YY. The Neuroscience of Mindfulness Meditation: How the Body and Mind Work Together to Change Our Behavior? Springer Nature, 2017.

Tang YY. Brain-Based Learning and Education: Principle and Practice. Academic Press, Elsevier, 2018.

Tang et al. The Neuroscience of Meditation: Understanding Individual Differences. Academic Press, Elsevier, 2020. 

More peer-reviewed articles:

Tang YY, Holzel BK, Posner MI. The neuroscience of mindfulness meditation. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 2015, 16(4): 213-225 [citation >2000] [Impact Factor >30]

Tang YY, Tang R, Gross JJ. Promoting emotional well-being through an evidence-based mindfulness training program. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 2019, 13:237.

Szyf M, Tang YY, Hill KG, Musci R. The dynamic epigenome and its implications for behavioral interventions: a role for epigenetics to inform disorder prevention and health promotion. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 2016, 6(1):55-62.

Liao Y, Wu Q, Kelly BC, Zhang F, Tang YY, Wang Q, Ren H, Hao Y, Yang M, Cohen J, Tang J. Effectiveness of text messaging-based smoking cessation intervention ('Happy Quit') for smoking cessation in China: A randomized controlled trial. PLOS Medicine, 2018, 15(12):e1002713.

Tang YY, Posner MI, Rothbart MK, Volkow ND. Circuitry of self-control and its role in reducing addiction. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 2015, 19(8):439-444 [IF >20]
Cell Press 2015, July 30
Caputo JN. Trying to Quit Smoking? First Strengthen Self-Control.
ScienceDaily, 2015, July 30
EurekAlert! AAAS 2015, July 30
MedicalxPress 2015, July 30
DailyxNews 2015, July 30
Jones M. Mental Training Could Be Key to Kicking the Habit 
CNN Medical 2015, July 31
Lucas L. How to beat smoking, other bad habits with better self control

Tang YY, Posner MI. Training brain networks and states. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 2014, 18(7):345-50 

Tang YY, Tang R, Posner MI. Brief meditation training induces smoking reduction. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 2013, 110(34):13971-13975 
*Science, EurekAlert, NIH/NIDA comments
Mindfulness meditation IBMT trims craving for tobacco. EurekAlert (AAAS), August 5, 2013
Mindfulness Meditation Trims Craving for Tobacco: 60% Reduction in Smoking. ScienceDaily, August 11, 2013
Meditation and Smoking Reduction.
National Institute of Health/National Institute on Drug Abuse, August 8, 2013

Tang YY, Rothbart MK, Posner MI. Neural correlates of establishing, maintaining and switching brain states. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 2012, 16(6): 330-337 

Tang YY, Lu Q, Fan M, Yang Y, Posner MI. Mechanisms of white matter changes induced by meditation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 2012, 109 (26):10570-4
*Science comments
Chinese Meditation Prompts Double Positive Punch in Brain White Matter. ScienceDaily, June 13, 2012

Tang YY, Lu Q, Geng X, Stein EA, Yang Y, Posner MI. Short-term meditation induces white matter changes in the anterior cingulate. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 2010, 107(35): 15649-52
*Science comments
Integrative Body-Mind Training (IBMT) Meditation Found to Boost Brain Connectivity. ScienceDaily, August 16, 2010

Tang YY, Ma, Y., Fan, Y., Feng H, Wang, J., Feng, S., Lu, Q., Hu, B., Lin, Y., Li J, Zhang Y, Wang Y, Zhou L, Fan, M. Central and autonomic nervous system interaction is altered by short term meditation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 2009, 106(22): 8865-70
*Science comments
Barlow J. Of body and mind, and deep meditation. ScienceDaily, May 20, 2009

Tang YY & Posner MI. Attention Training and Attention State training. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 2009, 13(5): 222-7 

Tang YY, Ma Y, Wang J, Fan Y, Feng S, Lu Q, Yu Q, Sui D, Rothbart MK, Fan M, Posner M.I. Short term meditation training improves attention and self regulation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 2007, 104 (43): 17152-17156 [citation >2000]
*Nature, Science comments
Cheung F. Mental training: The benefits of short-term meditation. Nature (NatureChina) (Research Highlights), Oct. 31, 2007 
Barlow J. Body-mind meditation boosts performance, reduces stress. ScienceDaily, Oct. 9, 2007
This paper is the Top 10 Research Highlights in 2007 evaluated by Nature China.

Tang YY, Zhang W, Chen K, Feng S, Ji Y, Shen J, Reiman EM, Liu Y. Arithmetic processing in the brain shaped by cultures. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 2006, 103(28): 10775-80. (Top Story) 
Science, Nature Review Neuroscience, Trends in Cognitive Sciences comments
Holden C. Numbers on the brain. Science (ScienceNOW), June 26, 2006
Qiu J. Cultural differences. Nature Reviews Neuroscience (Research Highlights), July 12, 2006 
Cantlon JF, Brannon EM. Adding up the effects of cultural experience on the brain. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 2007, 11(1): 1-4

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Research Activity

Ongoing RCT projects:

1.Brain Mechanisms of Reducing Polysubstance Use Following a Novel Body-Mind Intervention

NIH/NCCIH

2.Modulation Effects of a Novel Body-mind Intervention on Subjective Cognitive Decline

NIH/NIA

3.Toward a Neural Model of Human Skill Learning

DoD/ONR

Courses

Spring 2022
Course Number Course Title
SHS 494 Special Topics
EXW 494 Special Topics
SHS 598 Special Topics
EXW 598 Special Topics

Honors/Awards

The Complementary and Integrative Rehabilitation Medicine Research Award, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine

NIH/NCCIH Phased Innovation Award

NIH/NIDA Cutting-Edge Basic Research Awards

Barnie E. Rushing Outstanding Researcher Award

Editorships

Associate Editor, Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (SCAN)

Associate Editor, Frontiers in Neuroimaging

Academic Editor, PloS One

Editorial Board, Journal of Integrative Neuroscience

Editorial Board, Psychology of Consciousness

 

Professional Associations

Fellow of Association for Psychological Science (APS)

Fellow of American Psychological Association (APA)

Service

Federal Agencies:

NIA Standing Committee Member

NICHD Standing Committee Member

NIDA and NCCIH Special Panel Member

DoD Special Panel Member

NASA Special Panel Member

NSF Special Panel Member

External Evaluator for Faculty Tenure & Promotion: 

Harvard University, Carnegie Mellon University, University of California at Davis, Virginia Commonwealth University, Texas A&M University, University of Massachusetts, University of Missouri,  University of Haifa