Dr. Wanze Xie is an assistant professor at the School of Psychological and Cognitive Sciences at Peking University (PKU). He obtained his Ph.D. in experimental psychology in 2017 from University of South Carolina. He worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Nelson Lab at Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School from October 2017 to July 2021 before he joined PKU. He studies the neurodevelopmental origin of social attention by studying the neural correlates of child visual attention and social perception from a brain network perspective. His recent research also explores how early adverse experiences would impact children’s brain health and cognitive outcomes. His work at PKU will involve the study of social attention and its neural correlates in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). His research integrates a combination of behavioral (child looking behaviors), physiological (ECG and EEG/ERP), and neuroimaging (Cortical source localization, fNIRS and MRI) techniques.



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Peer-reviewed Publications:

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Xie, W., Bathelt, J. Fasman, A., Nelson, C.A., & Bosquet Enlow, M. (in press). Temperament and psychopathology: The “community” to which you belong matters. Child Development, 00, 000-000. https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.13742

Sullivan, E. F., Xie,W., Conte, S., Richards, J. E., Shama, T., Haque, R., Petri,W. A., & Nelson, C. A. (2022). Neural correlates of inhibitory control and associations with cognitive outcomes in Bangladeshi children exposed to early adversities. Developmental Science, e13245. https://doi.org/10.1111/desc.13245

Bach, A. M., Xie, W., Piazzoli, L., Jensen, S. K., Afreen, S., Haque, R., ... & Nelson, C. A. (2022). Systemic inflammation during the first year of life is associated with brain functional connectivity and future cognitive outcomes. Developmental cognitive neuroscience, 53, 101041.

Vincent, K. M.*, Xie, W., & Nelson, C. A. (2021). Using different methods for calculating frontal alpha asymmetry to study its development from infancy to 3 years of age in a large longitudinal sample. Developmental Psychobiology63(6), e22163.

Jensen, S. K., Xie, W., Kumar, S., Haque, R., Petri, W. A., & Nelson III, C. A*. (2021). Associations of socioeconomic and other environmental factors with early brain development in Bangladeshi infants and children. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 100981.

Bowman, L. C., McCormick, S. A., Kane‐Grade, F., Xie, W., Bosquet Enlow, M., & Nelson, C. A*. (2021). Infants’ neural responses to emotional faces are related to maternal anxiety. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

Mariscal, M. G.*, Levin, A. R.*, Gabard-Durnam, L. J., Xie, W., Tager-Flusberg, H., & Nelson, C. A. (2021). EEG Phase-Amplitude Coupling Strength and Phase Preference: Association with Age over the First Three Years after Birth. Eneuro8(3).

Xie, W.*, Leppänen, J. M., Kane-Grade, F. E., & Nelson, C. A.* (2021). Converging neural and behavioral evidence for a rapid, generalized response to threat-related facial expressions in 3-year-old children. NeuroImage, 117732.

Gao, C., Xie, W., Green, J. J., Wedell, D. H., Jia, X., Guo, C., & Shinkareva, S. V.* (2021). Evoked and induced power oscillations linked to audiovisual integration of affect. Biological Psychology158, 108006.

Lin, S., Zhou, J., Kumar, S., Xie, W., Jensen, K.G., Haque, R., Nelson, C.A., Petri, W.A., & Ma, J.* (2020). Group penalized generalized estimating equation for correlated event-related potentials and biomarker selection. BMC Medical Research Methodology, 20(1), 1-11.

Conte, S.*, Richards, J.E., Guy, M., Xie, W., & Roberts, J.E. (2020). Face-sensitive brain responses in the first year of life. NeuroImage, 211, 116602.

Turesky, T.*, Xie, W., Kumar, S., Sliva, D. D., Gagoski, B., Vaughn, J., ... & Petri Jr, W. A. (2020). Relating anthropometric indicators to brain structure in 2-month-old Bangladeshi infants growing up in poverty: a pilot study. NeuroImage, 116540.

Xie, W.*, Jensen, S.K.G., Wade, M., Kumar, S. Westerlund, A., Kakon, S.H., Haque, R., Petri, W.A., & Nelson, C.A.* (2019). Growth faltering is associated with altered brain functional connectivity and cognitive outcomes in urban Bangladeshi children exposed to early adversity. BMC Medicine. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12916-019-1431-5

Xie, W.*, Kumar, Kakon, S.H., Haque, R., Petri, W.A., & Nelson, C.A.* (2019). Chronic inflammation is associated with neural responses to faces in Bangladeshi children. NeuroImage. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2019.116110.

Gao, C, Stefania, C., Richards, J.*, Xie, W., & Hanylak, T. (2019). The Neural sources of N170: Understanding timing of activation in face-selective areas. Psychophysiology, e13336.

Xie, W.*, McCormick. S.A., Westerlund, A., Bowman, L.C., & Nelson, C. A.* (2019). Neural correlates of facial emotion processing in infancy. Developmental Science, e12758, DOI: 10.1111/desc.12758.

Jensen, S.K.G., Kumar, S., Xie, W., Tofail, F., Haque, R., Petri, W.A., & Nelson, C.A.* (2019). Neural correlates of early adversity among Bangladeshi infants. Scientific Reports, 9:3507, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-39242-x.

Xie, W.*, Mallin, B., & Richards, J. E. (2019). Development of brain functional connectivity and its relation to infant sustained attention in the first year of life. Developmental Science, e12702. DOI: 10.1111/desc.12703.

Xie, W.*, Mallin, & Richards, J. E. (2018). Development of infant sustained attention and its relation to EEG oscillations: An EEG and cortical source analysis study. Developmental Science, e12562. DOI: 10.1111/desc.12562.

Xie, W.*, & Richards, J. E. (2017). The relation between infant covert orienting, Sustained Attention and Brain Activity. Brain Topography30(2), 198-219.

Richards, J. E.*, Sanchez, C., Phillips-Meek, M., & Xie, W. (2016). A database of age-appropriate average MRI templates. NeuroImage, 124, 1254-1259.

Xie, W.*, & Richards, J. E. (2016). Effects of interstimulus intervals on behavioral, heart rate, and event‐related potential indices of infant engagement and sustained attention. Psychophysiology, 53, 1128-1142.

Xie, W.*, Richards, J. E., Lei, D., Zhu, H.*, Lee, K., & Gong, Q. (2015). The construction of MRI brain/head templates for Chinese children from 7 to 16 years of age. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 15, 94-105.

Xie, W.*, Richards, J. E., Lei, D., Lee, K., & Gong, Q.* (2015). Comparison of the brain development trajectory between Chinese and US children and adolescents. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience, 8, 249.


Book Chapters:

Xie, W. & Nelson, C.A. (2021). The state-of-the-art pediatric EEG and MRI-compatible EEG. In Huang, H. & Roberts, T. (Ed.), Handbook of Paediatric brain imaging: Methods, Modalities and Applications. Elsevier, under the imprint of Academic Press: Cambridge, MA.

Downes, M., Bathelt, J., & Xie, W. (2021). Electroencephalography. In Crosson, B., Haaland, K., & King, T. (Ed.), APA Handbook of Neuropsychology, Vol 2. American Psychological Association.

Xie, W. & Richards, J.E. (2021). Cortical source localization of EEG time-frequency activation. In Bernat, E., Miller M., & Gable, P. (Ed.), Oxford Handbook of EEG Frequency Analyses. Oxford University Press: New York, NY.

Richards, J. E., & Xie, W. (2015). Brains for all the ages: Structural neurodevelopment in infants and children from a life-span perspective. In Benson, J. (Ed.), Advances in Child Development and Behavior, 48, 1-52. Elsevier: Philadelphia, PA.