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I am a neuroscientist and psychiatrist interested in brain function and its development. I use a rich combination of research tools, including functional neuroimaging techniques (e.g., magnetoencephalography-MEG), electrophysiology (electroencephalography-EEG), behavioural approach (e.g., eye-tracking), to study how the neural connectivity and brain network mature to support highly complex human perception and cognition.

I completed my Doctor of Medicine in Psychiatry at Zhejiang University in 2013 and finished PhD in Cognitive Science at Macquarie University in 2014. From 2014 to 2016 I worked as a postdoctoral research fellow with Distinguished Professor Stephan Crain and Associate Professor Blake Johnson at Macquarie University on projects using paediatric MEG system to study the development of language processing.

Since 2016, I took up a postdoctoral research fellowship at Macquarie University with Dr. Jon Brock and Associate Professor Paul Sowman. My current projects aim to answer research questions as to how children learn and predict the world through visual and auditory processing, how the functional brain network evolves during typical brain development. To address these questions I use advanced computational modelling, network and graph theoretical analyses on neuroimaging data, in collaboration with world-leading scientists – Professor Bruno Rossion (University of Louvain, Belgium), Dr. Arjan Hillebrand (VU University, the Netherlands), and Dr. Marta Garrido (the University of Queensland, Australia).

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Projects 2016 2017

Research Output 2008 2018

  • 126 Citations
  • 7 h-Index
  • 24 Article
  • 3 Chapter
  • 1 Abstract
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Open Access

Development of face recognition: Dynamic causal modelling of MEG data

He, W. & Johnson, B. W., 1 Apr 2018, In : Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. 30, p. 13-22 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Facial Recognition
Preschool Children
Temporal Lobe
Age Groups

Altered effective brain connectivity at early response of antipsychotics in first-episode schizophrenia with auditory hallucinations

Zheng, L., Liu, W., He, W., Yu, S. & Zhong, G., Jun 2017, In : Clinical Neurophysiology. 128, 6, p. 867-874 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Antipsychotic Agents
Temporal Lobe

Intensity dependence of auditory evoked potentials in primary dysmenorrhea

Zhang, B., Xu, Y., He, W., Wang, J., Chai, H., Shen, C., Zhu, Q. & Wang, W., Nov 2017, In : Journal of Pain. 18, 11, p. 1324-1332 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Auditory Evoked Potentials
Temporal Lobe

Development of effective connectivity in the core network for face perception

He, W., Garrido, M. I., Sowman, P. F., Brock, J. & Johnson, B. W., 1 Jun 2015, In : Human Brain Mapping. 36, 6, p. 2161-2173 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Facial Recognition