• Psychiatry
  • Research Focus


  • Brain Network
  • fMRI
  • Diffusion MRI
  • Clinical Conditions

  • Addiction
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Stroke
  • Equipment & Techniques

  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
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    Dr Ying Zhao

    University Position
    Research Associate


    I investigate the neural mechanisms underlying addiction, specifically alcohol use and smoking, primarily through analysing brain imaging data in the UK Biobank. I utilise different brain imaging modalities, such as resting-state and task fMRI, DWI, and T1, along with machine learning algorithms and graph theory measures, to build models that help understand and predict brain and behaviour relationships. Through my studies, I hope to identify potential biomarkers for brain stimulation-based clinical intervention.

    Key Publications


    Mechanisms underlying capsulotomy for refractory obsessive-compulsive disorder: neural correlates of negative affect processing overlap with deep brain stimulation targets.

    Journal: Mol Psychiatry
    E-pub date: 1 Jul 2023
    Authors: H Cui, Y Zhang, Y Zhao, Y Zhao, Q Ding, R Chen, L Manssuer, C Zhang, W Liu, D Li, B Sun, V Voon

    Fine Subdivisions of the Semantic Network Supporting Social and Sensory-Motor Semantic Processing.

    Journal: Cereb Cortex
    E-pub date: 1 Aug 2018
    Authors: N Lin, X Wang, Y Xu, X Wang, H Hua, Y Zhao, X Li

    Premotor Cortex Activation Elicited during Word Comprehension Relies on Access of Specific Action Concepts.

    Journal: J Cogn Neurosci
    E-pub date: 1 Oct 2015
    Authors: N Lin, X Wang, Y Zhao, Y Liu, X Li, Y Bi

    The theory-of-mind network in support of action verb comprehension: evidence from an fMRI study.

    Journal: Brain Lang
    E-pub date: 1 Feb 2015
    Authors: N Lin, Y Bi, Y Zhao, C Luo, X Li