Welcome to the CHAN Laboratory!

CHAN is the laboratory host's English surname,
and it is also the abbreviation for "Cognitive and Human Affective Neuroscience".
The CHAN lab primarily uses the fMRI and ERP as tools
to discover their research interests in humor, emotion, motivation, memory, and creativity.

Research direction

This CHAN lab explores the neural mechanisms of humor cognition and emotion by using fMRI and EEG/ERP. In previous studies, we focused on the neural correlates of humor processing and the differences of humor, which includes the separation of humor cognition and emotion, humor structure, humor content, the individual differences of humor in sex/gender and geletophobics (the fear of being laughed at), and the appreciation of various humor styles. And today, we have moved a step forward to explore how humor affects motivation and behavior and how it promotes an individual in learning and memory performances.

The Humorous Process

The separation of the neural correlates of cognitive and affective processing of humor
The neural mechanism of humor structure (humor techniqures)
The neural mechanism of humor content

The Individual Differences in Humor

Humor and sex/gender differences
The neural correlates of sense of humor
The neural correlates of humorlessness: Gelotophobia (fear of being laughed at)

The Humorous Reward

Movation and hedonic brain of humor processing
Humor as a reward meachinse on learning and working memory

5 years

CHAN Lab

9

Grad Students

23

Journals

2

Books

CHAN LAB






Yu-Chen Chan (詹雨臻)

Associate Professor, Department of Education Psychology and Coounseling, NTHU
Associate Professor, Institute of Learning Sciences and Technologies, NTHU
Associate Professor, Center for General Education, NTHU
E-mail:ycchan@mx.nthu.edu.tw
TEL:+886-3-5743043

Experience

Assistant Professor, Institute of Learning Sciences (ILS), NTHU (2013.2~2017.7)

Discipline

Mind and Brain, Humor Neuroscience, Cognitive Neuroscience, Affective Neuroscience
Experimetnal Psychology, Advanced Cognitive Psychology, Psychology

Academic honors

2018 About NTHU Video, NTHU’s Academic Strength, Representative of Teacher Education College
2016-2017 R&D REPORT, Exemplary Achievements, NTHU
2017 NEWSLETTER, NTHU
2016 NTHU’s Top Stories: Gelotophobics

2017 Outstanding Research Teacher Award, NTHU
2016 Outstanding Research Teacher Award, NTHU
2015 Outstanding Research Teacher Award, NTHU
2014 Outstanding Research Teacher Award, NTHU
2013 New Outstanding Assistant Professor Award, NTHU
2013 Awards to the Special Talents in University, NTHU

Teaching honors

2017 Outstanding Teaching Award, National Tsing Hua University
2017 Awards for Excellent Teacher, Teacher Education College, NTHU
2016 Awards for Excellent Teacher, Tsing Hua College, NTHU
2015 Awards for Excellent Teaching, Commission of General Education, NTHU
2015 Awards for Excellent Teacher, Commission of General Education, NTHU

Graduate students

CHAN LAB

Chun-Yu Chou

ILS, NTHU

Learning strategy with ERP

Mei-Shuan Wu

ILS, NTHU

Exercise and Cognition with ERP

Yu-Cheng Chen

PSY, NTHU

Decision-making and Emotion

Yu-Ting Li

PSY, NTHU

Math processing

Wan-Rung Yu

ILST, NTHU

Working memory with ERP

Jun-Yu Yang

ILST, NTHU

Cognitive and affective processing

Jui-Hsuan Hsieh

PSY, NTHU

Cognitive and affective processing

Huei-Yea Wang

PSY, NTHU

Cognitive and affective processing

Min Yueh

PSY, NTHU

Cognitive and affectivie processing

Activity

Diversity activities!

Conference and activity

2018.06: International Society for Humor Studies(ISHS, Estonia)
2018.06: Organization for Human Brain Mapping(OHBM, Singapore)
2017.06: Organization for Human Brain Mapping(OHBM, Vancouver)
2016.09: Brain: The biology of mind
2016.06: Organization for Human Brain Mapping(OHBM, Genava)
2016.06: International Society for Humor Studies(ISHS, Dublin)
2015.06: Organization for Human Brain Mapping(OHBM, Hawaii)
2014.07: Cognitive Science Society(CogSci, Quebec)

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PUBLICATION

Journal / Conference / Chapter or Book

1. Journal

‧*Chan, Y. C., Hsu, W. C., & Chou, T. L. (2018). Dissociation between the processing of humorous and monetary rewards in the ‘motivation’ and ‘hedonic’ brain. Scientific Reports, 8, 15425. (SCI)(MOST 105-2410-H-007-027-MY2)

‧*Chan, Y. C., Hsu, W. C., Liao, Y. J., Chen, H. C., Tu, C. H., & Wu, C. L. (Accepted). Appreciation of different styles of humor: An fMRI study. Scientific Reports. (SCI)(MOST 103-2410-H-007-033)

‧Lu, H. I ., *Chan, Y. C., & Chen, H. S. (Accepted). Ambiguity and inference processing in verbal jokes: Analyses of eye movement. Bulletin of Educational Psychology. (TSSCI)

‧Wu, C. L., Chan, Y. C., & Chen, H. C. (2018). Gender differences on laugh-related traits: A cross-sectional study. International Journal of Psychology. DOI: 10.1002/ijop.12520. (SSCI)

‧Wu, C. L., Zhong, S., Chan, Y. C., Chen, H. C., & He, Y. (2018). White-matter structural connectivity in relation to humor styles: An exploratory study. Frontiers in Psychology, 9: 1654. (SSCI)

‧Dai, R. H., Chen, H. C., Chan, Y. C., Wu, C. L., Li, P., Cho, S. L., & Hu, J. F. (2017). To resolve or not to resolve, that is the question: The dual-path model of incongruity resolution and absurd verbal humor by fMRI. Frontiers in psychology, 8, 498. (SSCI)

‧Ku, L. C., Feng, Y. J., Chan, Y. C., Wu, C. L., Chen, H. C. (2017). A re-visit of three-stage humor processing with readers' surprise, comprehension, and funniness ratings: An ERP study. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 42, 49-62. (SSCI)

‧*Chan, Y. C. (2016). Neural correlates of deficits in humor appreciation in Gelotophobics. Scientific Reports, 6, 34580. (SCI) (MOST 104-2410-H-007-022)

‧*Chan, Y. C., Liao, Y. J., Tu, C. H, & *Chen, H. C. (2016). Neural correlates of hostile jokes: Cognitive and motivational processes in humor appreciation. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 10, 527. (SCI) (MOST 104-2410-H-007-022)

‧Chan, Y. C. (2016).Neural correlates of sex/gender differences in humor processing for different joke types. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 536. (SSCI) (NSC 102-2410-H-007-072)

‧Wu. C. L., Zhong, S. Chan, Y. C., Chen, H. C., Gong, G., He, Y., Li, P. (2016). White-matter structural connectivity underlying human laughter-related traits processing. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 1637. (SSCI)

‧*Chan, Y. C. & Lavallee, J. P. (2015). Temporo-parietal and fronto-parietal lobe contributions to theory of mind and executive control: An fMRI study of verbal jokes. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 1285. (SSCI) (NSC 102-2410-H-007-072)

‧Chang, J. H., Chen, H. C., Hsu, C. C., Chan, Y. C., & Chang, Y. L. (2015). Flexible humor styles and the creative mind: Using a typological approach to investigate the relationship between humor styles and creativity. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 9(3), 306-312. (SSCI)

‧*Chan, Y. C. (2015). The neural substrates of humor processing: An integrative review. Journal of Education and Psychology, 38(3), 101-135. (TSSCI) (NSC 102-2410-H-007-072)

‧Yeh, Y. C., Lin, C. W., Hsu, W. C., Kuo, W. J., & Chan, Y. C. (2015). Associated and dissociated neural substrates of aesthetic judgment and aesthetic emotion during the appreciation of everyday designed products. Neuropsychologia, 73, 151-160. (SCI)

‧​Wu, C. L., An, C. P., Tseng, L. P., Chen, H. C., Chan, Y. C., Cho, S. L., & Tsai, M. L. (2015). Fear of being laughed at with relation to parent attachment in individuals with autism. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 10, 116-123. (SSCI)

‧​Chan, Y. C. (2014). Emotional structure of jokes: A corpus-based investigation. Bio-Medical Materials and Engineering, 24, 3083-3090. (SCI)(NSC 102-2410-H-007-072)

‧Feng, Y. J., Chan, Y. C., Chen, H. C. (2014). Specialization of neural mechanisms underlying the three-stage model in humor processing: An ERP study. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 32, 59-70.(SSCI)

‧Wu, C. L., Tseng, L. P., An, C. P., Chen, H. C., Chan, Y. C., Shih, C. I., & Zhuo, S. L. (2014). Do individuals with autism lack a sense of humor? A study of humor comprehension, appreciation, and styles among high school students with autism. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 8, 1386-1393. (SSCI)

‧Chan, Y. C., Chen, H. C., & Lavallee, J. P. (2013). The Impact of Gelotophobia, Gelotophilia and Katagelasticism on Creativity. Humor: International Journal of Humor Research, 26(4), 609-628. (SSCI)

‧Chan, Y. C., Chou, T. L., Chen, H. C., Yeh, Y. C., Lavallee, J. P., Liang, K. C., & Chang, K. E. (2013).Towards a neural circuit model of verbal humor processing: An fMRI study of the neural substrates of incongruity detection and resolution. NeuroImage, 66, 169-176. (SCI)

‧Chen, H. C., Chan, Y. C., & Feng, Y. J. (2013). Taiwan Corpora of Chinese Emotions and Relevant Psychophysiological Data— A norm of emotion metaphors in Chinese. Chinese Journal of Psychology, 55(4), 525-553. (TSSCI)

‧Cheng, C. M., Chen, H. C., Chan, Y. C., Su, Y. C., & Tseng, C. C. (2013). Taiwan corpora of Chinese emotions and relevant psychophysiological data—Normative Data for Chinese Jokes. Chinese Journal of Psychology, 55(4), 555-569.(TSSCI)

‧Chan, Y. C., Chou, T. L., Chen, H. C., & Liang, K. C. (2012). Segregating humor comprehension and elaboration process of verbal jokes: An fMRI study. NeuroImage, 61(4), 899-906. (SCI)

‧Chan, Y. C., Chen, H. C., Cho, S. L., & Martin, R. A. (2011). Distinguishing between kindhearted and malicious humor: development of a traditional Chinese version of the humor styles questionnaire. Psychological Testing, Special Issue: Positive Traits Assessment, 207-234.(TSSCI)

‧Chen, H. C., Chan, Y. C., Ruch, W., & Proyer, R. T. (2011). Evaluating the reliability and validity of a traditional Chinese version of the PhoPhiKat-45. Psychological Testing, 58(1), 119-145.(TSSCI)

‧Chan, Y. C., Yeh, Y. C., Peng, Y. Y., & Yeh, B. L. (2009). The development of the “inventory of adolescent resilience”. Psychological Testing,56(4), 491-518.(TSSCI)

2. Conference

‧Chan, Y. C. (2018, June). Linking humor reward to hedonic consumption: An fMRI study. Annual Meeting of the 30th International Society for Humor Studies (ISHS), Tallinn, Estonia, June 25 to June 29. (MOST 105-2410-H-007-027-MY2)

‧Chen, Y. C., Hsu, W. C., & Chan, Y. C. (2018, June). Neural Correlates of Humor Motivation: An fMRI study. Poster presented at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM), Singapore, June 17-21, 2018. (MOST 103-2410-H-007-033)

‧Yu, W. R., Hsu, W. C., Lin, Y. C., & Chan, Y. C. (2018, June). Neural bases of self and other representation: An fMRI investigation. Poster presented at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM), Singapore, June 17-21, 2018. (MOST 103-2410-H-007-033)

‧Chan, Y. C. (2017, June). Unraveling the mystery of humorlessness: The neural correlates of gelotophobics. Poster presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM), Vancouver, Canada, June 25-29, 2017. (MOST 104-2410-H-007-022)

‧Chen, I. F., & Chan, Y. C. (2017, June). The neural correlates of gender differences in aggressive jokes and nonaggressive jokes. Poster presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM), Vancouver, Canada, June 25-29, 2017. (MOST 104-2410-H-007-022)

‧Chan, Y. C., Liao, Y. J., & Chen, H. C. (2016, June). Dysfunction of reward and motivation processing in gelotophobes: An fMRI study. Annual Meeting of the International Society for Humor Studies (ISHS), Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, June 27 to July 1.1. (MOST 104-2410-H-007-022)

‧Chen, I. F., & Chan, Y. C. (2016, June). Gender specific humor processing in different types of jokes. Poster presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM), Geneva, Switzerland, June 26-30, 2016. (MOST 104-2410-H-007-022)

‧Wu, M. C., Liao, Y. J., & Chan, Y. C. (2016, June). Identifying the neural substrates of the aggression-humor interaction: An fMRI study. Poster presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM), Geneva, Switzerland, June 26-30, 2016. (MOST 104-2410-H-007-022)

‧Chan, Y. C. (2015, June). Identifying the neural substrates of the ambiguity-humor interaction: An fMRI study. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM), Honolulu, Hawaii, June 14-18, 2015. (NSC 102-2410-H-007-072)

‧Liao, Y. J., & Chan, Y. C. (2015, June). Gender differences in the neural correlates of verbal jokes: An fMRI study. Poster presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM), Honolulu, Hawaii, June 14-18, 2015.

‧Lee, Y. L., & Chan, Y. C. (2015, June). Neural correlates of positive and negative verbal jokes: An fMRI study. Poster presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM), Honolulu, Hawaii, June 14-18, 2015.

‧Chen, I. F., & Chan, Y. C. (2015, June). Identify the distinct neural mechanisms of ‘emotion reversal’ jokes: An fMRI study. Poster presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM), Honolulu, Hawaii, June 14-18, 2015.

‧Chan, Y. C., & Chen, H. C. (2014, September). Relationships among Laughter, Humor Styles, and Interpersonal Functioning. Poster presented at the 40th BERA Annual Conference, IOE, London, Sep. 23-25, 2014. (NSC 102-2410-H-007-072)

‧Chan, Y. C. (2014, July). The Interaction between Semantic Processing and Humor. Poster presented at the Cognitive Science Society, Quebec City, Canada, July 23-26, 2014. (NSC 102-2410-H-007-072)

‧Liao, Y. J., Chan, Y. C., & Chen, H. C. (2014, July). The eye movement analysis of 3D spatial problems solving by the different cues among experts and novices. Poster presented at the Cognitive Science Society, Quebec City, Canada, July 23-26, 2014.

‧Lee, Y. L., Chan, Y. C., & Chen, H. C. (2014, July). The Processing of Humor Advertisement: Evidence from Eye Movement. Poster presented at the Cognitive Science Society, Quebec City, Canada, July 23-26, 2014.

‧Chan, Y. C., & Chen, H. C. (2014, July). Development of the PhoPhiKatKap Scale. In R. Proyer, (Chair), Assessment of humor. Symposium conducted at the 26th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Humor Studies (ISHS), University Hall of Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands, July 7-11, 2014. (NSC 103-2420-H-003-005-MY3)

‧Chen, H. C., Chan, Y. C., Cho, S. L., Lin, C. Y., Wu, C. L., & Shih C. Y. Neuropsychological Traits of Students with and without Asperger’s Syndrome on TOM and Non-TOM Humor. Posterpresented at the 26th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Humor Studies (ISHS), University Hall of Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands, July 7-11, 2014.

‧Chan, Y. C., & Chen, H. C. (2013, August). Humor comprehension and appreciation: fMRI studies. In C. Liu (Chair), Affective & social cognitive neuroscience. Chinese Society for Personality and Social Psychology Conference on August 26-28, 2013 in Beijing, China at Beijing Normal University.

‧Chan, Y. C., & Chen, H. C. (2013, July). Extending the PhoPhiKat scale to include the fear of laughing at others. In W. Ruch & R. T. Proyer (Chairs), Assessment of humor II. Symposium conducted at the 12th European Conference on Psychological Assessment (ECPA), University of the Basque Country, Donostia, San Sebastian, Spain, 17-20 July, 2013.

3. Chapter or Book

Chen, H. C., Chan, Y. C., Dai, R. H., Liao, Y. J., & Tu, C. H. (2017). Neurolinguistics of humor. S. Attardo (Ed). The Routledge Handbook of Language and Humor. Routledge: Taylor & Francis.

Chen, H. C., Chan, Y. C., Ruch, W., & Proyer, R. T. (2013). Laughing at others and being laughed at in Taiwan and Switzerland: A cross-cultural perspective (Volume II). In J. M. Davis & J. Chey (Eds.). pp. 215-229. Humour in Chinese life and culture: Resistance and control in modern Times. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.

Research Project

Project Investigation (PI)

2016.08 – 2018.07 Project Investigation. How motivation facilitates cognitive control: An fMRI study on humor and monetary rewards. MOST 105-2410-H-007-027-MY2

2015.08 – 2016.07 Project Investigation. The neural correlates of humor appreciation and coping of Gelotophobes. MOST 104-2410-H-007-022

2014.08 – 2015.07 Project Investigator. Investigating the neural mechanisms and networks underlying humor motivation among individuals and groups: fMRI and dMRI studies. MOST 103-2410-H-007-033

2013.09 – 2014.08 Project Investigator. Identifying the Neural Substrates of the Ambiguity-Humor Interaction: An fMRI study. NSC 102-2410-H-007-072


CO-PI

2018.08-2021.07 Co-PI, The humor strength of aboriginal and new immigrants’ children- Its mechanisms and intervention effects. MOST 107-2511-H-003-003-MY3.

2018.08-2020.07 Co-PI, Consumer responses to customer service Chatbot humor. MOST 107-2410-H-007-032-MY2.

2018.01-2022.12 Co-project Investigator. Theoretical exploration and pedagogical practice of interdisciplinary learning by cognitive neuroscience technology. Institute for Research Excellence in Learning Sciences of National Taiwan Normal University. Higher Education Sprout Project by the Ministry of Education (MOE) in Taiwan.

2018.01-2022.12 Co-project Investigator. Cognitive aspects of verbal humor production: an fMRI study. Chinese Language and Technology Center of National Taiwan Normal University. Higher Education Sprout Project by the Ministry of Education (MOE) in Taiwan.

2016.01-2016.12 Co-Project Investigator. The neural mechanisms underlying first language learner (L1) and second language learner (L2) in humor comprehension. Aim for the Top University Project of National Taiwan Normal University.

2014.08-2017.07 Co-project Investigator. The effects of aesthetic experiences on facilitating creativity through designed products: An application of fMRI. MOST 103-2511-S-004-002-MY3

2014.01 – 2016.12 Co-project Investigator. A Neural Mechanism Study of Nonsense Humor and Content/Motivation- Oriented Humor: Using fMRI and MEG Investigation. NSC 103-2420-H-003-005-MY3

2014.01-2015.12 Co-project Investigator. The neural mechanisms underlie humor processing in second language learner. Aim for the Top University Project of National Taiwan Normal University under Grant no. 03J1A0202.

2014.04 – 2015.03 Action Adviser. The program of creativity and imagining the future in education. Ministry of Education, Taiwan.

Thesis

I-Fei Chen (2018). Neural mechanisms of anhedonia in Schizophrenia: An fMRI study of emotional experience and motivation in different types of rewards. ILS, NTHU.

Wei-Chih Lai (2018). Correlation of EEG power spectra on humor and creative thinking. ILS, NTHU.

Lin-Yi Wang (2017). Humor and monetary rewards on cognitive processing with event-related potentials. ILS, NTHU.

Yen-Lin Lee (2016). The attentional bias of negative emotional words on gelotophobes: Evidence from eye movement. ILS, NTHU.

Hsin-I Lu (2015). Ambiguity and inference processing in joke comprehension: An eye-movement study. ILS, NTHU.

Yi-Jun Liao (2015). The influence of cues on performance in solving three-dimensional space problems: An eye movement study. ILS, NTHU.

CONTACT

Yu-Chen Chan
National Tsing Hua University
Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling
Cognitive and Human Affective Neuroscience (CHAN lab)
TEL: +886-3-5743043
E-mail:ycchan@mx.nthu.edu.tw
http://mx.nthu.edu.tw/~ycchan/
Address: Room 417, General Building II, No. 101, Sec. 2, Kuang-Fu Rd, Hsinchu 30013, Taiwan