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Rui Sun

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PhD, Psychology, University of Cambridge
MRes, Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London
BSc, Psychology, Peking University


Rui Sun is a Principal Researcher at the Center for Decision Research. Prior to joining CDR, Rui was a postdoc researcher at the Department of Social Psychology, University of Amsterdam, working on large-scale, cross-cultural studies on emotional experience and psychological wellbeing. She did her Ph.D. in social psychology at the University of Cambridge, working on socioeconomic status, prosocial behaviors, and wellbeing. She also holds a Research Master's degree in Cognitive Neuroscience from University College London, and a BS in Psychology at Peking University.


Rui Sun's research interests include: wellbeing, emotion, culture, prosociality, social media, socioeconomic status. She uses both quantitative methods (big data analysis, questionnaire, online and lab experiments, experience sampling method on smartphones) and qualitative methods (such as theme coding interviews, and content analysis) to research these topics. She is specifically interested in applying computational methods in studying human wellbeing and emotions across different socioeconomic status and cultures.


Sun, R., Rieble, C., Liu, Y., & Sauter, D. A. (Accepted/In press). Connected despite lockdown: The role of social interactions and social media use in wellbeing. Collabra: Psychology.

Kamiloglu, R. G., Cong, Y., Sun, R., & Sauter, D. A. (Accepted/In press). Emotions Across Cultures. In L. Al-Shawaf, & T. K. Shackelford (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Evolution and the Emotions Oxford University Press.

Sun, R., & Sauter, D. (2021). Sustained Stress Reduces the Age Advantages in Emotional Experience of Older Adults: Commentary on Carstensen et al. (2020). Psychological Science, 32(12), 2035-2041.

Sun, R., Hou, W. K., Hui, B. P. H., Siu, NY-F., Engels, T., & Sauter, D. A. (2021). Perception and evaluation of 23 positive emotions in Hong Kong and the Netherlands. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, [579474].

Cordaro, D. T., Sun, R., Kamble, S., Hodder, N., Monroy, M., Cowen, A., Bai, Y., & Keltner, D. (2020). The recognition of 18 Facial-Bodily Expressions Across Nine Cultures. Emotion, 20(7), 1292-1300.

Sauter, D. A., Crasborn, O., Engels, T., Kamiloğlu, R. G., Sun, R., Eisner, F., & Haun, D. B. M. (2020). Human emotional vocalisations can develop in the absence of auditory learning. Emotion, 20(8), 1435-1445.

Sun, R., Vuillier, L., Deakin, J., & Kogan, A. (2020). Oxytocin Increases Emotional Theory of Mind, But Only for Low Socioeconomic Status Individuals. Heliyon, 6(3), [e03540].

Pavarini, G., Sun, R., Mahmoud, M., Cross, I., Schnall, S., Fischer, A., Deakin, J., Ziauddeen, H., Kogan, A., & Vuillier, L. (2019). The role of oxytocin in the facial mimicry of affiliative vs. non-affiliative emotions. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 109, [104377].

Sun, R., Vuillier, L., Hui, B. P. H., & Kogan, A. (2019). Caring helps: Trait empathy is related to better coping strategies and differs in the poor versus the rich. PLoS ONE, 14(3), [e0213142].

Cordaro, D. T., Sun, R., Keltner, D., Kamble, S., Huddar, N., & McNeill, G. (2018). Universals and cultural variations in 22 emotional expressions across five cultures. Emotion, 18(1), 75-93.