Prof. WANG Xijing (王蹊徑)

 PhD (University College London)

Visiting address
Phone: +852 34428262

Author IDs

Willing to take PhD students: yes
Willing to talk to media: yes


Dr. Wang is a social psychologist, focusing on three broad research themes: 1) Objectification and Dehumanization; 2) Immoral Behaviour, Aggression, and Self-Interested Behaviour; 3) Inequality, Social Power, Social Dominance, and Hierarchy.

She uses a combination of methods, including laboratory and online experiments (e.g., face-perception, economic games, and behavioural paradigms), quasi-experiments/ special sample studies, surveys, and using ecological and archival data (e.g., Google Ngram).


  • 2021, Sep.--- Present. Assistant Professor, Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences, City University of Hong kong.
  • 2019, Jan. ---2021, Aug. Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychology, The University of Hong Kong.
  • 2014, Oct. --- 2018, Sep. Ph.D. in Social Psychology, Department of Experimental Psychology, University College London.
  • 2017, Feb. --- 2017, May. Visiting Ph.D. Student. University of Southern California.
  • 2013, Sep. --- 2014, Aug. MSc in Research Methods in Psychology (Distinction), Department of Experimental Psychology, University College London.
  • Before 2013 --- my "past life" :-)

Research Interests/Areas

1) Objectification and Dehumanization

*denotes the corresponding author

Cheng, L.. & Wang, X.* (in press). Shining our humanity: The benefits of awe on self-humanity. Emotion.

Cheng, L., Hao, M., Wang, X., Li, Z., & Wang, F. (2023). ‘You are a useful person’: Economic inequality leads people to approach others in an instrumental way. European Journal of Social Psychology.

Wang, X., Chen, H., Shi, J., & Chen, Z. (2022) Threatened Humanity in a Tight World: Cultural Tightness Results in Self-Objectification. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations.

Wang, X., Chen, H., & Chen, Z. (2022). Women’s self-objectification under competition when they believe sex is power. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 51(6), 2837-2854.

Shi, J., Wang, X.,* & Chen, Z.* (2022). Polluted humanity: Air pollution leads to the dehumanization of oneself and others. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 101873.

Wang, X., Chen, H., Chen, Z., & Luo, S. (2022). An exchange orientation results in an instrumental approach in intimate relationships. British Journal of Social Psychology61(4), 1144-1159.

Shi, J., Wang, X.,* Teng, F., & Chen, Z. (2022). A Little Appreciation Goes a Long Way: Gratitude Reduces Objectification. Journal of Positive Psychology.

Wang, X., #* Chen, H.,# Chen, Z., & Yang, Y. (2021). Women’s intrasexual competition results in beautification. Social Psychological and Psychological Science, 12(5), 648-657. 

Wang, X.* & Krumhuber, E. G. (2018). Mind perception of robots varies with their economic versus social function. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 1230.

Wang, X.* & Krumhuber, E. G. (2017). The love of money results in objectification. British Journal of Social Psychology56, 354-372. 

2) Immoral Behaviour, Aggression, and Self-Interested Behaviour

Wang, X., Chen, Z., Van Tongeren, D. R., DeWall, C. N., & Yang, F. (2023). Permitting immoral behaviour: A generalized compensation belief hypothesis. British Journal of Psychology114(1), 21-38.

Teng, F., Wang, X.,* Zhang, Y., Lei, Q., Xiang, F., & Yuan, S. (2022). Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, I Deserve More Than All: Perceived Attractiveness and Self-Interested Behavior. Evolution and Human Behavior43(6), 536-547.

Teng, F., Shi, J., Wang, X.,* & Chen, Z. (2022). The Association between COVID-19-Related Wellbeing with Materialism and Perceived Threat. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health19(2), 912.

Wang, X.,*  Chen, Z., G Krumhuber, E., & Chen, H. (2021). Money and flexible generosity. British Journal of Social Psychology60(4), 1262-1278.

Teng, F., Wang, X.,* Shi, J., Chen, Z., Huang, Q., & Cheng, W. (2021). Psychosomatic symptoms and neuroticism following CoViD-19: the role of online aggression toward a stigmatized group. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health18(16), 8672.

Wang, X.,* Krumhuber, E. G., & Gratch, J. (2018). The interpersonal effects of emotions in money versus candy games. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology79, 315-327. 

3) Inequality, Social Power, Social Dominance, and Hierarchy

Chen, H., Wang, X.,* Zang, H., & Guinote, A. (2023). We Need Tough Brothers and Sisters in a Tight World: Cultural Tightness Leads to a Preference for Dominant and Muscular Leaders. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. DOI: 10.1177/01461672231169107

Wang, X., Wang, X., & Chen, Z. (2023). High Social Mobility Leads to Delayed Reproduction. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 1-13.

Teng, F., Wang, X.,* Li, Y. A., Zhang, Y., & Lei, Q. (2022). Personal Relative Deprivation Increases Men's (but Not Women's) Hostile Sexism: The Mediating Role of Sense of Control. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 03616843221145877.

Krumhuber, E. G., Wang, X., & Guinote, A. (2022) The Powerful Self: How Social Power and Gender Influence Face Perception. Current Psychology, 1-15.

Chen, H.,# Wang, X.,#* Zang, H., & Guinote, A. (2021) Being a tough person in a tight world: cultural tightness leads to a desire for muscularity. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. 96, 104183

Shi, J., Chen, Z., Wang, X., Yang, Y., & Chen, H. (2021) Dominate others, hurt self: Social dominance orientation predicts depression during the COVID-19 pandemic. Personality and Individual Differences. 175, 110710.

Wang, X.,* Chen, Z.,* & Krumhuber, E. G. (2020). Money: an integrated review and synthesis from a psychological perspective. Review of General Psychology, 24(2), 172-190.

Wang, X.,* Guinote, A., & Krumhuber, E. G. (2018). Dominance biases in the perception and memory for the faces of powerholders, with consequences for social inferences. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology78, 23-33.



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SS1101 Basic Psychology (undergraduate)

SS2028 Basic Psychology II (undergraduate)

SS2701 Developmental Psychology (undergraduate)

SS4708 Research Project in Psychology (undergraduate)

SS5753 Advanced Social Psychology (postgraduate)

SS5752 Life Span Development (postgraduate)

SS5798 Dissertation (postgraduate)

SS6805 Project (postgraduate)

SS8804 Enhancing Social Science Competence (Guest Lecturing, Mphil/PhD)