Xianmin Gong, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral researcher



L. Freydefont


Xianmin Gong, Ph.D.
University of Zurich
Department of Psychology
Developmental Psychology: Adulthood
Binzmuehlestrasse 14/11
8050 Zurich / Switzerland
BIN 3.A.01

Research interest

  • Motivational orientation towards gains, maintenance, loss avoidance across adulthood
  • Change of motivation and emotion across adulthood
  • Interplay of emotion and cognition

Brief research statement

Using multiple methodological approaches including self-report and behavioral assessment in both correlative and experimental designs, I investigate age-related changes in motivation, and how such age-related differences impact cognition and behavior. My previous work, that also included neuroimaging, focused on age differences in prioritization of emotional vs. informational goals. My current research will investigate the consequences of age-related motivational changes in response to gains and losses across adulthood.

Selected key publications

  • Gong, X., Zhang, F., & Fung, H. H. (2017). Are older adults more willing to donate? The roles of donation form and social relationship. The Journal of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences.
  • Gong, X., Xiao, H., & Wang, D. (2016). Emotional valence of stimuli modulates false recognition: Using a modified version of the simplified conjoint recognition paradigm. Cognition, 156, 95-105.
  • Gong, X., & Wang, D. (2016). Applicability of the International Affective Picture System in Chinese older adults: A validation study. Psych Journal. 5, 117-124.
  • Gong, X., Fu, Y., Wang, D., Franz, E., & Long, Z. (2014). Remoteness modulates the effects of emotional valence on the neural network of autobiographical memory in older females. The International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 79, 23-54.