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Prof. Chang Lei  

Chair Professor and Head of Department

Department of Psychology
Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS)

Room: Humanities and Social Sciences Building E21-3045
Telephone: +(853) 8822 8386

E-mail: chang@um.edu.mo





Academic Qualifications
  • Ph.D., University of Southern California 1992
  • M.S., University of Southern California 1988
  • B.A., English literature, Hebei University 1982
Having served or currently serving on the editorial boards of the following journals:

Acta Psychologica Sinica心理学报; Advance in Psychological Science心理科学进展; Asian Journal of Social Psychology; Child Development Research; Educational and Psychological Measurement; Evolutionary Psychology; Evolutionary Psychological Science; Frontiers in Psychology: Evolutionary Psychology and Neuroscience; International Journal of Educational and Psychological Assessment; International Journal of Behavioral Development; International Journal of Social Research Methodology; Journal of Psychological Science心理科学; Journal of Psychology in Chinese Societies华人心理学报; Parenting: Science and Practice; Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry; Journal of Psychology; Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin

Selected Publications (out of 200 in total; *corresponding author)
  • Putnick, D.L., Bornstein, M.H., Lansford, J.E., Chang, L., et al. (2018). Parental acceptance-rejection and child prosocial behavior. Developmental Psychology.

  • *Chang, L., & Lu, H.J. (2018). Resource and extrinsic risk in defining fast life histories of rural Chinese left-behind children. Evolution and Human Behavior, 39, 59-66.

  • *Chang, L., & Lu, H. J. (2018). Life history theory. In M. H. Bornstein (Ed.) & M. Arterberry, K. Fingerman, & J. E. Lansford (Assoc. Eds.), The SAGE encyclopedia of lifespan human development. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

  • Zhu, N., Hawk, S., & *Chang, L. (2018). Living slow and being moral: Life history predicts the dual process of other-centered reasoning and judgments. Human Nature, 29,186–200.

  • Lansford, J.E., Godwin, J., Bornstein, M.H., Chang, L., et al. (2017). Reward sensitivity, impulse control, and social cognition as mediators of the link between childhood family adversity and externalizing behavior in eight countries. Development and Psychopathology, 29, 1675-1688.

  • Lu, H.J., Wong, K., & *Chang, L. (2017). The association between life history strategy and mate preference in men. Personality and Individual Differences, 116, 157-163.

  • *Chang, L., Lu, H.J., & Zhu, X.Q. (2017). Good genes, good providers, and good fathers and mothers: The withholding of parental investment by married couples. Evolutionary Behavioral Science, 11, 199-211.

  • *Chang, L., & Lu, H. (2017) Environmental risks. In T. K. Shackelford & V. Weekes–Shackelford (Eds.). Encyclopaedia of Evolutionary Psychological Sciences. New York: Springer Meteor.

  • Lu, H.J., & *Chang, L. (2016). Resource allocation to kin, friends, and strangers by 3- to 6-year old children. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 150, 194-206.

  • Chen, B.B., & *Chang, L. (2016). Procrastination as a fast life history strategy. Evolutionary Psychology.

  • Mesoudi, A., Chang, L., Dall, S.R.X., Thornton, A. (2016). The evolution of individual and cultural variation in social learning. Trends in Ecology and Evolution.

  • Chen, B., & *Chang, L. (2015). Creativity and aggression as ornament and armament: Intersexual and intrasexual selection on men’s mating behaviors. Evolutionary Psychology, 13, 262-278.

  • Lu, H.J., Zhu, X., & *Chang, L. (2015). Good genes, good providers, good fathers: Economic development involved in how women select a mate. Evolutionary Behavioral Science, 9, 215-228.

  • Mesoudi, A., Chang, L., Murray, K., & Lu, H.J. (2015). Higher frequency of social learning in China than in the West shows cultural variation in the dynamics of cultural evolution. Proceedings of the Royal Society Biological Sciences.

  • Lu, H.J., & *Chang, L. (2014). Deceiving yourself to better deceive high-status compared to equal-status others. Evolutionary Psychology, 12, 635-654.

  • Peng, M., *Chang, L., & Zhou, R. (2013). Physiological and behavioral responses to strangers compared to friends as a source of disgust. Evolution and Human Behavior, 34, 94-98.

  • Chen, B.B., & *Chang, L. (2012). Adaptive insecure attachment and its relationships with resource control strategies during middle childhood. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 48, 479-482.

  • Wu, B.P., & *Chang, L. (2012). The social impact of pathogen threat: How disease salience influences conformity. Personality and Individual Differences, 53, 50-54.

  • Lu, H. J., & *Chang, L. (2012). Automatic attention towards face or body as a function of mating motivation. Evolutionary Psychology, 10, 120-135.

  • Chen, B.B. & *Chang, L. (2012). Bitter struggle for survival: Evolved bitterness embodiment of survival motivation. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 579-582.

  • Lu, H. J., & *Chang, L. (2011). The association between self-deception and moral self-concept as functions of self-consciousness. Personality and Individual Differences, 51, 845-849.

  • *Chang, L., Lu, H. J., Li, H., & Li, T. (2011). The face that launched a thousand ships: The mating-warring association in men. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 37, 976-984.

  • *Chang, L., Wang, Y., Shackelford, T. K, & Buss, D. M. (2011). Cultural evolution and continuity in Chinese mate preferences across a quarter of a century. Personality and Individual Differences, 50, 678-683.

  • *Chang, L., Chen, B-B., & Ji, L. (2011). Attributions and attitudes of mothers and fathers in China. Parenting: Science and Practice. 11, 102-115.

  • *Chang, L., Mak, M. C. K., Li, T., Wu, B. P., Lu, H. J., & Chen, B. B. (2011). Cultural adaptations to environmental variability: An evolutionary account of East-West differences. Educational Psychology Review, 23, 99-129.

  • *Chang, L., Lu, H. J., Li, H., Lee, L. Y., Li, T., & Sui, S. (2010). Patrilocal residence and father-child resemblance beliefs in relation to paternal investment. Parenting: Science and Practice, 10, 274-285.

  • Lu, H. J., & *Chang, L. (2009). Kinship effect on subjective temporal distance of autobiographical memory. Personality and Individual Differences, 47, 595-598.

  • *Chang, L., Liu, H., Fung, K. Y., Wang, Y., Wen, Z., Li, H., & Farver, J. M. (2007). The mediating and moderating effects of teacher preference on the relations between students’ social behaviors and peer acceptance. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 53, 603-630.

  • *Chang, L., Li, L., Li, K. K., Lui, H., Guo, B., Wang, Y., & Fung, K.Y. (2005). Peer acceptance and self-perceptions of verbal and behavioral aggression and social withdrawal. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 29, 48-57.

  • *Chang, L. (2004). The role of classrooms in contextualizing the relations of children’s social behaviors to peer acceptance. Developmental Psychology, 40, 691-702.

  • *Chang, L., Lansford, J. E., Schwartz, D., & Farver, J. M. (2004). Marital quality, maternal depressed affect, harsh parenting and child externalising in Hong Kong Chinese families. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 28, 311-318.

  • *Chang, L., Liu, H., Wen, Z., Fung, K. Y., Wang, Y., & Xu, Y. (2004). Mediating teacher liking and moderating authoritative teachering on Chinese students’ perceptions of antisocial and prosocial behaviors. Journal of Educational Psychology, 96, 369-380.

  • *Chang, L., Schwartz, D., Dodge, K., & McBride-Chang, C. (2003). Harsh parenting in relation to child emotion regulation and aggression. Journal of Family Psychology, 17, 598-606.

  • Chen, X., Chang, L., & He, Y. (2003). The peer group as a social context: Mediating and moderating effects on relations between academic achievement and social functioning in Chinese children. Child Development, 74, 710-727.

  • *Chang, L. (2003). Variable effects of children’s aggression, social withdrawal, and prosocial leadership as functions of teacher beliefs and behaviors. Child Development, 74, 535-548.

  • *Chang, L., McBride-Chang, C. Stewart, S., & Au, E. (2003). Life satisfaction, self-concept, and family relations in Chinese adolescents and children. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 27, 182-190.