Peng-Min Qin

Peng-Min Qin

Visiting Professor

Office phone number+86 20 8521 3863


  • Neuroscience
  • Neuroimaging
  • Consciousness
  • Unresponsive Wakefulness Syndrome

After first training in Chinese Medicine, Professor Qin pursued advanced degrees in neuroscience.  In his research he employs MRI and EEG methodolgies, 

investigating self and consciousness in both healthy subjects and patient populations.  

Some of his recent publications are:  

Pengmin Qin, Xuehai Wu, Zirui Huang, Niall W Duncan, Weijun Tang, Annemarie Wolff, Jin Hu, Liang Gao, Yi Jin, Xing Wu, Jianfeng Zhang, Lu Lu, Chunping Wu, Xiaoying Qu, Ying Mao, Xuchu Weng, Jun Zhang, Georg Northoff. How are different neural networks related to consciousness? Annals of Neurology, 2015,78(4):594-605 (5-year impact factor: 10.79).

Pengmin Qin, Simone Grimm, Niall W Duncan, Yan Fan, Zirui Huang, Timothy Lane, Xuchu Weng, Malek Bajbouj, Georg Northoff. Spontaneous activity in default-mode network predicts ascription of self-relatedness to stimuli. Social cognitive and affective neuroscience, in press (5-year impact factor: 7.332)

Pengmin Qin, Georg Northoff. How is our self related to midline regions and the default-mode network. NeuroImage, 2011, 57, 1221-1233 (5-year impact factor: 7.289)

Pengmin Qin, Xuehai wu, Niall Duncan, Weiqi Bao, Weijun Tang, Zhengwei Zhang, Jin Hu, Yi Jin, Xing Wu, Liang Gao, Lu Lu, Yihui Guan, Ying Mao, Georg Northoff. GABAA receptor deficits predict recovery in patients with vegetative state. Human Brain Mapping, 2015, 36(10):3867-77 (5-year impact factor: 6.69).

Pengmin Qin, Yijun Liu, Jinfu Shi, Yuzhi Wang, Niall Duncan, Qiyong Gong, Xuchu Weng, Georg Northoff. Dissociation between anterior and posterior ortical regions during self-specificity and familiarity: A combined fMRI-meta-analytic study. Human Brain Mapping, 2012, 33: 154-64. (5-year impact factor: 6.69)

Pengmin Qin, Haibo Di, Yijun Liu, Senmin Yu, Qiyong Gong, Niall Duncan, Xuchu Weng, Steven Laureys, Georg Northoff. Anterior cingulate activity and the self in disorders of consciousness. Human Brain Mapping. (2010), 12, 1993-2002. (5-year impact factor: 6.69)

Pengmin Qin, N Duncan, G Northoff. Why and how is the Self-Related to the Brain Midline Regions? Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 2013 (5-year impact factor: 3.28)

Pengmin Qin, Simone Grimm, Niall W Duncan, Giles Holland, Jia shen Guo, Yan Fan, Anne Weigand, Juergen Baudewig, Malek Bajbouj and Georg Northoff. Self-specific stimuli interact differently than non-self-specific stimuli with eyes-open versus eyes-closed spontaneous activity in auditory cortex. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 2013, 7, article 437. (5-year impact factor: 3.28)

Pengming Qin, Niall W. Duncan, Christine Wiebking, Paul Gravel, Oliver Lyttelton, Dave J. Hayes, Jeroen Verhaeghe, Alexey Kostikov, Ralf Schirrmacher, Andrew. J. Reader, Georg Northoff. GABAA receptors in visual and auditory cortex and neural activity changes during basic visual stimulation. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 2012, 6, article 337 (5-year impact factor: 3.28)

Georg Northoff*,Pengmin Qin*, Todd Feinberg. Brain Imaging of the Self - Conceptual, Anatomical and Methodological Issues, Conscious and Cognition, (2011), 20:52-63.  * equal contribution(5-year impact factor: 2.524)

Pengmin Qin, Haibo DI, Xiaodan Yan, Senming Yu, Dan Yu, Steven Laureys, Xuchu Weng, Mismatch negativity to the patient's own name in chronic disorders of consciousness. Neuroscience Letters (2008), 448 (1): 24-8. (5-year impact factor: 2.17)

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