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Yongyu Guo Professor

Research Interests: 
  • Personality variables in Chinese social-historical-cultural background (e.g. the personality and behavior of disadvantaged group members)
  • Values (Confucianism, Taoism, Materialism, Machiavellianism, etc.) and goals
  • Psychological problems in social governance

Educational Background:

PhD (Psychology), School of Educational Science, Nanjing Normal University, 2000

MA (Psychology), Department of Education, Central China Normal University, 1991

BA (Education Studies), Department of Education, Central China Normal University, 1984


Community service

Journal Editing

2014–  Editorial Board Member, Journal of Transpersonal Research, Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain (English Journal)

2009–  Editorial Board Member, Psychological Science (Chinese Journal)

2007–  Editorial Board Member, Psychological Research (Chinese Journal)

2001–  Editorial Board Member, Psychological Exploration (Chinese Journal

Journal Reviewing

Acta Psychologica Sinica (Chinese Journal)

Advances in Psychological Science (Chinese Journal)

Studies of Psychology and Behavior (Chinese Journal)


Research Projects:

1. 2013-2015, Psycho-social Support Research in Crisis Management. National Social Science Foundation of China, ¥300,000.

2. 2012-2015, The Attribution Styles and Coping Strategies to Perceived Distribution Unfairness in Different Social Class. National Natural Science Foundation of China,¥450,000.

3. 2009–10, Visiting scholar program in UK, China Scholarship Council, £5,500.

4. 2007–10, Taoist Personality Structure:Measurement and its Application in Modern Chinese Society. Humanities and Social Sciences Fund, Ministry of Education, ¥50,000.

Journal Articles:

Chinese Articles

Yang, Y. F., & Guo, Y. Y. (2017). The function of psychology in social governance. Bulletin of Chinese Academy of Sciences, 32(2), 107–116.

Guo, Y.Y., & Yang, S. L. (2017). Ideal balance versus realistic ladder: social stratification and fairness researches based on psychological perspectives. Bulletin of Chinese Academy of Sciences, 32(2), 117–127.

Li, K., Guo, Y. Y., & Yang, S. L. (2017). Public risk perception of terror attacks. Advances in Psychological Science, 25(2), 358–369.

Pan, Z., Guo, Y. Y., Xu, B. X., & Yang, S. L. (2017). Agency, communion and their relationship in personality research. Advances in Psychological Science, 25(1), 99–110.

Yang, S. L., Guo, Y. Y., Hu, X. Y., Shu, S. L., & Li, J. (2016). Do lower class individuals possess higher levels of system justification? An examination from the social cognitive perspectives. Acta Psychologica Sinica, 48(11), 1467-1478.

Sun, D. Y., & Guo, Y. Y. (2016). Relative deprivation: wanting, deserving, resentment for not having. Journal of Psychological Science, 39(3), 714-719.

Li, J., Cao, Q., Hu, X. Y., & Guo, Y. Y. (2016). The effect of Materialism on online compulsive buying: mediating role of self-control. Chinese Journal of Clinical Psychology, 24(2), 338-340.

He, J. B., Luo, W. J., Xu, Q. F., & Guo, Y. Y. (2016). The explanation of personality differences from perspective of evolutionary psychology. Journal of Psychological Science, 39(1), 200-206.  

Hu, X. Y., Guo, Y. Y., Li, J., & Yang, S. L. (2016). Perceived societal fairness and goal attainment: The different effects of social class and their mechanism. Acta Psychologica Sinica, 48(3), 271-289.

Hu, X. Y., Zhou, X. Y., & Guo, Y. Y. (2015). Self-verification motivations at the level of relational self: evidence from representative activation and priming experiments. Journal of Soochow University(Educational Science Edition), 4, 42-45.

Guo, Y. Y., & Hu, X. Y. (2015). Trait, motive, narrative: three paradigms and their integration in personality research. Journal of Psychological Science, 38(6), 1489-1495.

Shu, S. L., Guo, Y. Y., & Huang, X. T. (2015). Preliminary exploration on the structure of Chinese Zi Zun. Psychological Exploration, 35(5), 425-431.

Zhou, C. Y., Huang, H., Liu, C. L., Guo, Y. Y., & He, J. B. (2015). The effect of social class on stereotype based on Stereotype Content Model. Studies of Psychology and Behavior, 13(4), 511-515.

Zhou, C. Y., Liu, X., Huang, H., Liu, C. L., & Guo, Y. Y. (2015). Development of belief in a Just World Scale for Chinese Adults. Chinese Journal of Clinical Psychology, 23(4), 580-584.

Guo, Y. Y., & Hu, X. Y. (2015). Individual well-being, social justice and world peace: psychologists’ humane concern. Journal of East China Normal University (Educational Sciences), 2, 55-64.

Guo, Y. Y., Yang, S. L., Li, J., & Hu, X. Y. (2015). Social fairness researches in perspectives of social class psychology. Advances in Psychological Science, 23(8), 1299-1311.

Chen, J. W., Guo, Y. Y., & Hu, X. Y. (2015). Effect of autonomous motivation and family’s social class on the relationship between teacher’s autonomy support and junior middle school students’ academic engagement. Psychological Development and Education, 31(2), 180-187.

Tang, S. J., & Guo, Y. Y. (2015). The structure of Chineses machiavellian personality and questionnaire development. Psychological Exploration, 35(1), 72-77.

English Articles

Zhang, Y. C., Pan, Z., Li, K., Guo, Y. Y *. (2018). Self-serving bias in memories: selectively forgetting the connection between negative information and the self. Experimental Psychology. 65(4), 236-244.

Li, J., & Lu, M.X., Xia, T., & Guo, Y.Y*. (2018). Materialism as compensation for self-esteem among lower-class students. Personality and Individual Differences, 131, 191–196.

He, J. B., Li, B. B., Guo, Y. Y., Naatanen R., Pakarinen, S., & Luo, Y. Effects of alcohol on auditory pre-attentive processing of four sound features: evidence from mismatch negativity. Psychopharmacology. 2013, 225(2): 353-360. doi: 10.1007/s00213-012-2816-8.

Wang, Z., Hu, X. Y., & Guo, Y. Y. Goal contents and goal contexts: Experiments with Chinese students. The Journal of Experimental Education, 2013, 81(1): 105-122. doi: 10.1080/00220973.2012.678407.

 Jin-bo He, Chia-ju Liu, Yong-yu Guo, & Lun Zhao. Facing some problems of processing faces: The early stage of face processing in excessive Internet users. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. 2011, 14 (5): 303-308.



Guo, Y. Y. (Chief Editor and Author) (2016). Explorations in personality. Shanghai: East China Normal University Press.

Guo, Y. Y. (Chief Editor and Author) (2011). Personality psychology. Beijing: Higher Education Press.

Guo, Y. Y. (Chief Editor) (2007). Introduction to personality psychology. Wuhan: Wuhan University Press.

Guo, Y. Y., & Wang, W. (Eds.) (2007). Introduction to psychology. Wuhan: Central China Normal University Press.

Guo, Y. Y. (2005). Personality psychology: Studies of human nature and its differences. Beijing: China Social Science Press.

Guo, Y. Y. (2002). To search for spirit: Theory and practice in transpersonal psychology. Wuhan: Central China Normal University Press.

Guo, Y. Y. (1999). The isolated person in modern society: Erich Fromm’s humanistic psychoanalysis. Wuhan: Hubei Education Press. Republished in traditional Chinese in Taiwan, 2000, Taipei: Owl Publishing House.



Memberships and Honorary Positions

2006–  Committee Member,College Psychology Teaching Steering Committee,Ministry of Education of China

       2009–  Member of Council,Chinese Psychological Society

2009–  Vice Chair, Division of Psychological Theory and History,Chinese Psychological Society

2005–  Vice Chair, Division of Personality Psychology, Chinese Psychological Society



    Mail address:School of Psychology, Nanjing Normal University, 122 Ninghai Road, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, PRC