Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Life Sciences - Department of Psychology

Dr. Muyu Lin

Dr. Muyu Lin
research assistant
muyu.lin (at)

Humboldt-Universität → Präsidium → Lebenswissenschaftliche Fakultät → Institut für Psychologie → Klinische Psychologie Sozialer Interaktion
Visiting address
Rudower Chaussee 18 , Room 0211
Phone number
(030) 2093-4835
(030) 2093-4859
Mailing address
Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin

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Since 01/2020

Postdoctoral Researcher,

Social Cognition Group, Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany


Postdoctoral Researcher,

Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany


Visiting Scholar,

Psychotherapy and Emotion Research Laboratory, Boston University, Boston, USA


PhD in Psychology,

School of Psychological and Cognitive Sciences, Peking University (Beijing University), China


Bachelor of Philosophy (Double Degree),

Department of Philosophy, Peking University, Beijing, China


Bachelor of Science (Psychology),

School of Psychological and Cognitive Sciences, Peking University, Beijing, China


Research interests

I am interested in the psychological processes of social interaction. Particularly, I am interested in the approach-avoidance behaviors towards social stimuli, attention bias in socially anxious individuals, school bullying and related positive coping factors. Furthermore, I am interested in emotional episodic memories, especially traumatic intrusive memories.



Lin, M., Wen, X., Qian, M., He, D., & Zlomuzica, A. (2020). Self-focused attention vs. negative attentional bias during public speech task in socially anxious individuals. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 136.

Lin, M., Wolke, D., Schneider, S., & Margraf, J. (2020). Bullies Get Away With It, But Not Everywhere: Mental Health Sequelae of Bullying in Chinese and German Students. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology.

Lin, M., Wolke, D., Schneider, S., & Margraf, J. (2020). Bullying History and Mental Health in University Students: The Mediator Roles of Social Support, Resilience, and Self-efficacy. Frontiers in Psychiatry.

Lin, M., Qian, M., He, D., Li, X. (2020). Avoidance of all feedback? Attention allocation during and after public speech in social anxiety. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry.

Bibi, A., Lin, M., Zhang, X., & Margraf, J. (2020). Psychometric properties and measurement invariance of Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scales (DASS-21) across cultures. International Journal of Psychology.

Bibi, A., Lin, M., & Margraf, J. (2020). Salutogenic Constructs across Pakistan and Germany. International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology, 20(1), 1-9.

Chen, H., Rodriguez, M. A., Qian, M., Kishimoto, T., Lin, M., & Berger, T. (2020). Predictors of treatment outcomes and adherence in internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy for social anxiety in China. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 1-13.

Lin, M., Bieda, A., & Margraf, J. (2019). Cultural validation of the sense of coherence scale (SOC-L9) in the USA, Germany, and China. European journal of psychological assessment.

Lin, M. *, Hirschfeld, G., & Margraf, J. (2019). Brief form of the perceived social support questionnaire (F-SozU K-6): validation, norms, and cross-cultural measurement Invariance in the USA, Germany, Russia, and China. Psychologial Assessment.

Bieda, A. *, Hirschfeld, G., Brailovskaia, J., Schönfeld, P., Lin, M., & Margraf, J. (2019). Happiness, Life Satisfaction and Positive Mental Health: Investigating Reciprocal Effects over Four Years in a Chinese Student Sample. Journal of Research in Personality.

Cai, D., Zhu, M., Lin, M.*, Zhang, X. C., & Margraf, J. (2017). The bidirectional relationship between positive mental health and social rhythm in college students: a three-year longitudinal study. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 1119.

Lin, M., Wang, N., Qian, M.*, Zhao, C., Xu, K., & Guan, R. (2016). 女大学生中共情对自我中心和利他行为关系的调节作用(The moderate effect of empathy on the relationship between altruism and egocentrism in female university students). Journal of Psychological Science, 39(4), 977-984.

Wang, X., Qian, M.*, Yu, H., Sun, Y., Li, S., Yang, P., Lin, M., Yao, N., & Zhang, X. (2016). Social anxiety and interpretation bias: effect of positive priming. Psychological reports, 119(2), 539-556.

Chen, S., Yao, N., Qian, M.*, & Lin, M. (2016). Attention biases in high social anxiety using a flanker task. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 51, 27-34.

Lin, M., Hofmann, S.G., Qian, M.*, Kind, S., & Yu, H. (2015). Attention allocation in social anxiety during a speech task. Cognition and Emotion, 1-15.

Lin, M., Hofmann, S.G., Qian, M.*, & Li, S. (2015). Enhanced association between perceptual stimuli and trauma-related information in individuals with posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 46, 202–207.

Yang, P., Jiang, J., Li, S., Yao, N., Yu, H., Wang, X., Lin, M., Qian, M.* (2015). 社交焦虑大学生对正性评价解释偏向的初步探究 (Preliminary study on interpretative bias of positive evaluation in socially anxious college students).Chinese Mental Health Journal,29(12),933-938.

Hofmann, S.G.*, Petrocchi, N., Steinberg, J., Lin, M., Arimitsu, K., Kind, S., Mendes, A., & Stangier, U. (2015). Loving-kindness meditation: targeting positive affect in mood disorders. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2015, 1-11.

Hofmann, S.G.*, Brager, D., Lin, M., Shangguan, F., & Petrocchi, N. (2014). The quality of empirically supported treatment studies. The Clinical Psychologist, 67, 4-13.

Yu, H., Li, S., Qian, M.*, Yang, P., Wang, X., Lin, M., & Yao, N. (2014). Time-course of attentional bias for positive social words in individuals with high and low social anxiety. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 42, 479–490.

Yao, N., Li, S., Qian, M.*, Yu, H., Lin, M., Wang, X., & Yang, P. (2013). 高社交焦虑个体对正性面孔的情绪启动效应 (Affective priming effect of positive faces in high social anxiety individuals). Journal of Psychological Science, 36, 1106-1109.

Yu, H., Li, S., Qian, M.*, Wang, X., Yang, P., Lin, M., Yao, N., & Chen, S. (2013). 注意偏向假说及其在社交焦虑群体中的应用 (Hypotheses of attentional bias and applications to socially anxious individuals). Chinese Journal of Clinical Psychology, 21, 446-449.

Yao, N., Li, S., Qian, M.*, Yu, H., Lin, M., Wang, X., & Yang, P. (2012). 高社交焦虑个体对正性面孔的解释偏差 (Interpretative biases for positive faces in high socially anxious individuals). Chinese Mental Health Journal, 26, 680-685.

Yao, N., Li, S., Qian, M.*, Yu, H., Wang, X., Lin, M., & Zhao, X. (2012). 社交焦虑个体对正性面孔刺激的解释偏差 (Interpretation biases for positive facial stimuli in social anxiety). Journal of Psychological Science, 35, 1294-1297.

Yang, F., Lin, M., & Qian, M.*(2010). 地震后青少年社会支持与创伤后成长关系的研究 (A study of the relationship between posttraumatic growth and social support in children and adolescents following Wenchuan earthquake). Chinese Journal of Clinical Psychology, 18, 614-617.

Wang, Y., Gao, J., Lin, M. & Qian, M.*, Li, S., Deng, J., Wang, T., Liu, X., & He, Q. (2010). 地震对重灾区与一般灾区高中生的心理冲击 (Psycho stress difference between worst-hit area and slight-hit area after Sichuan earthquake). Chinese Mental Health Journal, 24, 67-68.