SUN Xiaomin

Associate Professor



Research Interests: decision-making (e.g., risk decision-making, consumption decision-making, judicial decision making); income inequality; relative deprivation

Personal resume

Education background

●  Harvard University, Postdoctoral Fellow, Social and Organizational Psychology, 2009-2010

  Beijing Normal University, Ph.D., Psychology, 2005

  Northwest University, M.A., Management, 2001

  Northwest University, B.A., Management, 1998

Work Experience

  Associate Professor, Beijing Normal University, 2008- present

  Visiting Scholar, Harvard University, Department of Psychology, 2015-2017

  Assistant Professor, Beijing Normal University, 2005-2008

  Lecturer, Northwest University, 2001-2002

Scientific research

Scientific research

List of projects

  The dual pathway mechanism of the effects of income inequality on conspicuous consumption: From the perspective of assimilation and contrast effects. National Natural Science Foundation of China, 2020.1-2023.12

  Relative deprivation and risk taking: Risk-sensitivity theory and the open system perspective. Beijing Natural Science Foundation, 2020.1-2022.12

  The psychological stress and decision making of judicial personnel, National Key Research and Development Project, 2020.7- 2023.6

  Information Sharing during group decision making in crisis situations. National Natural Science Foundation of China, 2012-2015

List of papers

Journal articles

Fei, L., Shi, H., Sun, X.*, Liu, J., Shi, H., & Zhu, Y. (2020). The Profile of Ponzi Scheme Victims in China and the Characteristics of Their Decision making Process. Deviant Behavior. doi:10.1080/01639625.2020.1768639

Bao, R., Sun, X.*, Liu, Z., Fu, Z., & Xue, G. (2020). Dispositional greed inhibits prosocial behaviors: An emotive-social cognitive dual-process model. Current Psychology.

An, Y., Sun, X.*, Wang, K., Shi, H., Zhu, Y., Liu, Z., Luo, F., Xue, G. (2020). Core self-evaluations associated with workaholism: The mediating role of perceived job demands. Personnel Review. doi:10.1108/PR-05-2019-0263

Yuan, Y., Sun, X.*, Chen, Q., Liu, Z., & Xue, G. (2020). Family socioeconomic status and youth leadership potential: Serial mediating effects of parental rearing behaviors and youth self-esteem. Current Psychology. doi:10.1007/s12144-020-00728-x

Jiang, X., Hu, X., Liu, Z., Sun, X.*, & Xue, G. (2020). Greed as an adaptation to anomie: The mediating role of belief in a zero-sum game and the buffering effect of internal locus of control. Personality and Individual Differences, 152, 109566. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2019.109566.

Liu, Z., Sun, X.*, Guo, Y., & Luo, F. (2019). Mindful parenting inhibits adolescents from being greedy: The mediating role of adolescent core self-evaluations. Current Psychology, doi:10.1007/s12144-019-00577-3.

Liu, Z., Sun, X.*, & Tsydypov, L. (2019). Scarcity or luxury: Which leads to adolescent greed? Evidence from a large-scale Chinese adolescent sample. Journal of adolescence, 77, 32–40.

Yuan, Y., Chen, Q., Sun, X.*, Liu, Z., Xue, G., & Yang, D. (2019). Development and Preliminary Validation of the Youth Leadership Potential Scale. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 2310. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02310.

Zhu, Y., Sun X.*, Liu, S and Xue, G. (2019) Is Greed a Double-Edged Sword? The Roles of the Need for Social Status and Perceived Distributive Justice in the Relationship Between Greed and Job Performance. Frontiers in Psychology. 10:2021. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02021

Liu, Z., Sun, X.*, Ding, X., Hu, X., Xu, Z., & Fu, Z. (2019). Psychometric properties of the Chinese version of the dispositional greed scale and a portrait of greedy people. Personality and Individual Differences, 137, 101–109. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2018.08.012

Liu, Y., Fei, L., Sun, X.*, Wei, C., Luo, F., Li, Z., Shen, L., Xue, G., & Lin, X. (2018). Parental rearing behaviors and adolescent's social trust: Roles of adolescent self-esteem and class justice climate. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 27(5), 1415–1427. doi:10.1007/s10826-017-1010-3

Wei, C., Sun, X.*, Liu, J., Zhou, C., & Xue, G. (2017) High power distance enhances employees’ preference for likable managers: A resource dependency perspective. Frontiers in Psychology. 7, 2066. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.02066 

Sun, X.*, Wei, C., Chen, T., Fei, L., & Xue, G., (2017). The influences of incompetent expert on group interaction patterns: Group member compensation effect. Psychological Science (in Chinese), 40(1), 181–186.

Sun, X.*, Jie, Y., Wang, Y., Xue, G., & Liu, Y. (2016). Shared leadership improves team novelty: The mechanism and its boundary condition. Frontiers in Psychology. 7, 1964. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01964

Tierney, W., Schweinsberg, M., Jordan, J., Kennedy, D. M., Qureshi, I., Sommer, S. A., … Sun, X., ... & Zhu, L. L. (2016). Data from a pre-publication independent replication initiative examining ten moral judgement effects. Scientific data, 3, 160082.

Jie, Y., & Sun, X.* (2016). Shared leadership: Concepts, measurement and mechanisms. Soft Science (in Chinese). 30(6), 79–82.

Zhan, X., Sun, X.*, & Xue, G. (2016). Establishing framework for team effectiveness in crisis: An IMOI model. Journal of Beijing Normal University (Social Sciences) (in Chinese). 254(2), 47–56.

Chen, T., & Sun, X.* (2016). Shared information bias in group decision-making: Based on hidden profile paradigm. Advances in Psychological Science (in Chinese). 185(24), 132–142.

Zhang, M., Bian R., Sun, X., & Che, H. (2016). A study on participants' faking in personnel selection using situational judgment test. Journal of Beijing Normal University (Natural Science) (in Chinese). 52(1), 117–121.

Madan, N., Schweinsberg, M., Sommer, A., Zhu, L., Tannenbaum, D., Heinze, J., Srinivasan, M., … Sun, X., …  & Uhlmann, E.L. (2014) The pipeline project: Pre-publication independent replications of a single laboratory’s research pipeline. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. 66(2016), 55–67.

Yang, X., Liu, L., Shi, Y., Li, Y., Tan, X., Hu, X., & Sun, X. (2015). The relationship between cultural anxiety and ethnic essentialism: The mediating role of an endorsement of multicultural ideology. PloS one, 10(11), e0141875.

Sun, X.*, Xu, D., Luo, F., Wei, Z., Wei, C., & Xue, G. (2015). A cross-cultural perspective on the preference for potential effect: An individual participant data (IPD) meta-analysis approach. PLoS ONE 10(3), e0124170. doi:10.1371/journal. pone.0124170

Zhang, X., Zheng, J., Liu, L., Zhao, X. & Sun, X. (2014). The Effect of group boundary permeability on intergroup prejudice: The case of rural-to-urban migrants in China. Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology. 8, 53–61. doi:10.1017/prp.2014.7

Wei, Z., Zhan, X., & Sun, X.* (2015). The development of corruption: Using latent growth mixture modeling. Journal of Psychological Science (in Chinese). 38(6), 1459–1465.

Sun, X.*, & Xue, G. (2013). Top management team composition: From individual attribute composition model to role composition model. Modernization of Management (in Chinese). 5, 71–73.

Sun, X.*, & Che, H. (2012). Graduate student competencies research in west countries and its application to the retest of graduate student candidates in China. Comparative Education Review (in Chinese). 9, 48–53.

Xue, G., & Sun, X.* (2011) Construction and validation of self-management scale. Creative Education, 2(2), 142–147.

Xue, G., & Sun, X.* (2011). The inspiration of the graduate admission methods in western countries to the re-test of graduate school applicants in China. Education Science (in Chinese). 27(4), 67–78.

Wang, F., Liu, L., Xu, Y., Jiang, J., & Sun, X.* (2011). Social psychology: Exploring the reciprocal influence of the individual and social context, and promoting social harmony and sustainable development. Bulletin of Chinese Academy of Science (in Chinese). 26(6), 640–649.

Du, W., Yan, C., & Sun, X.* (2009). An experimental research on linguistic intergroup bias, Psychological Science (in Chinese). 32(1), 106–109.

Sun, X.*, Zhang, H., Xue, G., & Li, J. (2009). The application of the multivariate generalizability theory to a structured interview, Psychological Science (in Chinese). 32(4), 77–80.

Du, W., Yan, C., & Sun, X.* (2009). Research on induction-deduction asymmetry in social cognition. Advances in Psychological Science (in Chinese). 17(5), 1075–1080.

Sun, X.*, & Guan, D. (2009). A Comparative study on classical test theory and item response theory. China Examinations (in Chinese). 9, 10–17.

Sun, X.*, & Che, H. (2008). How to design interesting work based on job characteristic model. Chinese Human Resource Development (in Chinese). 3, 37–41.

Sun, X.*, & Xue, G. (2008). The Many-faceted Rasch model and its application in structured interviews. Psychological Exploration (in Chinese). 28(2), 75–80.

Sun, X.*, & Xue, G. (2008). A review of study on self-management. Advances in Psychological Science (in Chinese). 16(1), 106–113.

Li, J., Du, W., & Sun, X.* (2008). Metacognitive regulation: Status quo and developing trend. Journal of Beijing Normal University (in Chinese). 207(3), 21–28.

Sun, X.*, & Xue, G. (2008). A many-faceted rasch model analysis of structured interview. Acta Psychologica Sinica (in Chinese). 40(9), 1030–1040.

Kong, M., & Sun, X.* (2008). The new development of Wechsler intelligence scales for children. Psychological Science (in Chinese). 31(4), 999–1001.

Sun, X.*, & Huang, Q. (2007). Fracture and continuity—the prosperity and wane of modern chinese academies. Journal of Nantong University (Education Sciences Edition) (in Chinese). 23(4), 57–60.

Sun, X.*, & Zhang, H. (2007). A rating scale analysis by using the modern test theory. Chinese Journal of Applied Psychology (in Chinese). 13(3), 250–256.

Sun, X.*, & Zhang, H. (2006). An IRT analysis of rater bias in structured interview of national civilian candidates. Acta Psychologica Sinica (in Chinese). 38(4), 614–625.

Wei, G., Li, Y., & Sun, X.* (2006). Research on application of Generalizability theory in performance evaluation of sport events. Journal of Beijing Sport University (in Chinese). 29(1), 53–55.

Sun, X.*, & Zhang, H. (2005). A comparative study on methods used in estimating the inter-rater reliability of performance assessment. Psychological Science (in Chinese). 28(3), 646–649.

Sun, X.*, & Zhang, H. (2004). The evolving concept of validity and its new development. Psychological Science (in Chinese). 27(1), 234–235.

Sun, X. (2013). Fast Changing China Needs its Own Organizational Behavior Research and Theory. Handbook of Chinese Organizational Behavior: Integrating Theory, Research and Practice by Xu Huang and Michael Harris Bond. PsycCRITIQUES, 58(27).

Conference papers

Wei, Z., Sun, X. (2013) The Development of Corruption Behavior and the Impact of Risk Probability and Controllability on Corruption. International Conference for Chinese Psychologists. Beijing, China. (8.26-28)

Zhou, A., & Sun, X. (2011). Motivated information processing in groups: high epistemic motivation can help to see the dissent effect in Hidden Profile situations clearly? The 9th Biennial Conference of Asian Association of Social Psychology, Kunming, China. (7.28-31)

Sun, X., & Xue, G. (2010). The competency model of graduate students majored in Forestry, 35th International Congress on Assessment Center Methods, Singapore, (10.20-21)

Sun, X., & Xue, G. (2010). Construction and Validation of Self Management Scale. Paper presented at the 118th APA annual convention, San Diego, USA. (8.12-8.15)

Sun, X., & Xue, G. (2008). A research on chinese consumers' mental accounting. Paper presented at the the XXIX International Congress of Psychology, Berlin, Germany.

Sun, X., & Xue, G. (2008). Using multivariate generalizability theory in structured interview. Paper presented at the the XXIX International Congress of Psychology, Berlin, Germany.

Sun, X., & Zhang, H. (2008). Using many-faceted rasch model in rating scale analysis. Paper presented at the the XXIX International Congress of Psychology, Berlin, Germany.

Zhang, F., Gao, X., Sun, X., Zheng, Z., & Li, R. (2004). The comparison of children's intellectual characteristics between subclinical cretinism and cultural mental retardation. International Journal of Psychology, 39(5/6 October-December), 253.

Sun, X., & Zhang, H. (2004). Research on the measurement of self-management of college students. International Journal of Psychology, 39(5/6 October-December), 323.


List of publications

Sun, X. (2017). Group Dynamic (in Chinese). Beijing: Peking University Press

Sun, X. (2014). Selecting successful graduate students: what and how (in Chinese). Beijing: Beijing Normal University Press.

Fang, L. & Sun, X. (2009). Foundations of psychological testing: A practical approach (2nd Edition) (translate into Chinese). Beijing: China Light Industry Press

Li, Y., Zhang, W., Yu, H., Wang, C., Sun, X. (2008) Organizational Behavior (3rd Edition) (in Chinese). Beijing: Higher Education Press

Teaching experience

  Organizational Psychology (undergraduate level)

  Team and Organization (graduate level)

  Social Psychology in Organization (MBA)

  Psychology of Judgement and Decision Making (undergraduate level)

  Psychological Measurement (undergraduate level)

Social service

Associate Editor

  Frontiers in psychology. Frontiers Media. 2018-now

Journal Ad-Hoc Reviewer

  Journal of contingencies and crisis management

  Asian Journal of Social Psychology

  Journal of community & applied social psychology

  Acta Psychologica Sinica (in Chinese)

  Advances in Psychological Science (in Chinese)

  Psychological Science (in Chinese)

Grant Assessment

  Chinese National Science Foundation, China


  Deputy secretary-general, Chinese Association of Social Psychology, 2018-now

  Deputy secretary-general, Beijing Association of Social Psychology

  Editorial Director, Journal of Social Psychology, 2018-now

  Deputy director, Journal of Social Psychology, 2010-2018

  Fellow, Division of Organizational Psychology, Chinese Association of Social Psychology, 2018-now

  Fellow, Division of Economic Psychology, Chinese Psychological Society, 2018-now

  Fellow, Chinese Psychological Society- Youth Branch, 2018-now

  Fellow, Division of Applied Psychology, Chinese Association of Social Psychology, 2018-now

  Member, American Psychological Association

  Member, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology

  Planning Committee Member, 35th International Congress on Assessment Center Methods


Honors and awards

●  The Pengnian Foundation's distinguished Young Teacher Award, Beijing Normal University, 2020.8

  Excellence in Mentoring Award, Beijing Normal University Undergraduate Student Council, 2017-2018

  Excellence in Mentoring Award, Beijing Normal University Undergraduate Student Council, 2013-2014

  Excellence in Mentoring Prize, Beijing Normal University Undergraduate Student Council, 2016.

  Teaching Excellence Award, Beijing Normal University Graduate Student Council, 2011-2012

  Teaching Excellence Prize, Beijing Normal University Undergraduate Student Council, 2010

  Excellent Contribution Award to the 28th International Congress of Psychology, International Union of Psychological Science, 2004

  Author of the “Annual Excellent Research Article in the Journal of Chinese Psychological Science”, Chinese Psychological Society, 2016

  Outstanding Graduate Award, Beijing Normal University, 2005

  Beijing Normal University Merit Prize, 2003, 2004, 2005

  Northwest University Merit Prize, 1999, 2000, 2001

Supervising Students

  Doctoral students

1.   Zhenzhen Liu

2.   Shuting Yang

3.   Yiqin Lin

  Master students

4.   Anmei Zhou

5.   Xuemei Zhan

6.   Zihan Wei

7.   Ting Chen

8.   Yuan Jie

9.   Cong Wei

10.   Leishi Fei

11.   Yiming Zhu

12.   Zhenzhen Liu

13.   Lubsan Tsydypov

14.   Yue Yuan

15.   Qi Zhao

16.   Xinying Jiang