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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@umac.mo





Academic Qualifications
  • Ph.D., University of Southern California 1992
  • M.S., University of Southern California 1988
  • B.A., English literature, Hebei University 1982
Editorial Board Service
  • Acta Psychologica Sinica心理学报, 2006 -
  • Advances in Psychological Science心理科学进展, 2014 -
  • Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 2008 -
  • Child Development Research, 2010 -
  • Educational and Psychological Measurement, 2004 - 2010
  • Frontiers in Evolutionary Psychology and Neuroscience, 2009 -
  • International Journal of Educational and Psychological Assessment, 2009 -
  • International Journal of Behavioral Development, 2007 - 2014
    Associate Editor,
  • International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2008 - 2012
  • Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 2005 -
  • Journal of Psychology, 2003 - 2004; 2009 –
  • Journal of Psychology in Chinese Societies华人心理学报
    Associate Editor,
  • Parenting: Science and Practice, 2011 -
  • Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 2016 –
  • Psychological Science心理科学, 2010 –
Selected Journal Publications (*My PhD students as lead authors)
  • *Chen, B.B., & Chang, L. (in press). Procrastination as a fast life history strategy. Evolutionary Psychology.

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

  • *Chen, B.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, and 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, 282, 1-7.

  • Dodge, A., & 16 authors including Chang, L. (2015). Hostile attributional bias and aggressive behavior in global context. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112, 9310-9315.

  • Pastorelli, C., & 18 authors including Chang, L. (2015). Positive parenting and children’s prosocial behavior in eight countries. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

  • Putnick, D. L., & 17 authors including Chang, L. (2015). Perceived mother and father acceptance-rejection predict four unique aspects of child adjustment across nine countries. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 56, 923-932.

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

  • Lansford, J. E., & 18 authors including Chang, L. (2014). A longitudinal examination of mothers' and fathers' social information processing biases and harsh discipline in nine countries. Development and Psychopathology, 26, 561-573.

  • Pastorelli, C., & 17 authors including Chang, L. (2014). Mother and father socially desirable responding in nine countries: Two kinds of agreement and relations to parenting self-reports. International Journal of Psychology.

  • Lansford, J. E., & 18 authors including Chang, L. (2014). Corporal punishment, maternal warmth, and child adjustment: A longitudinal study in eight countries. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 43, 670-685.

  • Chang, L., Chen, B.B., & Lu, H.J. (2013). Cultural adaptation to environmental change versus stability. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 36, 485-486.

  • *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.

  • *Lu, H.J., & Chang, L. (2013). Parenting and child socialization of only children in urban China: An example of authoritative parenting. Journal of Genetic Psychology, 174, 335-343.

  • Chang, L., Lu, H. J., & Wu, B. P. (2012). Pathogens promote matrilocal family ties and the copying of foreign religions. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 35, 22-23.

  • *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.

  • Chen, X., Huang, X., Wang, L., & Chang, L. (2012). Aggression, peer relationships, and depression in Chinese children. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 53, 1233-1241.

  • *Chen, B.B., & Chang, L. (2012). Are ‘Machiavellian’ Chinese children well-adapted in the peer group? The relationship between resource acquisition strategies and social functioning and status. Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 15, 122-131.

  • *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.

  • *Wu, B.P., & Chang, L. (2012). Envy: A social emotion characterized by hostility. Advances in Psychological Science, 20, 1467-1478. (in Chinese)

  • *Wu, B.P., & Chang, L. (2012). On the relationship between disgust and moral judgment. Advances in Psychological Science, 20, 309-316. (in Chinese)

  • 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. 

  • *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.

  • *Li, H., Lu, H. J., & Chang, L. (2011) The effect of mating cues on risk information processing in men. Acta Psychologica Sinica, 43, 1320-1328. (in Chinese)

  • *Wu, B.P., & Chang, L. (2011). Psychological defense against disease: How humans cope with pathogen. Advances in Psychological Science, 19, 410-419. (in Chinese)

  • 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.

  • *Li, H., & Chang, L. (2010). An evolutionary psychological perspective of happiness. Advances in Psychological Science, 18, 1046-1051. (in Chinese)

  • *Li, H., & Chang, L. (2010). The effect of mating motives on risk taking likelihood assessment in men. Acta Psychologica Sinica, 42, 618-625. (in Chinese)

  • Chen, X., Huang, X., Chang, L., Wang, L., & Li, D. (2010). Aggression, social competence and academic achievement in Chinese children: A 5-year longitudinal study. Development and Psychopathology, 22, 583-592.

  • Gershoff, E. T., & 16 authors including Chang, L. (2010). Parent discipline practices in an international sample: Associations with child behaviors and moderation by perceived normativeness. Child Development, 81, 480-495.

  • Tom, S. R., Schwartz, D., Chang, L., Farver, J. A. M., & Xu, Y. (2010). Correlates of victimization in Hong Kong children's peer groups. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 31, 27-37.

  • Schwartz, D., Tom, S. R., Chang, L., Xu, Y., Duong, M. T., & Kelly, B. M. (2010). Popularity and Acceptance as Distinct Dimensions of Social Standing for Chinese Children in Hong Kong. Social Development, 19, 681-697.

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

  • Eisenberg, N., Chang, L., Ma, Y., & Huang, X. (2009). Relations of parenting style to Chinese children’s effortful control, ego resilience, and maladjustment. Development and Psychopathology, 21, 455-477.

  • Duong, M. T., Schwartz, D., Chang, L., Kelly, B. M., & Tom, S. R. (2009). Associations between maternal physical discipline and peer victimization among Hong Kong Chinese children: The moderating role of child aggression. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 37, 957-966.

  • *Li, H., & Chang, L. (2008). An evolutionary view about human intelligence. Studies of Psychology and Behavior, 3, 166-170. (in Chinese)

  • *Wang, Y., & Chang, L. (2008). Multidimentional parental warmth and its relations to pupils' social development: A comparison between paternal and maternal parenting. Journal of Psychology in Chinese Societies, 9, 121-147. (in Chinese)

  • Chang, L. (2007). Some of the whats, whos, and whens related to evolutionary psychology. Acta Psychologica Sinica, 39, 556-570.

  • 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.

  • Eisenberg, N., Ma, Y., Chang, L., Zhou, Q., West, S. J., & Aiken, A. (2007). Relations of effortful control, reactive undercontrol, and anger to Chinese children's adjustment. Development and Psychopathology, 19, 385-409.

  • Abou-Ezzeddine, T., Schwartz, D., Chang, L., Lee-Shin, Y., Farver, J. A., & Xu, Y. (2007). Positive peer relationships and risk of victimization in Chinese and South Korean children's peer groups. Social Development, 16, 106–127.  

  • Xu, Y., Farver, J. A., Chang, L., Zhang, Z., & Yu, L. (2007). Moving away or fitting in? Understanding shyness in Chinese children. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 53, 528-556.

  • *Wang, Y., & Chang, L. (2007). The multi-dimensional structure of parental warmth with Chinese parents. Psychological Development and Education, 23, 68-75. (in Chinese)

  • *Li, H., & Chang, L. (2007). Paternal harsh parenting in relation to paternal versus child characteristics: The moderating effect of paternal resemblance belief. Acta Psychologica Sinica, 39, 495-501. 

  • *Li, H., & Chang, L. (2007). Life-history theory and adolescent sexual development. Chinese Mental Health Journal, 21, 66-68. (in Chinese)

  • Chang, L., Zhang, L., Li, H., Wong, L., & Lei, M. (2006). Folk physics and folk psychology: An evolutionary psychological view. Psychological Exploration, 26, 9-12, 74. (in Chinese)

  • Chang, L., Lin, D., Li, H, Zhang, L., & Lei, M. (2006). The evolutionary modularity view about cognition. Psychological Science, 29,1412-1415. (in Chinese)

  • *Li, H., & Chang, L. (2006). Parental certainty and child development. Chinese mental health journal, 20, 772-773. (in Chinese)

  • *Wang, Y., & Chang, L. (2006). The effects of self-concept on the relation between parental warmth and child social and academic performance. Psychological Development and Education, 22, 30-34. (in Chinese)

  • 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.  
  • Lansford, J. E. & Chang, L. (2005). Parenting practices and children’s adjustment across cultures: Introduction to the special issue. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 29, 465-467.  

  • Lansford, J. E. & Chang, L. et al. (2005). Physical discipline and children's adjustment: Cultural normativeness as a moderator. Child Development, 76, 1234-1246.

  • Chen, X., Chang, L., He, Y., & Liu, H. (2005). The peer group as a context: Moderating effects on relations between maternal parenting and social and school adjustment in Chinese children. Child Development, 76, 417-429.
  • *Wang, Y., & Chang, L. (2005). Mediating influence of children's academic self-concept on the relation between parenting style and children's academic achievement. Chinese Journal of Applied Psychology, 11, 186-192. (in Chinese)

  • *Li, H., & Chang, L. (2005). Family social capital and child development. Advances in Psychological Science, 85, 283-289.  (in Chinese)

  • *Guo, B., Wang, Y., & Chang, L. (2005). Classroom effects on the relations between children's social behaviors and school adjustment. Acta Psychologica Sinica, 37, 239-244. (in Chinse)

  • 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.

  • Xu, Y., Farver, J. M., Schwartz, D., & Chang, L. (2004). Social networks and aggressive behavior in Chinese children. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 28, 401-410.

  • *Lei, L., Wang, Y., Guo, B., & Chang, L. (2004). Effects of classroom norms on individual aggression and victimization and their associations. Acta Psychologica Sinica, 36, 563-567. (in Chinese)

  • *Yang, Z., Chang, L., & Ma, S. (2004). A multivariate generalizability study of the college entrance examination. Acta Psychologica Sinica, 36, 195-200. (in Chinese)

  • *Guo, B. & Chang, L. (2003). A meta-analysis of 20 years of research on children’s aggressive behaviors. Psychological Science, 26, 843-546. (in Chinese)

  • 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., 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Xu, Y., Farver, J. M., Schwartz, D., & Chang, L., (2003). Identifying aggressive victims in Chinese children’s peer groups. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 27, 243-252.

  • *Yang, Z., & Chang, L. (2003). Can we measure the third factor? -- A study of WISC-CR using multivariate generalizability theory. Psychological Science, 26, 305-307.

  • Schwartz, D., Farver, J. M., Chang, L., & Lee-Shin, Y. (2002). Victimization in South Korean children’s peer groups. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 30, 113-125.

  • Chang, L., Guo, A., & Hau, K. T. (2002). A comparative study of gender egalitarian attitudes in America and China. Psychological Science, 25, 219-221. (in Chinese)

  • *Guo, B. & Chang, L. (2002). Social behavior and peer status of aggressive and victimized rural Chinese children. Chinese Journal of Clinical Psychology, 10, 260-262.

  • *Lei, L. & Chang, L. (2002). Predictive variables on bullying of junior high school students. Psychological Exploration, 4, 38-43. (in Chinese)

  • *Yang, Z., & Chang, L. (2002). A study on Putonghua testing by multivariate generalizability theory. Acta Psychologica Sinica, 34, 50-55. (in Chinese)

  • Chang, L., Hau, K. T., Ho, W. K., Wen, J. B., & Wang, Y. (2001). Putonghua test: Feasibility of tape-recorded marking, reliability, and economic efficiency. Acta Psychologia Sinica, 33, 97-103. (in Chinese)

  • Chang, L., Hau, K. T., & Guo, A. (2001). The effects of self-consciousness on the expression of gender views. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 31, 340-351.

  • Schwartz, D., Chang, L., & Farver, J. (2001). Correlates of victimization in Chinese children's peer groups. Developmental Psychology, 37, 520-532.

  • Chang, L., & Hocevar, D. (2000). Models of generalizability theory in analyzing existing faculty evaluation data. Applied Measurement in Education, 13, 255-275.

  • Chang, L. (1999). Judgmental item analysis of the Nedelsky and Angoff standard-setting methods. Applied Measurement in Education, 12, 151-165.

  • Chang, L. (1998). The self-consciousness scale in Chinese college students. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 28, 550-561.

  • Chang, L. (1997). Dependability of anchoring labels of Likert-type scales. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 57, 808-815.

  • Chang, L., Dziuban, C., Hynes, M., & Olson, A. H. (1996). Does a standard reflect minimal competency of examinees or judge competency? Applied Measurement in Education, 9, 161-173.

  • Chang, L. (1995). Connotatively consistent and reversed connotatively inconsistent items are not fully equivalent: A Generalizability study. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 55, 991-997.

  • Chang, L. (1994). A psychometric evaluation of 4- and 6-point scales in relation to reliability and validity. Applied Psychological Measurement, 18, 205-215.