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Junyu Li

Doctoral student

Abteilung für Vergleichende Kulturpsychologie
Max-Planck-Institut für evolutionäre Anthropologie
Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

Telefon: +49 (0) 341 3550 407
E-Mail: junyu_li@[>>> Please remove the text! <<<]eva.mpg.de

Research Interests

My research focuses on the folk psychology beliefs about children's mind and children's moral responsibility. I am interested in the evolution of social behaviors, and in particular the problems at the intersection of moral psychology, normative ethics and gene-cultural coevolution. Before coming to this favorite level of abstraction, I had a background in biology and worked on computational methods for quantifying animal behaviors to allow linking behaviors to genomes (cichlid fish bower-building), neurons (fruit fly courtship) and inferences about cognition (chimpanzee anticipation). 

Curriculum Vitae

2021 - present

PhD candidate
Department of Comparative Cultural Psychology
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

2019 - 2021

Research specialist
Princeton Neuroscience Institute, Princeton University

2017 - 2018

MSc in Bioinformatics
Georgia Institute of Technology

2013 -2017


BSc in Molecular and Cellular Biology (minor in Computer Science)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Pereira, T. D., Tabris, N., Matsliah, A., Turner, D. M., Li, J., Ravindranath, S., ... & Murthy, M. (2022). SLEAP: A deep learning system for multi-animal pose tracking. Nature methods, 19(4), 486-495.

Long, L., Johnson, Z. V., Li, J., Lancaster, T. J., Aljapur, V., Streelman, J. T., & McGrath, P. T. (2020). Automatic classification of cichlid behaviors using 3D convolutional residual networks. Iscience, 23(10), 101591.