Dr. Yi Pu

Main research areas

  • Hippocampus
  • Memory
  • Spatial navigation
  • MEG, ECoG, fMRI




Doctor of Philosophy, ARC Center of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia


Masters of Arts, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Beijing, China


Bachelor of Arts, Southwest University, Chongqing, China


Since 08/2018Postdoc Researcher in the Department of Neuroscience, Max-Planck-Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
06/2017-06/2018Postdoc Researcher in the Department of Cognitive Science, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia 

Supervision Honors’ Thesis Entitled ‘Comparing Active Navigation and Passive Navigation’

2015–2016Casual Research Assistant in the Department of Cognitive Science, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia



Pu, Y., Cornwell, B. R., Cheyne, D., & Johnson, B. W. (2020). Gender differences in navigation performance are associated with differential theta and high-gamma activities in the hippocampus and parahippocampus. Behavioural Brain Research, 112664. 

Pu, Y., Cheyne, D., Sun, Y., & Johnson, B. W. (2020). Theta oscillations support the interface between language and memory. Neuroimage, 116782. 

Pu, Y., Cornwell, B.R., Cheyne, D., & Johnson, B.W. (2018). High-gamma activity in the human hippocampus and parahippocampus during inter-trial rest periods of a virtual navigation task. Neuroimage 178, 92-103. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage 

Pu, Y., Cheyne, D., Cornwell, B.R., & Johnson, B.W. (2018). Non-invasive investigation of human hippocampal rhythms using magnetoencephalography: A review. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 12. doi:10.3389/fnins.2018.00273

Pu, Y., Cornwell, B.R., Cheyne, D., & Johnson, B.W. (2017). The functional role of human right hippocampal/parahippocampal theta rhythm in environmental encoding during virtual spatial navigation. Human Brain Mapping, 38(3), 1347–1361. doi:10.1002/hbm.23458

Kong, X.-Z., Wang, X., Pu, Y., Huang, L., Hao, X., Zhen, Z., & Liu, J. (2017). Human navigation network: The intrinsic functional organization and behavioral relevance. Brain Structure and Function, 222(2), 749-764. doi: 10.1007/s00429-016-1243-8

Kong X.-Z., Wang, X., Huang, L., Pu, Y., Yang, Z., Dang, X., Zong Z., & Liu, J. (2014). Measuring individual morphological relationship of cortical regions. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 237, 103-107. doi: 10.1016/j.jneumeth.2014.09.003

Kong, X.-Z., Pu, Y., Wang, X., Xu, S., Hao, X., Zhen, Z., & Liu, J. (2017). Intrinsic Hippocampal-Caudate Interaction Correlates with Human Navigation. bioRxiv

Awards & Grants

Awards & Grants


Australian Research Council CCD 2016 Student Exchange Award

04/20162016 Macquarie University Postgraduate Research Fund (PGRF) 


  • Neural basis of memory for temporal order

    Remembering the order of events is critical for everyday functioning. For instance, during a traffic accident it is important to know and to remember whether the traffic light turned from red to green or from green to red. Our ability to track ...

  • The structure of subjective experience

    Consciousness is one of the most fascinating yet least understood aspects of human nature, or perhaps nature at large. Our lives dwell in our conscious experiences: this is where we experience love, we feel the ‘chills’ with a good piece of ...

  • Mental units of temporal experience

    Our mind breaks the continuous stream of experience into events, or chunks. Events are meaningful episodes that unfold over time, such as throwing a ball. We can understand, for instance, who is throwing a ball to whom and at what speed. Events ...

  • The interplay between perception and memory

    From the thousands of experiences we have each day, only a few will be remembered. How and why is this so? We are interested in the question of how the continuous living present is broken up into pieces that will be remembered, and the distortion ...