• 2017-present          Full Professor
  • 2013-2017              Associate Professor (with tenure)
  • 2007-2013              Assistant Professor
  • Faculty, School of Communication, OSU
  • Director, Communication and Psychophysiology Lab (CAPLab)
  • Affiliated faculty, Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences
  • Affiliated faculty, Decision Science Collaborative
  • Faculty-in-Residence & Leadership team, Translational Data Analytics


  • Ph.D., Communication & Cognitive Science (double-major), Indiana University-Bloomington, 2007
  • B.S., Journalism & Communication, China Youth University for Political Sciences, Beijing, 2001

Research Interests

  • Motivation, emotion, and cognition in media processing and choice behavior; media design and evaluation.
  • Reciprocal dynamics of choice behavior and information processing; mHealth (mobile health) applications.Psychophysiological methods; dynamic computational modeling methods; more recently, data fusion and big data.
  • Quantum probabilistic and dynamic models of cognition and decision; contextualized communication, decision and choices; more recently, extending the work to communication networks and a new theory for modeling networks

Recent Awards

  • Distinguished Teaching and Service Award, Humanities and Cognitive Sciences High School Summer Institute, 2018
  • The Best Research, American Society of Trial Consultants, 2017
  • Denis McQuail Award (2016) and ASCoR Honorary Fellow (2017-2018) for “the best article advancing communication theory published in a peer-reviewed journal in the previous two years”
  • Top Paper Award, International Communication Association, Information Systems, 2016
  • Mattox Award for research productivity and impact ($10,000), SoC, OSU, 2015
  • ScienceDirect Top 25 hottest article in Journal of Mathematical Psychology (Continuously ranked every quarter, 2006-2015)
  • Most Cited Article in the Past Five Years (2009-2014), Journal of Mathematical Psychology
  • Most Cited Article in the Past Five Years (2006-2011), Journal of Mathematical Psychology
  • Top Faculty Paper Award, International Communication Association, Communication and Technology, 2013
  • Top Paper Award, National Communication Association, Human Communication and Technology, 2012
  • Top Paper Award, International Communication Association, Information System, 2008

External, Federal Research Grants

  • PI, the OSU subaward, U.S. Army Research Office MURI grant (Pending), “Developing generalized probability and utility theories for predicting team decision making constrained by non-commutative communication networks,” $1,023,532 to Wang, 2019-2024;
  • Co-PI, NSF, “Wireless Fully-Passive Multi-Channel Neural Recording for Chronic In-Vivo Studies” (PI: John Volakis), $160,000 to Wang and $999,179 across research sites, 2016-2019
  • PI, NSF, “Construct a General Hilbert Space Multi-dimensional Model,” $500,000 in total, 2016-2019
  • PI, the OSU site, Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), “Quantum Theory for Dynamic Strategic Decision Making” (FA 9550-15-1-0343), $810,000 in total, 2015-2019
  • PI, NSF, “Quantum Decision Theory” (SES 1153846), $50,000 in total, 2012-2014
  • PI, the OSU site, Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), “Applications of Quantum Probability Theory to Dynamic Decision Making” (FA 9550-12-1-0397), $607,712 in total, 2012-2015
  • PI, NSF, “Quantum Information Processing” (SES 0818277), $450,000 in total, 2009-2012

Read More about My Research and the CAP Lab

  • Welcome to visit our Communication and Psychophysiology (CAP) Lab webpage here on
  • Also I’m affiliated faculty at the Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences [the CCBS] and the Decision Science Collaborative [Decision]. I also serve on the Faculty Advisory Board of Translational Data Analytics [TDA@OSU].