Feng Kong, Ph.D.

Affiliation: Shaanxi Normal University


Feng Kong is an associate professor at School of Psychology, Shaanxi Normal University, China. He received his Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience from Beijing Normal University in Beijing, China. His research interests focus on investigating how individual characteristics (e.g., character strengths including emotional intelligence) and environmental factors (e.g., social, cultural and economic factors) influence the brain and psychological outcomes such as well-being. Multiple methods including cognitive/affective behavioral measures and neuroimaging (fMRI) are used to investigate these topics. In her research program, emotional intelligence is an important personal factor influencing psychological outcomes in organizations such as employee well-being.

He has published more than 60 papers in international journals such as British Journal of Psychology, Emotion, Journal of Personality, Journal of Positive Psychology, Journal of Happiness Studies, Journal of health psychology, Personality and Individual Differences, Social Indicators Research, Psychological Reports, Biological Psychology, Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Human Brain Mapping, Neuroimage, Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, Social Neuroscience, etc.

He has served as Associate Editor of Journal of Positive Psychology, Journal of Happiness Studies, BMC Public Health, Psychological Reports, Frontiers in Psychology: Orgnizaitonal Psychology and Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. In addition, he has also served as Editorial Boards of Journal of Personality, Journal of Health Psychology, International Journal of Health Psychology, Asian Journal of Social Psychology, Current Psychology, Health Psychology Open, Journal of Well-being and Leisure in Africa, etc.

Selected Publications
Di, M., Jia, N, Wang, Q, Yan, W., Yang, K, & Kong, F.* (2020). A bifactor model of the Wong and Law Emotional Intelligence Scale and its association with subjective well-being. Journal of Positive Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1080/17439760.2020.1791947

Di, M., Deng, X, Zhao, J, & Kong, F.* (2020). Psychometric Properties and Measurement Invariance Across Sex of the Wong and Law Emotional Intelligence Scale in Chinese adolescents. Psychological Reports. https://doi.org/10.1177/0033294120972634

Kong, F.*, Gong, X., Sajjad, S., Yang, K., & Zhao, J*. (2019). How is emotional intelligence linked to life satisfaction? The mediating role of social support, positive affect and negative affect, Journal of Happiness Studies, 20(8), 2733–2745

Xiang, Y., Zhao, S., Wang, H., Wu, Q., Kong, F.*, & Mo, Lei*. (2017) Examining brain structures associated with dispositional envy and the mediation role of emotional intelligence, Scientific Reports, 7, 39947

Kong. F. (2017). The validity of the Wong and Law Emotional Intelligence Scale in a Chinese sample: Tests of measurement invariance and latent mean differences across gender and age. Personality and Individual Differences, 116, 29-31.

Bao, X., Xue, S., & Kong, F. (2015). Dispositional mindfulness and perceived stress: The role of emotional intelligence. Personality and Individual Differences, 78, 48-52.

Kong, F., Hu, S., Wang, X., Song, Y., & Liu, J. (2015). Neural correlates of the happy life: The amplitude of spontaneous low frequency fluctuations predicts subjective well-being. NeuroImage, 107, 136-145.

Kong. F., Zhen, Z., Li, J., Huang, L., Wang, X., Song, Y., & Liu J. (2014). Sex-related neuroanatomical basis of emotion regulation ability. Plos ONE, 5(9), e97071.

Sun, P., Wang, S., & Kong, F*. (2014). Core self-evaluations as mediator and moderator of the relationship between emotional intelligence and life satisfaction. Social Indicators Research, 118(1), 173-180.

Wang, Y., & Kong, F*. (2014). The role of emotional intelligence in the impact of mindfulness on life satisfaction and mental distress. Social Indicators Research, 116(3), 843-852.

Kong, F., Zhao, Kong, F., & Zhao, J. (2013). Affective mediators of the relationship between trait emotional intelligence and life satisfaction in young adults. Personality and Individual Differences, 54(2), 197–201.

Kong, F., Zhao, J., & You, X. (2012). Emotional intelligence and life satisfaction in Chinese university students: The mediating role of self-esteem and social support. Personality and Individual Differences, 53(8), 1039–1043.

Kong, F., Zhao, J., & You, X. (2012). Social support mediates the influence of emotional intelligence on mental distress and life satisfaction in Chinese young adults. Personality and Individual Differences, 53(4), 513–517.






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