Dr Stone Hsieh


My research focuses on how health-related factors affects typical and atypical brain development. My ongoing work continuous to examine how different dimensions of fitness (e.g., physical fitness, cognitive-motor skills) and how manipulation of the characteristics (e.g., modality, intensity) of exercise modulate performance across different domains of cognition in typically developing children, children with  ADHD, or individuals affected by obesity. My research also addresses how exercise modulates other aspects of mental health (e.g., cravings for food via changes in brain function, anxiety). I am particularly interested in the underlying neuroelectric (e.g., EEG) and cardiac-autonomic (e.g., HRV) mechanisms that may drive exercise-induced changes in cognition, memory, and emotion, as well as how a better understanding of the underlying mechanisms favors the development of effective interventions targeting brain health.

I completed my PhD in exercise psychophysiology in the Sport and Exercise Psychophysiology Laboratory at National Taiwan Normal University (Taiwan) in 2018. Afterwards, I worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Center for Cognitive and Brain Health at Northeastern University (United States) between 2019 to 2021. I joined Kingston University as a Lecturer in September 2021.

For details of my research profile, please see my CV, lab page, and ResearchGate page:

CV:  https://kingston.box.com/s/lo286h37xdz32kuw7ox0ibhvd5x7drr2

Lab page: https://sites.google.com/view/breadlab/home?authuser=0

RG: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Shu-Shih-Hsieh

Academic responsibilities



  • Ph.D. in Exercise Psychophysiology
  • M.Ed in Exercise Physiology

Teaching and learning

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught


External Funding

  • Postdoctoral Research Abroad Fellowship (Jan 2021-Dec 2021). Award: £33,925 (PI)
  • Undergraduate Thesis Award (Jul 2018-Feb 2019). Award: £1,230 (Co-I)
  • Individual Predoctoral Thesis Fellowship (Aug 2017-Jul 2018). Award: £11,273 (PI)
  • Graduate Student Travel Grant (2017). Award: £952 (PI).
  • Graduate Student Travel Grant (2015). Award: £926 (PI).

Journal Editorial Board

  • International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology (2021-)
  • Frontiers in Psychology (2021-)


*denotes joint-first authorship

2021/In press

  • Chueh, T. Y., Hsieh, S. S., Tsai, Y. J., Yu, C. L., Huang, C. J., & Hung, T. M. (2021). The relationship between internalizing problems and acute exercise duration in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: the role of frontal alpha asymmetry. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 118: 104063. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ridd.2021.104063
  • Tsai, Y. J., Hsieh, S. S., Huang, C. J., & Hung, T. M. (2021). Dose-response effects of acute aerobic exercise intensity on inhibitory control in children with Attention-deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 15: 617596. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2021.617596
  • Lin, T. Y., Hsieh, S. S., Chueh, T. Y., Huang, C. J., & Hung, T. M. (2021). The effects of barbell resistance exercise on information processing speed and conflict-related ERP in older adults: a crossover randomized controlled trial. Scientific Reports, 11: 9137. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-88634-5
  • Ai, J., Chen, F. T., Hsieh, S. S., Kao, S. C., Chen, A. G., Hung, T. M., & Chang, Y. K. (2021). The effect of acute high-intensity interval training on executive function: a systematic review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18: 3593. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18073593
  • Raine, L. B., McDonald, K. M., Shigeta, T. T., Hsieh, S. S., Hunt, J., Chiarlitti, N., Lim, M., Gebhardt, K., Collins, N., De Lisio, M., Mullen, S., Kramer, A. F., & Hillman, C. H. (2021). Sympathetic nervous system and exercise affects cognition in youth (SNEACY): protocol. Trials, 22: 154. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13063-021-05096-w
  • Ling, C. C.,* Hsieh, S. S.,* Chang, Y. K., Huang, C. J., Hillman, C. H., & Hung, T. M. (2021). Up-regulation of proactive control is associated with beneficial effects of a childhood gymnastics program on response preparation and working memory. Brain and Cognition, 149: 105695. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bandc.2021.105695
  • Hsieh, S. S., Chueh, T. Y., Huang, C. J., Kao, S. C., Hillman, C. H., Chang, Y. K., & Hung, T. M. (2021). Systematic review of the acute and chronic effects of high-intensity interval training on executive function across the lifespan. Journal of Sports Sciences, 39, 10-22. https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2020.1803630


  • Yu, C. L.,* Hsieh, S. S.,* Chueh, T. Y., Huang, C. J., Hillman, C. H., & Hung, T. M. (2020). The effects of acute aerobic exercise on inhibitory control and resting-state heart rate variability in children with ADHD. Scientific Reports, 10: 19958. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-76859-9
  • Hsieh, S. S., Chueh, T. Y., Morris, T. P., Kao, S. C., Westfall, D. R., Raine, L. B., Hopman, R. J., Pontifex, M. B., Castelli, D. M., Kramer, A. F., & Hillman, C. H. (2020). Greater childhood cardiorespiratory fitness is associated with better top-down cognitive control: a midfrontal theta oscillation study. Psychophysiology, 57: e13678. https://doi.org/10.1111/psyp.13678
  • Tsai, Y. J., Huang, C. J., Hung, C. L., Kao, S. C., Lin, C. F., Hsieh, S. S., & Hung, T. M. (2020). Muscular and motor fitness, and processing speed in preschool children. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 17, 415-431. https://doi.org/10.1080/17405629.2019.1661835


  • Yu, C. L., Chueh, T. Y., Hsieh, S. S., Tsai, Y. J., Hung, C. L., Huang, C. J., Wu, C. T., & Hung, T. M. (2019). Motor competence moderates relationship between moderate-to-vigorous physical activity and resting EEG in children with ADHD. Mental Health and Physical Activity, 17: 100302. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mhpa.2019.100302
  • Hsieh, S. S., Tsai, J. R., Chang, S. H., Ho, J. Y., Chen, J. F., Chen, P. H., Sung, Y. T., & Hung, T. M. (2019). The subject-dependent, cumulative, and recency association of aerobic fitness with academic performance in Taiwanese junior high school students. BMC Pediatrics, 19: 25. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12887-018-1384-4


  • Hsieh, S. S., Huang, C. J., Wu, C. T., Chang, Y. K., & Hung, T. M. (2018). Acute exercise facilitates the N450 inhibition marker and P3 attention marker during Stroop test in young and older adults. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 7: 391. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm7110391
  • Hsieh, S. S., Tsai, J. R., Chang, S. H., Cheng, C. F., Sung, Y. T, & Hung, T. M. (2018). The relations between 3-year changes in physical fitness and academic performance in nationally representative sample of junior high school students. Scientific Reports, 8: 15978. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-34370-2
  • Hsieh, S. S., Fang, D., Tsai, H., Chang, Y. K., Huang, C. J., & Hung, T. M. (2018). Differences in working memory as a function of physical activity in children. Neuropsychology, 32, 797-808. https://doi.apa.org/doi/10.1037/neu0000473


  • Hsieh, S. S., Ling, C. C., Chang, Y. K., Huang, C. J., & Hung, T. M. (2017). Effects of childhood gymnastics program on spatial working memory. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 49, 2537-2547. https://doi.org/10.1249/MSS.0000000000001399
  • Chueh, T. Y., Huang, C. J., Hsieh, S. S., Chen, K. F., Chang, Y. K., & Hung, T. M. (2017). Sports training enhances visuo-spatial cognition regardless of open-closed typology. PeerJ, 5: e3336. https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.3336
  • Hsieh, S. S., Hung, T. M., Chiu, L. H., Chou, W. C., & Fang, C. L. (2017). Working memory performance differentiated by physical functional capacity in late-adulthood. Revista de Psicologia del Deporte, 26, 61-70.


  • Hsieh, S. S., Chang, Y. K., Fang, C. L., & Hung, T. M. (2016). Acute resistance exercise facilitates attention control in adult males without an age-moderating effect. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 38, 247-254. https://doi.org/10.1123/jsep.2015-0282
  • Hsieh, S. S., Chang, Y. K., Hung, T. M., & Fang, C. L. (2016). The effects of acute resistance exercise on young and older males' working memory. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 22, 286-293. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2015.09.004

Areas of specialism

  • exercise psychology
  • cognitive neuroscience
  • biological psychology
  • sport science

Scholarly affiliations

  • International Society of Sport Psychology

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