Graduate (Research) Information


Research

The Psychology Department offers graduate degrees based on coursework and research.

The research programme require the completion of general and area modules as well as a research project. The completion of programme requirements will be recognized with a Master of Social Sciences (M.Soc.Sci.) or a doctorate (Ph.D.) degree. Our department offers specialization in the following areas:

Clinical Research

This specialization is meant for candidates (with or without a clinical background) who would like to conduct research involving clinical populations. However, the research training received by the candidate will not allow him or her to practice as a clinical psychologist after graduation. Current research programs include psychological trauma and resilience, clinical child psychology and paediatric illness, psychological treatment outcome evaluation, and clinical neuropsychology. Prospective students may wish to visit the research profiles of the following investigators and establish contact to inquire about a potential supervision: Collinson, Keng, Magiati, Tan, Tang.

Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience

Cognitive psychologists in our department investigate a wide range of cognitive functions including perception, attention, memory, interval timing, and language. Their research uses behavioral measures ranging from simple button responses to voice recordings or the recordings of eye movements. Additional insights are gained from electrophysiological methods (e.g., electrocardiograms, electroencephalography), optical methods (i.e., event-related optical imaging) and magnetic resonance imaging methods (e.g., fMRI). Prospective students with an interest in these lines of research may visit the research profiles of the following investigators and establish contact to inquire about a potential supervision: Chua, Ebstein, Goh, Hon, Kozhevnikov, Lim, Mullete-Gillman, Penney, Rickard Liow, Schirmer, Singh, Yap.

Developmental Psychology

Our developmental psychologists investigate infant, child and adolescent development. Their interests range from the normal and abnormal development of emotions, interpersonal skills, or cognitive functions. Prospective students with an interest in these lines of research may visit the research profiles of the following investigators and establish contact to inquire about a potential supervision: Elliott, Magiati, Qin, Sim, Singh.

Health Psychology

Our department comprises a number of staff with an interest in the psychological aspects of both mental and physical health. Through connections with hospitals and health organizations, they study patients with medical problems such as kidney failure or cardiovascular disease. They also collaborate with various employers to identify the conditions that trigger or propagate health problems and to develop and implement prevention programmes. Prospective students with an interest in these lines of research may visit the research profiles of the following investigators and establish contact to inquire about a potential supervision: Griva, Hong, Tang.

Quantitative Psychology

Another area of specialization within our programme is quantitative psychology. Here the focus is on developing statistical methods that are suitable for the problems that arise in psychological research. Prospective students with an interest in this line of research may visit the research profiles of the following investigators and establish contact to inquire about a potential supervision: Cheung.

Personality and Social Psychology

Research in our department covers a wide range of personality and social psychology questions. For example, some investigators study the relationship between personality vulnerabilities and social cognition. Others study attitudes, emotions, or aspects of social communication. Prospective students with an interest in these lines of research may visit the research profiles of the following investigators and establish contact to inquire about a potential supervision: Au, Fulmer, Hong, Jia, Schirmer, See, Tong, Tsai.

Programme Information

For research students admitted from Semester 1, AY2004-2005:

Application Materials

NOTE: The University has not engaged any external agencies to undertake graduate student recruitment on its behalf and it reserves the right to reject, without giving reasons, applications submitted through any external agencies.

Graduation Requirements

Pass at least 176 MCs of modules, and fulfill the requirements of both the B.Soc.Sci. (Honours) and M.Soc.Sci. (Psychology by Research) programmes, which include the following:

Essential Undergraduate Modules:

  1. PL1101E Introduction to Psychology
  2. PL2131 Research and Statistical Methods I
  3. PL2132 Research and Statistical Methods II
  4. PL3232 Biological Psychology
  5. PL3233 Cognitive Psychology
  6. PL3234 Developmental Psychology
  7. PL3235 Social Psychology
  8. PL3236 Abnormal Psychology
  9. PL3231 Independent Research Project
  10. One of the PL328x lab modules
  11. PL3239 Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  12. PL4201 Psychometrics and Psychological Testing

Essential Graduate Modules:

  1. PL6770 Graduate Research Seminar
  2. Core Module (PL5303, PL5304, PL5305, PL5306, PL5307, OR PL5308)
  3. PL5221 Analysis of Psychological Data using GLM
  4. PL5222 Multivariate Statistics in Psychology

Integrated Thesis:

  • Integrated Thesis (15 MCs)

Other Requirements:

  1. Attend workshops (e.g, on academic writing, presentation, non-experimental research methods, and advanced statistics) prescribed by the department.
  2. Attend at least 5 departmental research seminars.
  3. Give one research presentation during the candidacy. Students are also strongly encouraged to present their findings at an international conference.
  4. Where applicable, students have to obtain satisfactory grades (at least grade C) in the graduate English courses conducted by the Centre for English Language Communication at intermediate level.

Continuation Criteria
CDP candidates will be officially enrolled in the programme at the beginning of Semester 7. At this point, they will be classified as research students, allowing them to register for graduate-level courses and to start work on their thesis. Supervisors will also need to submit progress reports at the end of each semester. In order to remain in the programme, candidates’ SJAP (based on both undergraduate and graduate PL modules) must not fall below 4.0 over two consecutive semesters.

CAP Computation
The undergraduate CAP is based on the grades for the undergraduate modules (Level 4000 and below) and the integrated thesis, while the graduate CAP is based on the four required graduate modules (Level 5000 and above).

Degrees Awarded
Candidates will typically graduate at the end of their 10th semester. On completion of the programme, subject to meeting the graduation requirements, candidates will be awarded with the B.Soc.Sci. (Hons.) and the M.Soc.Sci. in Psychology.

Exit Strategies
Candidates who opt out of the program, or who are unable to fulfil continuation requirements, can graduate with the B.A. or B.Soc.Sci. (Hons.), subject to meeting graduation requirements. Assuming they qualify for the honours degree, their class of honours will jointly depend on their undergraduate CAP and their grade for the honours thesis. If work on the thesis project is in progress, they need to carry out sufficient experimental work to produce a thesis that meets the standards of an honours thesis. To make the exit strategy more concrete and explicit, the table below presents the options for CDP candidates exiting the programme at different stages of their candidacy.

After

Exit Scenario and Strategy

Semester 7

The candidate would have completed 3 modules at this point and started work on the empirical project. He/she will rejoin the honours track, and either: 1) complete 2 more modules and submit the HT, or 2) complete 5 more modules without a HT to graduate with the B.Soc.Sci. (Hons.).

Semester 8, 9, and 10

The candidate would have completed 5 modules at this point and done substantial work on the empirical project. To graduate with a B.Soc.Sci. (Hons.), he/she will need to write up and submit the experimental work completed thus far as a HT.

CDP Recommended Timeline

Semester

Milestones

7*

Research:
Start work on the Integrated Thesis

Coursework (4 modules):
PL5221 (Analysis of Psychological Data Using GLM)
PL6770 (Graduate Research Seminar)
PL4201 (Psychometrics and Psychological Testing)
1 other content-based PL4000 module

8

Research:
Continue work on the Integrated Thesis

Coursework (2 modules):
PL5222 (Multivariate Statistics in Psychology)
1 other content-based PL4000 module

9

Research:
Data collection for the Integrated Thesis should be completed no later than the end of this semester

Coursework (1 module):
PL530x (Core Area Graduate Module)

10

Research:
Integrated Thesis should be submitted no later than Week 4 of this semester to provide sufficient time for review and minor revisions

Coursework (2 modules):
2 PL4000 modules OR
1 PL4000 module and 1 PL5000/6000 module

Notes

  • Integrated Thesis
    The scope and requirements of the integrated thesis will be identical to that of the Master’s thesis. The word limit for the thesis is 30,000 words, and should conform to APA guidelines. The thesis should reflect the candidate’s ability to independently conduct quality research and to integrate his/her work with existing literature in a meaningful way.The integrated thesis will be evaluated by two internal examiners independently.

  • Dedicated CDP Coordinator
    Each CDP candidate will be jointly mentored by their supervisor and the CDP coordinator. The CDP coordinator is a dedicated faculty member tasked with spearheading programs that enhance the training and education of CDP candidates. At the same time, he or she will closely track their progress, and will also meet them at the end of each semester to provide advice on curriculum choices and other guidance.

  • Extension of Candidature
    CDP candidates who need to extend their candidature period beyond the 10th semester due to extenuating circumstances may apply for an extension, subject to approval by the Department and the Graduate Studies Division.

For research students admitted from Semester 1, AY2004-2005:

Application Materials

NOTE: The University has not engaged any external agencies to undertake graduate student recruitment on its behalf and it reserves the right to reject, without giving reasons, applications submitted through any external agencies.

Module Information

Level 5000

Level 6000

PL5221

Analysis of Psychological Data Using GLM

This module addresses the use of the general linear for the analysis of psychological data including multiple regression and various forms of analysis of variance. Among the topics that may be covered are correlation and multiple regression, randomized groups analysis of variance, repeated measures analysis of variance, and mixed models. Emphasis will be placed on the development of skills through hands-on data analysis and interpretation.


Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 0-3-0-5-2
Prerequisite(s): PL2101Y/PL2131 and PL2132 or consent of instructor
Preclusion(s): PL5102/PL6102
Cross-listing(s): Nil

Workload Components: A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial/seminar hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc. per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week

PL5222

Multivariate Statistics In Psychology

This module introduces students to the use of multivariate methods for the analysis of psychological data. Included among the methods to be covered may be canonical correlation, discriminant function analysis, multivariate analysis of variance, exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis, and structural equation modelling. Emphasis will be placed on the development of skills for multivariate data analysis through hands-on analysis and interpretation of datasets.


Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 0-3-0-5-2
Prerequisite(s): PL2101Y/PL2131 and PL2132, or consent of instructor
Preclusion(s): PL4204
Cross-listing(s): Nil

Workload Components: A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial/seminar hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc. per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week

PL5225

Structural Equation Modeling

This module with introduce the ideas of structural equation modelling and its relationship to other current statistical models. Specifically, regression analysis, path analysis, confirmatory factor analysis will be formulated within the general framework of structural equation modelling. Advanced topics, such as ordinal data analysis, missing data, multiple-group analysis and latent growth models, will also be covered. After the course, students are expected to know how to conduct the analysis and interpret the results themselves.


Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 0-3-0-5-2
Prerequisite(s): PL2101Y/PL2131, PL2132 and PL5221, or consent of instructor
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil

Workload Components: A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial/seminar hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc. per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week

PL5226

Electroencephalography

Since its introduction in first half of the 20th century, electroencephalograpy (EEG) found extensive application in both clinical and research settings. As such it represents an important component of the methodological repertoire of clinical and experimental psychologist. Aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of the neurophysical principles underlying EEG as well as the practical know-how to collect and analyse EEG data.


Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 1-1-1-5-2
Prerequisite(s): PL1101E, PL2131, PL2132, PL3232 or upon approval by the lecturer
Preclusion(s): PL3288
Cross-listing(s): Nil

Workload Components: A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial/seminar hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc. per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week

PL5303

Advanced Cognitive Psychology

This module surveys recent advances in cognitive psychology and is targeted at graduate students and advanced undergraduates who have an interest in cognitive science. Students will be introduced to the foundations and basic philosophy behind contemporary approaches to cognition such as the symbolic, connectionist, ecological, dynamic, and embodied movements. We will examine the applications of these approaches to recent research in selected topics from the areas of perception, memory, language, creativity, consciousness, and intelligent behaviour. Prior exposure to cognitive psychology at the undergraduate level is required.


Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 0-3-0-4-3
Prerequisite(s): PL3233 or consent of instructor
Preclusion(s): PL6222
Cross-listing(s): Nil

Workload Components: A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial/seminar hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc. per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week

PL5304

Advanced Developmental Psychology

The module explores current research in developmental psychology and is relevant to graduate students with research interests in this area. The module aims to give students the opportunity to gain an understanding of core theories and methodology used in developmental psychology. Topics discussed will cover current research in selected topics from areas of infant, child, and adolescent psychology. Prior exposure to developmental psychology at the undergraduate level is required.


Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 0-3-0-4-3
Prerequisite(s): Nil
Preclusion(s): PL6205
Cross-listing(s): Nil

Workload Components: A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial/seminar hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc. per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week

PL5305

Advanced Social Psychology

The aim of this module is to provide postgraduate students with an in depth knowledge of selected topics in social psychology, such as social influence, interpersonal relationships and applied social psychology. This knowledge is based on both a historical perspective and an overview of the current research and theory in this field. Students will read a sampling of classic articles as well as review current research and theory on selected topics. Classes will consist of lectures, discussion and student presentations.


Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 0-3-0-3-4
Prerequisite(s): PL3235 or consent of instructor
Preclusion(s): PL6223
Cross-listing(s): Nil

Workload Components: A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial/seminar hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc. per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week

PL5306

Advanced Clinical Psychology

This module provides students with advanced knowledge in clinical psychology from historical as well as from the latest conceptual and empirical perspectives. The implications of life-span psychology, psychopathology, personality theory, neuropsychology, and competing systems of clinical psychology for multi-cultural clinical understanding, clinical epistemology, and clinical judgment will be critically reviewed.


Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 0-3-0-2-5
Prerequisite(s): Nil
Preclusion(s): PL6210
Cross-listing(s): Nil

Workload Components: A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial/seminar hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc. per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week

PL5307

Advanced Health Psychology

This module provides an overview of current research being undertaken in health psychology. Topics to be covered will vary from semester to semester but may include, health behaviour, stress and its relationship to health, illness cognition, illness behaviour, patient-practitioner interaction, psychological factors in hospitalization, chronic illness, death and dying, psychological research on pain as well as applications of health psychology for cancer, heart disease and other health conditions.


Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 0-3-0-2-5
Prerequisite(s): Nil
Preclusion(s): PL6202
Cross-listing(s): Nil

Workload Components: A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial/seminar hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc. per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week

PL5660

Independent Study

Independent research plays an important role in graduate education. The Independent Study Module is designed to enable the student to explore an approved topic in Psychology in depth. The student should approach a lecturer to work out an agreed topic, readings, and assignments for the module. A formal, written agreement is to be drawn up, giving a clear account of the topic, programme of study, assignments, evaluation, and other pertinent details. Head's and/ or Graduate Coordinator's approval of the written agreement is required. Regular meetings and reports are expected. Evaluation is based on 100% Continuous Assessment and must be worked out between the student and the lecturer prior to seeking departmental approval.


Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 0-0-0-0-10
Prerequisite(s): Nil
Preclusion(s): PL5220
Cross-listing(s): Nil

Workload Components: A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial/seminar hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc. per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week

PL5308

Advanced Cognitive Neuroscience

Over the last decades, the study of human cognition has extended its focus to include neuroimaging techniques such as electroencephalography (EEG), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) among others. This allowed researchers to investigate cognitive processes as they unfold in time and to relate these processes to neuronal structures and networks. In this module, students will review this research and critically evaluate whether and how it advanced our understanding of human cognition.


Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 0-3-0-5-2
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the NUS psychology graduate program or approval by the lecturer
Preclusion(s): PL6204
Cross-listing(s): Nil

Workload Components: A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial/seminar hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc. per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week

PL6201

Advanced fMRI and Brain Imaging

Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) is an important brain imaging technique that has advanced our understanding of the working brain. In order to build a solid understanding of the technical details of fMRI, we explore the physics behind this technique together with aspects of physiology that affect the fMRI measurements. We then move on to critically examine recent fMRI experiments that have investigated issues in perception, cognition, attention, emotion and other areas of psychology. The module also covers practical aspects of fMRI experimentation and helps students to design and interpret their own fMRI analyses.


Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 0-3-1-1-5
Prerequisite(s): Students need to have the consent of the lecturer and be admitted into a graduate programme before they can read this module.
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil

Workload Components: A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial/seminar hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc. per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week

PL6203

Emotion and Social Cognition

This graduate level course aims at giving students an in-depth exposure to the social-cognitive processes involved in emotions. Topics include relationships between emotions and heuristics, stereotyping, appraisals, attribution, persuasion, risk-judgments, evaluation, analytical processes, core values and beliefs, and dissonance processes. Evolutionary, cross-cultural, and personality perspectives that add to understanding the socialcognitive processes involved in specific emotions will also be discussed.


Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 0-3-0-3-4
Prerequisite(s): Nil
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil

Workload Components: A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial/seminar hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc. per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week

PL6206

Close Relationships

Over the past decades, relationship research has emerged as a major focus of interest within the area of social psychology. In this module, students will be introduced to relationship research and discuss major theories, empirical findings, and issues in interpersonal processes from a social psychological perspective. Emphasis will be placed both on gaining an in-depth knowledge of this field and on being able to critically evaluate published research findings.


Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 0-3-0-3-4
Prerequisite(s): Nil
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil

Workload Components: A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial/seminar hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc. per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week

PL6207

Personality Psychology

This graduate level course is intended as an overview of the contemporary areas of inquiry in personality. Research initiatives in the dispositional trait approach (i.e., personality structure) and the social-cognitive approach (i.e., personality processes and dynamics) will be covered. Additional topics include the evolutionary and neuropsychological bases of personality, behavior genetics, the interplay between personality and culture, etc. Given the vitality and breadth of current personality research, this course is intended to be a selective survey of the major theoretical issues being addressed in the field.


Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 0-3-0-3-4
Prerequisite(s): Nil
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil

Workload Components: A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial/seminar hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc. per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week

PL6208

Empirical Research Project

The ability to conduct independent psychological research is a prerequisite for embarking on a doctoral dissertation. As such the module is aimed at advancing the research skills of doctoral students prior to their qualifying examinations. They will achieve this advancement by working on a research project under the close supervision of their doctoral supervisor. All doctoral students must take this module.


Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 0-0-0-10-0
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the NUS psychology PhD program
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil

Workload Components: A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial/seminar hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc. per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week

PL6209

Lexical Processing

Understanding the mechanisms and processes that underlie word recognition has long been a central research area in experimental psychology and cognitive science. This module surveys state-of-the-art models, theories, and methods in lexical processing. Specifically, students will review, discuss, and critically evaluate primary empirical and theoretical articles that have been influential in helping us understand how readers/listeners effortlessly recognize and comprehend words.


Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 0-3-0-5-2
Prerequisite(s): Nil
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil

Workload Components: A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial/seminar hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc. per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week

PL6211

Advanced Clinical Research & Practice

This module prepares students to develop advanced research and clinical competence relevant to evidence-based practice and research in a specialized area in clinical psychology. Current clinical research-practice programs include psychological trauma and resilience, clinical child psychology and paediatric illness, psychological treatment outcome evaluation, and clinical neuropsychology. Opportunities are also available for students to participate in overseas specialist research practice training programs.


Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 0-2-0-5-3
Prerequisite(s): PL6210
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil

Workload Components: A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial/seminar hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc. per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week

PL6212

Language and Communication Development

The module gives students the opportunity to discuss and explore key papers in the research literature for development in language and communication, and to gain an understanding of the ethical, theoretical, methodological, and practical issues involved for research in these areas.


Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 0-3-0-4-3
Prerequisite(s): Nil
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil

Workload Components: A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial/seminar hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc. per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week

PL6213

Genetics of Social Behaviour

Human beings are an incredibly social species and twin studies suggest that uniquely human characteristics such as empathy, altruism, sense of equity, love, trust, music, economic behavior, and even politics are partially hardwired. We will discuss evidence that social phenotypes are heritable and the implications of these findings for the social sciences. Emphasis will be placed on two social hormones, oxytocin and vasopressin, and how human findings resonate with those in other mammals. We will discuss how experimental economic paradigms and imaging are used to model social behavior in the laboratory including as altruism, trust and fairness.


Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 0-3-0-0-7
Prerequisite(s): Undergraduate degree in social or life sciences.
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil

Workload Components: A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial/seminar hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc. per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week

PL6214

Visual-Spatial Cognition

The ability to perceive our spatial surroundings is critical to tasks ranging from grasping nearby objects to complex navigation through an unfamiliar environment. This seminar will cover both the basic cognitive psychology and neuroscience research on visual/spatial cognition (e.g., visual imagery, perception, and visual/spatial working memory) as well as applied research on the role of visual/spatial information processing in complex activities, such as spatial navigation, human-computer interaction, design of 3D immersive virtual technologies, and learning and problem solving.


Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 0-3-0-5-2
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the NUS psychology graduate program or approval by the lecturer
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil

Workload Components: A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial/seminar hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc. per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week

PL6215

Selected Applications in Psychology

Various modules requiring applied expertise in the selected fields of psychology will be offered from time to time by visiting or local staff.


Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 0-3-0-2-5
Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil

Workload Components: A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial/seminar hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc. per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week

PL6216

Affective Neuroscience

This module will give an introduction in how emotions are conceptualized in contemporary science. This will be followed by a discussion of individual emotions such as fear, disgust, reward, and anger; the interaction between emotions and cognition; and interindividual differences in emotional processing.


Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 0-3-0-3-4
Prerequisite(s): Nil
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil

Workload Components: A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial/seminar hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc. per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week

PL6225

Cardiac Psychology

This module addresses current research in the psychology of coronary heart disease. Specific attention will be paid to what is known about the interaction of psychological, social and biological factors in coronary heart disease and the implications for prevention of heart disease and rehabilitation following diagnosis of heart disease. Topics to be covered include the physiology of the cardiovascular system, the nature of cardiovascular disease, research methods used in cardiac psychology, the role of psychosocial and genetic factors in hypertension and CHD interventions for reducing cardiac risk, and psychological factors in cardiac rehabilitation.


Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 0-3-0-2-5
Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor
Preclusion(s): PL6215 in AY2006/07
Cross-listing(s): Nil

Workload Components: A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial/seminar hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc. per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week

PL6770

Graduate Research Seminar

This is a required module for all research Masters and Ph.D. students admitted from AY2004/ 2005. The module provides a forum for students and faculty to share their research and to engage one another critically in discussion of their current research projects. The module will include presentations by faculty on research ethics and dissertation writing. Each student is required to present a formal research paper. Active participation in all research presentations is expected. The module may be spread over two semesters and will be graded "Satisfactory/ Unsatisfactory" on the basis of student presentation and participation.


Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 0-3-0-4-3
Prerequisite(s): Postgraduate status
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil

Workload Components: A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial/seminar hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc. per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week

PL6660

Independent Study

Independent research plays an important role in graduate education. The Independent Study Module is designed to enable the student to explore an approved topic in Psychology in depth. The student should approach a lecturer to work out an agreed topic, readings, and assignments for the module. A formal, written agreement is to be drawn up, giving a clear account of the topic, programme of study, assignments, evaluation, and other pertinent details. Head's and/ or Graduate Coordinator's approval of the written agreement is required. Regular meetings and reports are expected. Evaluation is based on 100% Continuous Assessment and must be worked out between the student and the lecturer prior to seeking departmental approval.


Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 0-0-0-0-10
Prerequisite(s): Nil
Preclusion(s): PL6220, PL6220A, PL6220B.
Cross-listing(s): Nil

Workload Components: A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial/seminar hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc. per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week


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