Graduate Students


Ananyev Egor

Email egor.ananyev@gmail.com
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I am working with Dr. Brown Hsieh and Dr. Trevor Penney on investigating visual processing, visual mental imagery, and cortical organization of visual pathways using behavioural techniques and neuroimaging. I am broadly interested in imagination, attention, and how our expectations change our visual experience. My prior experience includes investigating vision loss with head- and eye-tracking and virtual environments (with Dr. Eliezer Peli), and using artificial neural networks to evaluate neurological damage to visual system (with Dr. Stephen Kosslyn).


Ang Zhixian Shaun

Email a0116377@u.nus.edu
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I'm pursuing both my bachelor's and master's degree in Psychology. I'm researching with Dr Jia Lile on social psychology phenomena related to goal pursuit. From my work experiences, I've gained a deep interest in organisational and leadership psychology - what makes the workplace tick? I enjoy reading, playing senseless games, and listening to people's stories (:


Au Zher Wen

Email e0046910@u.nus.edu
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I am interested in the effects of emotion on attentional functions.


Bu Chi

Email e0012428@u.nus.edu
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I am interested in attitudes and persuasion, with a focus on effect of affect-cognition matching in persuasion. I am currently working on how people react to cognitive versus affective information given different motivational and ability factors.


Chionh Yun Jie Shermaine

Email e0001084@u.nus.edu
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My broad research interest lies in the intersection of social, cognitive, and forensic psychology. I am particularly interested in the motivations for offending and implicit cognitive processes underlying criminal behaviour.


Chong Suet Lin Anne

Email annecsl@u.nus.edu
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I am interested in the genetic basis of individual and social cognition, focussing on moral beliefs and behaviour.


Choo Magdalene

Email magdalene.choo@u.nus.edu
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Magdalene is interested in priming research. She is interested in understanding the influence of contextual cues in decoding the semantics of ambiguous words and sentences. Prior to her studies, Magdalene was a Research Associate at the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS). Her key contributions were in the design and implementation of the Singapore Panel Study of Social Dynamics, a study devised to track changes in 5,000 households over time.


Choo Xin Ling

Email e0001383@u.nus.edu
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I am interested in employee work performance and the factors that affect it. I would like to know the areas that employers should look out for during selection and recruitment and the interventions that they can do to sustain or enhance their employees' performance.


Chowdhury Avijit

Email e0046902@u.nus.edu
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Research interests include Moral reasoning and the interaction of emotion and reason in human morality, Teleological Reasoning and Religious belief from a psychological perspective.


Drabu Sukriti

Email sukriti.drabu@u.nus.edu
Personal Webpage https://www.linkedin.com/in/sukriti-drabu-2421948
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Sukriti Drabu is a first year PhD student concentrating in Clinical Psychology under the mentorship of Dr. Shian-Ling Keng. She has completed her Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Harvard University. Prior to starting her PhD at NUS, she has worked as a Research Project Coordinator at the Hooley Lab in Harvard University, where she worked on a project investigating trust processing in individuals with BPD traits. Her research interests focus on understanding cultural risk factors and psychophysiological markers that play a role in the development of psychopathologies, in particular self-injurious thoughts and behaviors. She is particularly interested in examining the inter-play between culture and cognition in emotion dysregulation and self-injury. In her free time, she enjoys playing with her dogs, binge watching tv shows, arguing with friends and dancing.


Fu Siling Charlene

Email charlene.fu@u.nus.edu
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I am interested in language development in infants and young children, and also the effects and implications of growing up bilingual.


Kurnianingsih Yoanna Arlina

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My research lies in the area of cognitive neuroscience and neuroeconomics. I am interested in decision-making and the neural mechanism underlying its process.


Lau Wen Li Sofia

Email sofialau@u.nus.edu
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I am interested in bilingualism, particularly in the acquisition of a second language (in this case, the English Language). I hope to investigate the cognitive processes that underlie one’s mastery of a new language.


Lee Pei Wei

Email a0099596@u.nus.edu
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I’m currently a Concurrent Degree Program student, pursuing both my bachelors and masters degree. My research topic, supervised by Dr Jia Lile, focuses on locals' attitude towards immigrants in Singapore. Through my internship, I’ve also developed an interest in forensics psychology, especially in the area of detection of deception, and understanding how psychology can be used to enhance national security.


Leong Ruth

Email e0001085@u.nus.edu
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My research focuses on age-related changes in brain and cognitive function. In particular, I am interested in the role of sleep in memory consolidation, and how this process may be altered in older adults. In my free time, I enjoy the company of my two frisky dogs and one very cheeky parrot.


Leung Chi Ching

Email chiching@nus.edu.sg
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Hello! My name is Chi Ching and I am interested in emotions, decision making and also positive psychology, especially in applied settings. Various aspects of behavioural economics also excites me and I hope to be able to conduct studies where I can combine interest areas together. My current research looks into understanding the impact of emotions on cognitive change and also on the motivation to change. I also hope to enjoy school! =)


Lim Wee Ping

Email weeping.lim@u.nus.edu
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My broad research interests lie in the area of cognitive psychology, with particular interest in the underlying cognitive processes behind language processing. I am currently exploring the effects of early word recognition processes in relation to various lexical and semantic variables. Besides this, I am also generally interested in the cognitive underpinnings of adult learning and expertise development at work, or anything related to cognition. =)


Lin Wenzheng

Email wenzheng.lin@u.nus.edu
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My previous research concerns about the bidirectional relationship between power and psychological distance. I am now working on topics broadly related to social power.


Liu Cui Zhen

Email e0046905@u.nus.edu
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I use behavioural, EEG, and FMRI methods to study economic decision making and emotion. I'm particularly interested in how emotional and salient information influence our economic decision making and memory. I also explore nocebo and placebo effects for pain perception.


Lu Xinyi

Email e0011507@u.nus.edu
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I graduated from NUS in 2015 with an honours degree in Psychology. I am now interested in the conditioning processes involved in attitude formation and change.


Ng Phui Yeng Tabitha

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My research interest is in the field of comparative cognitive neuroscience. Specifically, I’m interested in the neurobiological bases of cognition in non-human primates and how they inform our understanding of evolutionary continuity across species. I’m privileged to work under the supervision of Dr. Camilo Libedinsky and Dr. Cullen Owens to investigate the neural mechanisms of spatial navigation in macaques. My research is centered on the representation of three-dimensional space in the macaque brain, and how this navigational system supports re-routing in the presence of roadblocks.


Ng Stevia

Email nglh@u.nus.edu
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I have a keen interest in the cognitive neuroscience of memory. I am looking to explore the mechanisms that lead to forgetting. With a background in medical imaging, I hope to use imaging tools to aid me in this endeavour.


Obana Takashi

Email a0068245@nus.edu.sg
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I am doing research on individual differences in the bottom-up processing of auditory and visual attention. Since I myself am also a musician and a psychotherapist, this topic is particularly meaningful for me because it blends well with my interest in music cognition and attentional problems (e.g. ADHD).


Ong Xiang Ling

Email xiangling@u.nus.edu
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I am interested in the effects of parenting on children's motivation and personality development. I am also interested in finding out how social stratification shapes children's beliefs about themselves.


Ouyang Huixiang

Email a0116047@u.nus.edu
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I am enrolled in the Concurrent Degree Programme, pursuing both my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Psychology. Having done an independent study with Dr Jia on the psychology of immigration, I am continuing this line of research by exploring inspiration and immigrants in my Integrated Thesis. My broad research interests lie in industrial and organizational psychology, positive psychology and psychology of religion.


Sasaki Eri

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My primary research interests lie in the area of close relationships, positive emotions and the intersection of the two. My current research looks into gratitude experiences and its positive benefits within romantic relationships. Additionally, I am also investigating the effects of implicit theories of relationships in positive and negative relationship conditions.


Sun Yating

Email a0123551@u.nus.edu
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My research interest is in the social neurosciences domain. More specifically, I am focusing on the mechanism of interpersonal touch.


Tan Elvis

Email a0094772@u.nus.edu
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I am deeply privileged to be collaborating with Dr. Stephen Lim on areas of evolution and education. We boldly endeavour to explore how we could, perhaps, apply certain evolutionary principles into the educational context to facilitate students' learning. Ideas are still preliminary, and we welcome any suggestions:P Besides these, I have a particular interest in the blooming field of Mindfulness!


Tan Hui Min Jasmine

Email jasmine.tan@u.nus.edu
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I have a broad interest in group dynamics research, especially intergroup and intragroup relations/attitudes, as well as the interindividual-intergroup discontinuity effect. Currently, I am exploring the effects of value activation/arousal on processing of and reactions to ingroup criticism.


Tan Jethro

Email jethro@u.nus.edu
Personal Webpage twitter.com/gadjethro (@gadjethro)
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Besides pursuing my post graduate degree in NUS, I work as a researcher with the Home Team Behavioral Sciences Centre, where I look into matters pertaining to national security and national resilience. Particularly, I try to understand how nations respond and cope with crises (terror attack, health pandemic etc). I will be working with Dr Jia Lile for my thesis. In my free time, I enjoy exploring the implications of technology within society. I am constantly fascinated by how technology can improve lives and how it helps communities cope with crises. I love gadgets.


Tan Yia Chin

Email yiachin@u.nus.edu
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Yia Chin is interested in experimental existential psychology, and is currently working with Dr Jia Lile to explore on topics such as meaning-making in goal pursuit, creativity, and mortality salience. Having also a budding interest in neuroscience, she had a brief stint working as a research assistant in Dr Jean Liu's Social Neuro-Endocrinology Research Group (Synergy Lab) in Yale-NUS. When taking breaks, Yia Chin enjoys decorating the whiteboard (in the graduate students' room) with character drawings from the PhDcomic and taking comfort that graduate students across the world are all in this “together”.


Teh Ning Yen Elizabeth

Email elizabeth.teh.ny@u.nus.edu
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I am interested in neurodevelopmental disorders and how they manifest in affected individuals across the lifespan. In particular, my research focus is on specific challenges and interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorders. As a practising Speech & Language Therapist, I am constantly striving to improve treatments for communication deficits, social skills challenges and atypical emotional understanding in autism.


Teo Tzee Siong Elijah

Email e0046900@u.nus.edu
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Hi everyone! My research interest lies primarily in the area of correctional rehabilitation. Specifically I am keen to know how treatment programmes can be enhanced via implementation science. My current research looks at adverse childhood experiences and delinquency.


Thilanga Dilum Wewalaarachchi

Email thilanga.d.w@u.nus.edu
Personal Webpage https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Thilanga_Wewalaarachchi
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I am interested in investigating the differences in linguistic abilities of simultaneous and sequential bilingual preschoolers, crucially whether there is a ‘learning cost’ associated with asynchronous language learning in early childhood.


Vijaykumar Ranjith

Email r.v@u.nus.edu
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I am doing my PhD with Prof. Mike Cheung in the broad field of quantitative psychology. My interests lie in the analysis of clustered data, SEM and methods of summarizing effects via techniques of meta-analysis. Whenever i put my wannabe-intellectual hat on (which is almost all the time), I like to blabber on vague stuff --mainly politics and history (or my version of it anyhow). I also like to read up on evolutionary paradigms in animal (and human?) behavior, and on processes of discovery and justification in science and other human endeavors. I am also intrigued to no end by human claims about how they behave in groups (these claims go by the name "culture" in some quarters, I hear). To round off, my staple "food for the soul" consists of of j-dramas, k-movies, all of Lu Xun, Western classic stories/fiction, and well...anything American. Safe winds, Traveller.


Wong Kai Yun Caroline

Email caroline_wong@u.nus.edu
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I am interested in cognitive neuroscience, especially in the neural differences between clinical and healthy populations.


Wong Shi Hui Sarah

Email sarahwong@u.nus.edu
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My current research interests lie in the areas of educational and music psychology. In particular, I am interested in investigating cognitive techniques that foster higher-order learning outcomes such as critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity. As a musician, I also have an enduring fascination with exploring how psychological principles can be applied to shed light on music perception and enhance musical learning. More broadly, I seek to understand the optimal conditions that allow individuals to flourish and thrive in and beyond the classroom.


Yeo Christopher Gerard

Email gerardyeo4@gmail.com
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I am a student under the Concurrent Degree Programme (CDP), pursuing both my bachelor and masters degree. Under the supervision of Dr. Ryan Hong, my current research revolves around the psychopathology of anxiety and anxiety disorders, more specifically, focusing on cognitive vulnerabilities of anxiety.


Yeo Pei Shi

Email a0102790@u.nus.edu
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My interest in understanding human behaviour started in my late primary school days. After a few futile years of trying to find answers in astrology, I realised these questions are better served by psychology. As such, this brought me to the Department of Psychology as an undergraduate student and later as a student enrolled in the Concurrent Degree Programme. I am broadly interested in social cognition and am currently working on the domain of ego depletion with Dr Jia Lile. Self-control is an important resource that guides our behaviour (e.g. goal pursuit) and having a better understanding of how to counteract its depletion is something I find intriguing and relevant to our daily lives. In between my duties as a student, I enjoy discovering new places in Singapore, feasting on good food, and catching a few episodes of dramas.


Yip Ting Vania

Email vania.yip@u.nus.edu
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I am interested in the relationship between emotion and cognition, and how it informs automatic emotion regulation, specifically in the context of psychopathology. I have also developed a keen interest in child psychopathology, specifically, how deficits in emotion regulation influence maladaptive outcomes such as risk taking.


Yu Zhaoliang

Email zhaoliang@u.nus.edu
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I am currently exploring how emotions (e.g. gratitude) affect behaviors under the supervision of Dr. Eddie Tong. I have a broad interest in emotions, morals and decision making. I graduated from Nankai University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Psychology. Born and raised in northeast of China, I come to NUS without a sufficient preparation for the hot and wet weather of Singapore, and I still do not have a sunblock now.


Zhen Shanshan

Email shanshanzhen@u.nus.edu
Personal Webpage https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Shanshan_Zhen2
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To understand and explain our ability to process multiple alternatives and choose an optimal course of action, I study both individual and interactive decision-making by combining the methods of behavioral experiments, functional neuroimaging, and formal economic models. I also focus on the development of decision-making in children, which may make real progress in gaining insight into the processes that underlie decisions and choices.


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