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:
The Clinical Science and Health Psychology area have research interests in psychological and physical well-being. Faculty members investigate various aspects surrounding psychological disorders and symptoms, including etiology, assessment, and intervention strategies. Notable expertise in this area include emotion dysregulation, neuropsychology, autistic spectrum disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, and therapy approaches like cognitive-behavioral therapy and mindfulness. Faculty members specializing in health psychology examines adjustment and treatment adherence to physical illness, with a particular focus on renal diseases.
For more information regarding the research of individual faculty members in the Clinical Science and Health Psychology area, please visit their personal webpages.
Cognitive psychology studies how people perceive, remember, learn, and process information. Areas of inquiry include perception, attention, memory, interval timing, and language processing. The Cognition group at NUS Psychology has notable strengths in the following specific topics: lexical processing, the organization of lexical knowledge in memory, visual attention and visual-spatial perception, and auditory-related cognition. The Cognition group emphasizes research informed by theory and uses both behavioral approaches and techniques such as event-related potentials (ERPs), and neuroimaging.
For more information regarding the research of individual faculty members in the Cognition area, please visit their personal webpages.
Faculty members in the Developmental Psychology area are broadly interested in growth processes in cognitive and socio-emotional functioning of infants, children, and adolescents. The group has specific expertise in infant language development, children’s socio-emotional development in cross-cultural contexts, and attachment relationships in adolescents. Faculty members use a range of experimental and survey methods to address important issues in human development.
For more information regarding the research of individual faculty members in the Developmental Psychology area, please visit their personal webpages.
The Quantitative Psychology area focuses on advancing methodological and statistical techniques used in psychological research. The area has notable expertise in advanced statistical procedures like structural equation modelling, meta-analysis, and the integration between these two approaches (i.e., meta-analytic structural equation modelling). Graduate students in this area would gain a comprehensive understanding of various statistical techniques and be in a good position to handle and evaluate empirical data.
For more information regarding the research of individual faculty members in the Quantitative Psychology area, please visit their personal webpages.
The Social and Cognitive Neuroscience area is a diverse and multidisciplinary group engaging in a wide spectrum of research topics. These topics include examining the neurological bases of (a) cognitive functions like memory, attention, and decision making, (b) perceptions of emotion, and (c) the experience of pain. Related research foci consist of molecular genetics of human behavior, neuroeconomics, and non-human primate neurophysiology. Faculty members in this group are united by an interest in understanding the biological and neurological underpinnings of cognitive function and behavior, and their use of neuroimaging techniques such as EEG and fMRI.
For more information regarding the research of individual faculty members in the Social and Cognitive Neuroscience area, please visit their personal webpages.