Research Participation Programme

The Research Participation (RP) Programme at the Department of Psychology at NUS is an essential component for undergraduate studies and provides a participant pool for researchers. The Programme provides students an opportunity to participate, as well as observe on-going research in the department.

As part of a good Psychology education, it is essential for Psychology undergraduate students to understand the methods and procedures for psychological research from both the perspective of the participant and the researcher. To this end, participation in Psychology experiments has been part of the undergraduate Psychology Programme at NUS since it began. This requirement is not unique to NUS but is in fact an integral part of Psychology programmes worldwide.

To all new participants and researchers, welcome to the research community at the Department of Psychology, NUS. We encourage you to embrace this opportunity to experience and take part in current psychological research.

At NUS, as is the case at many other universities, students can fulfill this requirement in two ways:

  1. Students can opt to act as participants in staff and senior student projects and accumulate points (14 per module) by signing up for approved experiments.
    All research would have been reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) before any data collection can begin.


  2. The RP coordinator can arrange for students to act as observers for two experiments before they write up two reports (c. 1,000-2,000 words each) about the logistics, design and procedure the experimenters were using.

Go to the Research Participation Programme page.

Ethics Review of Projects

Student and staff projects require approval by the NUS Institutional Review Board (IRB) before they can commence. For more information and the relevant forms, see

Student projects that qualify for IRB review exemption may be reviewed by the Department Ethics Review Committee (DERC). A guidelines and application forms can be found below:

- Ethics Review of Student Research
- Sample Consolidated Application Package for Departmental Review
- Application Form (SBER)
- Application Form (HBR)
- SBER Guidelines – PIS and Consent Form (For DERC applications)
- HBR Guidelines – PIS and Consent Form (For DERC applications)
- Cover Form for Application for Department Ethics Review
- Application for Protocol Amendment (for Department-Approved Study)

Examples of the Participation Information Sheet and Consent Form can be found at the IRB website.

Research Groups

Adolescent Psychology Lab Director:
Sim Tick Ngee
Attitudes and Social Cognition Lab Director:
Michelle See
Child Development Lab Director:
Ding Xiao Pan
Cognition and Education Lab Director:
Stephen Lim
Emotion and Cognition Lab Director:
Eddie Tong
Situated Goal Pursuit Lab Director:
Jia Lile
Industrial-Organizational Psychology Lab Director:
Al Au
Patricia Chen
Infant Lab Director:
Leher Singh
Memory and Speech Lab Director:
Winston Goh
Neuroscience of Cognition Lab Director:
Nicholas Hon
Perception and Attention Lab Director:
Chua Fook Kee
Personality and Psychopathology Lab Director:
Ryan Hong
Psycholinguistics Lab Director:
Melvin J. Yap
Psychological Trauma and Resilience Lab Director:
Catherine Tang
Social Neuroscience Lab Director:
Yu Rongjun
Quantitative Psychology Lab Director:
Mike Cheung
Virtual Lab Director:
Maria Kozhenikov

Departmental Resources

Research Rooms Available to Psychology Staff and Students for Booking

Room Number Room Revised Capacity
Covid-19 Period
Equipment Software installed in PC Remarks
AS5-04-06 Experimental Cubicle 1 1 1 Mac, 1 PC E-Prime 3.0
AS5-04-09 Experimental Cubicle 4 1 1 Mac, 1 PC E-Prime 3.0
AS5-04-10 Experimental Cubicle 5 1 1 PC E-Prime 3.0
AS5-04-17 Research Computer Lab 1 5 10 PCs MS Office; E-Prime 2.0 and 3.0
AS5-04-21 Research Computer Lab 2 5 10 PCs MS Office; E-Prime 2.0 and 3.0
AS7-02-01 Computer Lab 15 26 PCs MS Office; E-Prime 2.0 and 3.0; SPSS
AS7-02-01A Computer Lab 12 21 PCs MS Office; E-Prime 2.0 and 3.0; SPSS

Publicizing your experiments

The following outlets can be used to publicize your study. Studies tapping the research participant pool should use the SONA sysem, which can be accessed at Experimenters who are recruiting paid participants can make use of the following web-based resources: 1), and 2) (Facebook account required).

Equipment for loan

The following equipment can be loaned to staff and student researchers.

Items Quantity
Camcorder 11
Digital Camera 1
Cassette Recorder 5
Computer Speaker 19
Digital Voice Recorder 1
External CD-EW Drive 2
Headphone 89
Laptop 4
LCD Projector 4
Microphone 5
Port Replicator 1
Professional Presenter 1
Radio 1
Remote Control 11
Remote Controller Telecommander 1
Scanner 1
Serial Response Box 5
Stopwatch 23
Tripod 11
VCD Player 2

Rules and Regulations

Researchers who have booked room facilities or reserved departmental equipment must ensure that the rooms and equipment are fully utilized during the time that they have reserved them.

Staff and student researchers can book these rooms. Researchers can book a maximum of 3 cubicles. The cubicles can be used for 2 hours at a time (the booking is renewable every 2 hours if it is available).

Making Reservations

Rooms and equipment are loaned to staff and student researchers on a first-come-first-served basis and are subject to availability. First priority for the Computer Labs is given to timetabled classes. The use of rooms and equipment for teaching purposes also precede their use for research purposes.

The rooms and equipment listed above for loan can be reserved through Ms Loh Poh Yee ( during office hours (0730 - 1700 Mon-Thu / 0730 - 1630 Fri). Researchers could check for the availability of rooms at before making any reservation. Please note that reservations for both rooms and equipment can be made only in person.

Undergraduate students need to produce IRB/DERC documentation or an authorization email from their project supervisor to reserve rooms and/or equipment for their research projects.

Cancelling Reservations

In the event that researchers anticipate not using a room or a piece of equipment that they have booked, they MUST cancel the booking at least FOUR working days in advance. For example, a reservation for a room or the loan of a video-camera on Monday which will not be used on the day, has to been cancelled by Tuesday of the previous week.

Researchers who fail to cancel their unused room bookings or equipment reservations will be subjected to a penalty of not having access to room bookings for ONE week per 1-hour booking not honoured. This penalty applies to specified timeslots, not just days.

The 4-day advance notification is the minimum time required for other researchers in need of rooms to make suitable arrangements. Giving up the rooms at the last minute is effectively the same as booking the rooms but not using them, which deprives others in need of rooms.

Scanning Your Storage Devices

Researchers are reminded to regularly scan their storage devices (USB thumb drives, external harddrives) particularly before using them on computers in the Computer Labs and Cubicles.

Backing Up Your Data

All computers in the Computer Labs and the Cubicles are updated and all data in their respective harddrives are cleared at regular intervals throughout the year. All researchers are responsible for storing their data on removable storage devices and for backing up their data on other media.

Observing the Rules

Students who do not observe the rules and regulations governing the booking system will receive appropriate censure, and abuse of the booking system will be made known to project supervisors and undergraduate level coordinators.

Operating Hours of Computer Labs

0900 – 2100 hrs (Mon-Fri, excluding Public Holidays)

Departmental Test Library

The Departmental Test Library contains an extensive range of psychological test materials. Eligible borrowers* include:

  • Faculty Members of the Department of Psychology;
  • Enrolled students in the Master of Psychology (Clinical) Programme;
  • Psychologists whose services are engaged by the Clinical Health and Psychology Centre at National University of Singapore.

  • *Although faculty members and enrolled students in the Clinical Programme are eligible borrowers, access restrictions to some of the test materials will still be applicable to some of these borrowers.

    The Test Library is located in the Clinical and Health Psychology Centre. Unfortunately, it is not able to lend the test materials to the other departments of the University and the public as the Test Library is self-funded (i.e., the Test Library is not financially able to provide a university or community-wide service). In addition, the Test Library is obliged to ensure that only staff/students with the appropriate qualifications are permitted to access restricted psychological material.

    Test library policies, application material, and an updated list of library resources can be found at the links below. As the test materials are shared resources and funded by the University, all borrowers must familiarize themselves with Test Library policies.

    - Instructions and Guidelines of Test Library
    - List of Test Library Resources
    - Borrower's Qualification Form

    Consultancy Levy Fund

    Currently not accepting applications

    Note: The department is presently NOT processing new applications for the Consultancy Levy Fund. This page will be updated when applications are again open. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.

    The Consultancy Levy Fund (CLF) is open to members of NUS Department of Psychology, and undergraduate/graduate students as well as staff are encouraged to apply. The CLF is primarily intended to support student research projects (e.g., Honours theses, dissertations) but staff are also invited to apply if alternative funding for their projects is not available. Requests for up to S$1,000 will be considered by the Research Committee.

    Student applicants should ensure that requests for alternative sources of research funding from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) are sought alongside (if not prior to) this CLF application. Requests for items should not be duplicated in funding applications (e.g., the CLF application could request item A and the FASS application could request item B, but neither applications should request both items A and B). The latest details of such alternative funding sources from the FASS can be found at the following links.

    For graduate students:
    Claims for Student Project Expenses Form

    For undergraduates:
    FASS39-06 Student Project Funding Form

    Staff applicants should ensure that requests for alternative sources of research funding have been sought prior to this CLF application, the details of which should be attached along with the completed CLF application form. Some sources of alternative funding schemes are described at the following link:
    (Click on "Staff Research Portal")