Research Categories

Psychology

This category covers:

  • Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Cultural Processes
  • Cultural Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • Human Factors
  • Language Development
  • Neuroimaging
  • Organisational Psychology
  • Personality & Motive Assessment
 
  • Personality
  • Personnel Selection
  • Positive Psychology
  • Primatology
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Psychology of Adolescence
  • Psychology of Language
  • Psychometrics
  • Quantitative Psychology
  • Social Cognition
  • Social Psychology
  • Socio-psychological effects of computer mediated communication: blogs, social networking sites, user-created content, etc
  • Stress and Coping

Some major areas of research as follow:

Cultural Processes
Our area of research examines the dynamic relation between culture and individual psychological processes. Examples of research conducted in the division are the role of culture in the construction of self, the influence of cultural values on psychological resilience, and the role of shared representations of culture and cultural value endorsement in cultural identification processes.

Social Cognition
This area of research examines human thought processes in social contexts. The relevant social contexts could be the perceived presence of social others, situations of interpersonal interaction, and the presence of social groups. Examples of research conducted in the division are the influence of cognitive processes such as categorization and framing on social behavior and group decision making, knowledge estimation and its role in interpersonal communication, and mathematical models of individual and collective decision making.

Personality & Motive Assessment
Our area of research deals with both theoretical and applied aspects of personality and motive assessment. Examples of research conducted in the division are the development and validation of questionnaire and non-questionnaire measures of achievement motivation, examination of culturally-specific factors in assessment of personality, and the establishment of "best practices" for using standard motive-assessment measures.

Developmental Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
Faculties in this area deal with a variety of issues including internalizing disorders and conditions such as depression, anxiety, hopelessness and stress, as well as externalizing disorders and conditions such as aggression, conduct problems and juvenile delinquency, and the inter-relationship among them using both cross-sectional and longitudinal methods. Besides, faculties are actively engaging in the development and evaluation of effective interventions for aggressive children and adolescents.

Cognitive Neuroscience
Our area of research examines the neural basis of cognitive processes, with focus on memory use during sentence processing, representation in visual working memory, and types of manipulation used in verbal working memory. Additionally, it examines the use of semantic long-term memory to supplement verbal short-term memory and the relation between working memory, practice, and intelligence. Faculties are also active to develop new methodological tools to analyze and extract meaningful pattern from high dimensional brain imaging data.

Evolutionary Psychology and Primatology
Evolutionary Psychology (EP) is one of the newest and fastest growing areas of research in psychology. This field provides a framework for understanding the functional basis of human behavior. In EP, principles of natural selection are used to understand psychologicalphenomenon, from our simplest fears and desires, to our most complex traits of language, culture and morality.

EP also focuses on several areas of human behavior often ignored by psychologists such as the foundations of aggression, domestic violence, and sexual deviance, in an attempt to understand the factors that triggers these behavioral patterns. At NTU, there are three branches in the developing Evolutionary Psychology program, Animal Behavior, Primatology and Human Behavior. All three sub-disciplines study behavior from a functional perspective, but differ in the subjects of study. The Human Behavior program focuses on human subjects, the Primatology program focuses on non-human primates, and the Animal Behavior program focuses on the remainder of the animal kingdom.

NameResearch Interests
Assoc Prof Ajai VyasThe Ethoneuro Laboratory is a multidisciplinary research laboratory that works at the interface of neurobiology (approach and avoidance behaviours) and parasitology (behavioural manipulation of host by parasites). Majority of the work will relate to behavioural manipulation of rodents by Toxoplasma. We are a research group within School of Biological Sciences at NTU. We are situated in the warm and welcoming environs of Singapore. Our Research Fear and attraction are evolutionary ancient parts of our psyche. Using animal models, we study how brain brings about these; and what happens when they get mixed up! Our research program is inspired the fact that a parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, can invade rat brain and removes deep-seated fears from a rat’s psyche. Why? So that parasite can hitch-hike a ride to cat intestines (when fearless rat is eaten by the cat) and reproduce there. This paradigm allows access to a really specific perturbation system for fear. In our lab, we try to learn how this parasite manages to make rats fearless. Recently, we have observed that female rats prefer males infected with Toxoplasma over run-of-the-mill uninfected animals. This is interesting because females usually detect and detest parasitized males. A male teeming with parasites is infected because he likely has a poor immune defense, and thus a questionable genetic legacy. The fact that Toxoplasma can get around such evolutionary hard-wired behavior is exciting. We are now trying to learn the mechanisms of this effect.
Asst Prof Ali Faraji RadAli Faraji-Rad is broadly interested in subjective and biological processes that shape people's behaviors and decisions.
Asst Prof (Adj) Ang Chong Han Jansen- Resilience in law enforcement work - Offender behaviour research - Operations Psychology research - Leadership assessment & development research - Psychology of terrorism research - Detection of deception research - Crisis negotiation research
Prof Ang SoonCultural Intelligence International Business International Organizational Behavior Outsourcing Talent Management Human Resource Consulting
Assoc Prof Benjamin Hill DetenberDr. Detenber's research interests include the following: Cognitive and Emotional Responses to Media Use and Impact of Information and Communication Technologies Internet Studies Computer-mediated Communication Media and Public Opinion Political Communication Quantitative Research Methods
Assoc Prof Chan Hiu Dan AliceHer research work mainly utilizes neuroimaging (fMRI) and behavioral measures to investigate how cultural experiences such as language and socialization may shape our brains and affect the way we see and hear the world. Her studies demonstrated that the auditory perception pattern is different between members from East Asian and Western cultures, which is in connection with previous findings on visual perception. She is interested in looking at the underlying cognitive and neuroanatomical mechanisms as well as the genetic bases of these culturally sensitive perceptual patterns and behaviors. Her current work also looks at possible neurophysiological realizations that would support the Whorfian hypothesis, with a specific interest in Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese, as well as bilingual and multilingual communities.
Assoc Prof Chan Kim YinProfessor Chan’s broad area of research expertise is in the area of human resource development and psychological measurement, focusing on entrepreneurial, professional and leadership development. His specific research areas of interest are as follows: 1. Career aspirations, attitudes/orientations and development in the 21st century, including boundarylessness, adaptability, identity & employability. 2. Holistic, lifelong career development in entrepreneurial, professional and leadership dimensions. 3. Leadership – Individual differences, leadership development and the motivation to lead. and development systems, processes and issues. 3. Psychological aspects of Science, Research and Innovation and entrepreneurship. 4. Professions and professional development in the 21st century. 5. Military Leadership and professionalism – competency and values-based/ethical aspects and broader human capital/organizational management
Asst Prof Charlene Chen YijunProfessor Chen's research addresses two overarching questions: (1) when and how consumers regulate their motivational and emotional states through consumption behaviour, and (2) how emotions affect consumers' choices and consumption experience.
Asst Prof Chen Chung-AnDr. Chen is interested in a variety of public and nonprofit management issues. His has published articles on work motivation, nonstandard work arrangements, knowledge creation, and government contracting. His most recent publications pertain to public service motivation, bonus pay, motivation crowding, and self-determination theory.
Assoc Prof Chen Shen-Hsing AnnabelAssoc Prof Chen has a diverse research background, including animal drug studies, human neuropsychological research and cognitive rehabilitation. She has applied Positron Emission Tomography (PET) to study individuals with post-concussion sequelae from mild traumatic brain injury and olfaction in Alzheimer’s Disease, and has been involved in functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) research examining language processing, executive functions, and affective memory in healthy and clinical populations (e.g. stroke, anxiety, schizophrenia, dementia), as well as, assessing neural systems used in motor timing/timing perception in patients with Parkinson's Disease. Her main research interests are to investigate underlying neural substrates involved in higher cognition in the cerebellum, as well as changes in cognitive processes in healthy aging and dementia through the application of neuroimaging techniques, such as fMRI, diffusion MRI,Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), and most recently electroencephalography (EEG). The goal of her research is to apply these paradigms to study and to develop neuroimaging markers in the cerebro-cerebellar circuitry for clinical groups, and to further understand the processes of neurodevelopmental (e.g. schizophrenia, dyslexia, autism) and neurodegenerative (e.g. dementia, healthy aging) conditions that would be informative to evidence-based interventions. A recent research development in her lab, the Clinical Brain lab, is focusing on the Neuroscience of Learning and Education. In particular, their lab is investigating the neurophysiological changes in aging neuroscience for learning in language, memory and executive control networks. This allows development of neuromodulation techniques to optimize and/or enhance brain functions for learning. They are also developing research in understanding the effects of emotion on cognition and self-regulation with the use of neuroimaging