Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Assoc Prof Jung Younbo

Associate Chair (Academic)
Associate Professor, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information

Assoc Prof Jung Younbo

Dr. Younbo Jung is Associate Professor and Associate Chair - Academic at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Dr. Jung earned his B.A. and M.A. degree in Telecommunication at Michigan State University and his Ph.D. at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California.

In teaching, Dr. Jung received four teaching-related awards at NTU: Nanyang Excellence in Teaching Award in 2010, Nanyang Education Award (College) in 2013, Nanyang Education Award (University) – Bronze in 2014, and Koh Boon Hwee Scholar’s Award (mentorship award) in 2014. He is the inaugural Fellow of Teaching Excellence Academy since 2014.

In research, his interests include socio-psychological effects of interactive media such as video games, virtual reality systems, human-robot interaction, and their applications in education and medical aids. Dr. Jung supports interdisciplinary research and has successfully collaborated on many research projects with scholars in computer science, electrical engineering, physical therapy, and social work. In Singapore his interviews have been featured on Channel NewsAsia (CNA) and in articles in the Strait Times.
Research Interests
Dr. Jung has published research on the use of new interactive technologies in medical interventions (e.g., virtual reality and haptics-enhanced systems for learning motor functions in stroke rehabilitation; and patient/clinician distribution platform with tele-rehabilitation application), the Internet and computer training for seniors to cross the digital divide, the effects of social robots' embodiment on their meaningful social interactions with humans, and the use of videogames and social TV for seniors' subjective well-being and intergenerational bonding. His work has appeared in International Journal of Human Computer Studies, Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, Journal of Cultural and Evolutionary Psychology, ,Computers in Human Behavior, Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, and proceedings of CHI and IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications Workshops. Currently, Dr. Jung examines the development and assessment of VR/AR programs for the well-being and vocational training of the elderly in Singapore, funded by SkillsFuture Singapore.
Current Projects
  • AGameF: Design and Development of an Intergenerational Digitally Mediated Fitness Game for Elderly Users
  • Examining how anonymity, social norms, and secondary goals influence online verbal aggression
  • It's the Role, Stupid Effects of Role Enactment and Embodiment on User Responses in Human-Robot-Interaction
  • Multi-Platform Game Innovation Centre (MAGIC)
  • Social TV for the Elderly
  • Supplementary Fund - A/P Jung Younbo
  • To Whom are We Polite: An Examination of People's Politeness of Disagreement Messages amongst Friends and Strangers
  • Tongue-tied Ties: Effects of Language, Intergroup Boundariesand Goal Attainment In Intergenerational Gameplay
  • Understanding Violence from a Role-Play Perspective: Effects of Various Types of Violent Video Games
  • Virtual and augmented reality training systems for the elderly in Singapore
  • Walking With A Digital Cane: Exploring The Potential OfVirtual Reality And Augmented Reality Training Systems ForThe Elderly In Singapore
  • Walking with a digital cane: Exploring the potential of virtual reality and augmented reality training systems for the elderly in Singapore
Selected Publications
  • Younbo Jung, Hyun Jee Oh, Jeremy Sng, Joung Huem Kwon, Benjamin H Detenber. (2015). Revisiting Gender Preference for a First-Person Shooter Videogame: Effects of Non-Verbal Sensitivity and Gender on Enjoyment. Interacting with Computers, 27(6), 697-705.
  • Younbo Jung, Jeff Hall, Renyi Hong, Tiffany Goh, Natalynn Ong, Nathanael Tan. (2014). Payback: Effects of relationship and cultural norm on reciprocity in a hybrid trust-dictator game. Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 17(3), 160-172.
  • Hayeon Song, Jihyun Kim, Remi J Kwon, Younbo Jung. (2013). Anti-smoking game using avatars as visualized possible selves. Computers in Human Behavior, 29(5), 2029-2036.
  • Jung, Y., Peng, W., Meghan, M., Jin, S., Jordan-Marsh, M., McLaughlin, M. L. (2010). Low-income minority seniors’ enrollment in a cyber café: Psychological barriers to crossing the digital divide. Educational Gerontology, 36(3), 193-212.
  • Lee, K. M., Jung, Y., Kim, J., & Kim, S. R. (2006). Are physically embodied social agents better than disembodied social agents?: The effects of physical embodiment, tactile interaction, and people's loneliness in human-robot interaction. International Journal of Human Computer Studies, 64, 962-973.

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