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MERL is one of the eleven centres of research excellence in the National Institute of Education of Singapore. Our consultants are Professors Edward Deci and Richard Ryan, the creators of Self-Determination Theory and founders of the Rochester Human Motivation Laboratory. Research at MERL focuses primarily on motivational issues in education and sports, guided primarily by the Self-Determination Theory and other major motivational theories such as the Achievement Goal Theory.

Our international advisory panel, international facultylocal faculty, as well as graduate students have been growing steadily since the establishment of the laboratory. We now have a total of 13 renowned professors in our international advisory panel, and a total of 7 international faculty members.

Our purpose is primarily to translate research findings on motivation into practical guides for teachers and practitioners in Singapore for application in schools. We also regularly organise conferences and seminars as a platform for knowledge sharing on the latest research in various fields related to motivation.

We are led by Professor John Wang and Professor Liu Woon Chia, and is advised by Professor Tan Oon Seng. There are also several other core faculty members and full-time research staff in MERL.

Prof Wang

Motivation is a very powerful driving force. Our beliefs and drive can determine our destiny, perhaps more so than the abilities we were born with.

Professor John Wang, Founder Of MERL

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NIE5-03-02A | Block 5, Level 3, Room 02A
National Institute of Education
1 Nanyang Walk Singapore 637616

[email protected] (for general enquiries)
Alternatively, you may contact any of the faculty or research staff directly through their emails.