Cognitive and Behavioural Science

The Cognitive and Behavioural Science Research Cluster in SSS brings together researchers interested in behavioural sciences, cognition, decision and actions, memory and learning, and brain functions across the development progress of individuals (from infants to students to aged populations). The research cluster includes researchers from behavioural economics, developmental psychology, social psychology, cognitive neuroscience, linguistics and sociology. 

Through research sharing activities, the cluster aims to foster research collaborations and generate research findings and programmes that can help boost healthcare, wellbeing, education, technology advancement, and societal welfare.

The cluster will be collaborating with LKC Medicine, NBS, Engineering Schools (such as CEE, MAE, and SCSE), research centres such as CRADLE, CLC, ARISE, LILY, NTU-WeBank Joint Research Centre, NTU-LTA Transport Research Centre, and Society for Neuroscience (SfN) Singapore.

Cluster Coordinator
Assoc. Prof Xu Hong (Psychology) Xu Hong is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology in the School of Social Sciences. Her research interests include visual perception and neuroscience; human-computer interaction and computational modeling the neural network for perception, cognition, decision and action.

Asst. Prof He Tai-Sen (Economics)

He Tai-Sen is currently an Assistant Professor of Economics in the School of Social Sciences. He uses experimental methods to study problems at the intersection of Economics, Finance and Psychology. His recent research focuses on two interdisciplinary areas: first, how do simple, easy-to-manipulate linguistic interventions influence economic decision-making? Second, what can parents do to foster their children's development in economically important preferences, such as pro-sociality and patience, and skills such as strategic reasoning?
Cluster Members
Assoc. Prof Alice Chan Hiu Dan (SoH-Linguistics and Multilingual Studies) ​Alice 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.
Prof Annabel Chen Shen-Hsing (Psychology) Annabel is currently investigating the neural substrates involved in healthy aging and higher cognition in the cerebellum. The goal of her research is to apply these paradigms to study the cerebro-cerebellar circuitry in clinical populations, to further understand the processes of neurodevelopmental (e.g. schizophrenia, dyslexia, autism) and neurodegenerative (e.g. dementia, healthy aging) conditions to inform and develop evidence-based interventions.
Assoc. Prof Bao Te   (Economics) Te Bao is an associate professor of economics at the Division of Economics, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He obtained his Ph.D in Economics in 2012 from CeNDEF, University of Amsterdam. His research interest includes experimental economics, bounded rationality, behavioral finance and real estate economics. His works are published in Economic Journal, European Economic Review, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Real Estate Economics and Research in Experimental Economics.
Asst. Prof Charle​s Or (Psychology) Charles's research focuses on visual perception of faces, motion, and form, using electrophysiology, psychophysics, and computational modelling as tools. Currently, he is investigating how face detection and face identification can be accomplished rapidly under various circumstances, such as varying viewing angles and the presence of colour, using a novel and objective paradigm of fast periodic visual stimulation during recording of high-density scalp electroencephalograms (EEG). He is also interested in studying cultural variations in visual perception.
Asst. Prof Francis C.K. Wong (SoH-Linguistics and Multilingual Studies) Francis’ current research focuses on studying, using techniques from brain imaging and artificial language learning paradigms, how speech processing is supported by a network of brain areas. 
Assoc. Prof Gianluca Esposito (Psychology) Developmental Clinical Psychologist qualified to advance the ongoing investigations on child psychopathology contributing strengths in human electrophysiology and neuroimaging, complex data modeling, and comparative physiological assessment with the aim of studying typical and atypical development. Nanyang Associate Professor Gianluca Esposito's specific focus is on the comparative physiology across mammalian species of mother-offspring interactions and their implication on psychopathology. 
Asst. Prof Gerrit Maus (Psychology) The Visual Perception Lab run by Nanyang Assistant Professor Gerrit Maus focuses on studies of visual perception and its underlying neural mechanisms, investigating how the brain is able to predict and fill in missing information. Some research projects investigate the role that eye blinks play for visual perception, cognition, and oculomotor control, others investigate filling-in and non-retinal perception. 
Assoc. Prof Ho Moon-Ho Ringo (Psychology) ​Assoc Prof Ho Moon-ho's research interests are concerned with the development and application of quantitative methods, in particular, multilevel modeling, resampling methods, structural equation modeling, and time-series analysis in the neural and behavioral sciences. His current research work focuses on neuroinformatics research, in particular, the theoretical development and applications of multivariate time series analysis method for extracting meaningful information from complex brain imaging data.
Asst. Prof Kenichi Ito (Psychology) ​Kenichi Ito investigates the relationship between culture and the mind. On the one hand, members of a given culture acquire culturally-specific knowledge form their environment. On the other hand, they also recreate the environment from which new members of the culture acquire the knowledge. To investigate such two-way street, Dr. Ito investigates the distinct perceptual and cognitive patterns across different cultural groups and how these patterns are reflected in their environments.
Prof Prof Randy John LaPolla (SoH-Linguistics and Multilingual Studies) Prof Randy work on the intersection of Sino-Tibetan historical linguistics, pragmatics, and linguistic typology has led me to an understanding of communication that is based only on ostension (showing the desire to communicate) and einferential ability is argued to be a natural survival instinct, used to understand the natural word, and also applied to understanding the motivations of other humans when they perform any action. Communication is the application of this ability to situations where another person does something with the intention of having another person infer the motivationsfor the action. Language is an emergent phenomenon, created in the process of trying to constrain the addressee’s inferential process. It is not a “thing”, but our memory of our experiences of our own and other people’s use of linguistic forms to constrain the interpretation. It becomes habit at the personal level and convention at the societal level, so is not governed by logical rules but by conventions in the same way as our conventions of dress, eating, architecture, etc. This view entails that each language is unique, and necessarily reflects the cultural and cognitive categories (world view) of the speakers. Randy would like to develop a large multidisciplinary project to test this view of communicative behavior.
Assoc. Prof Ryo Kitada (Psychology) Ryo Kitada studied cognitive neuroscience in Japan and Canada, completed his Ph.D in Human and Environmental Studies at Kyoto University in Japan. Then, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow and research associate at Queen’s University in Canada. From 2008 to 2016, he worked as an assistant professor at National Institute for Physiological Sciences (NIPS) Japan (tenured since 2014). He won the JPA Award for International Contributions to Psychology from the Japanese Psychological Association, an award given to distinguished young researchers in 2015. Since 2017, he is a Nanyang Associate Professor at NTU. His focuses of research are (1) to understand the mechanisms underlying multisensory perception and social cognition and (2) how innate and postnatal experience are interacted with each other to develop them. He uses both psychophysics and neuroimaging techniques to address these questions. He teaches Biological Psychology for undergraduate students and Neuroscience for graduate students
Assoc. Prof Setoh Pei Pei (Psychology) Associate Professor Setoh Pei Pei is interested in how infants and toddlers make sense of the world around them, and what explanatory frameworks and learning mechanisms enable them to do so. Her research explores early conceptual development in three domains: biological, psychological, and sociomoral. Currently she is focusing on infants and toddler’s expectations about interactions within and between groups.
Assoc. Prof Sun Hsiao-Li Shirley (Sociology) ​Dr. Shirley Sun studies family, population, and genomic science and medicine in global contexts through the concepts of citizenship and "othering". She has special research interests in science, technology and society. Her latest publication is entitled “Socio-economics of personalised medicine in Asia” (2017, Routledge), where she draws on interviews with practicing physicians and medical research scientists in Asia about genome-based precision medicine.
Asst. Prof Suzy Styles (Psychology) ​Suzy Styles investigate how we develop systems of meaning which connect up words like “cat” and “dog” in a way that influences moment-to-moment language comprehension. She also investigate the interface between the sounds of words and their meanings, looking at how viewing a picture can trigger in the mind the idea of its name, and whether some pictures 'look more like' what they are called than others. She is also interested in how each person’s individual’s language experience contributes to their processing of natural language, with an interest in how different writing systems, and different sound systems shape perception and the underlying representation of language.
Assoc. Prof Victoria Leong Vik Ee (Psychology) Dr Victoria Leong (Vicky) is a developmental cognitive neuroscientist who is interested in the neuro-social processes that support learning during early life, such as the synchrony that naturally occurs between mothers and infants. She currently heads the Baby-LINC (Learning through Interpersonal Neural Communication) Lab at the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge where she uses concurrent electroencephalgraphy (EEG) with mothers and infants to study how mother-infant neural activity can become naturally synchronised during social interactions, and how this synchronisation could help babies to learn from their mothers.
Asst. Prof Akshar Saxena (Economics) ​Akshar Saxena’s research is in the area of Health Economics, Applied Econometrics, Public Health.
Prof Yohanes Eko Riyanto (Economics) Professor Yohanes Eko Riyanto's current research is in the areas of Experimental and Behavioral Economics, and Applied Microeconomics. He is currently working on various topics investigating the economics of charitable giving using laboratory controlled and field experiments, social preferences, mechanisms to enhance cooperation and coordination in social dilemma settings, experimental asset markets, and many others. 
Asst. Prof Tan Chin Hong (Pyschology)Dr. Tan is an interdisciplinary cognitive neuroscientist whose research interest lies broadly in using neuroimaging techniques (MRI, PET, DOT), genetics, and psychosocial factors to understand the earliest risk markers of neurodegenerative diseases and cognitive decline.
Asst. Prof Yan Jubo (Economics)Jubo is an Assistant Professor in Economics at Nanyang Technological University. He received his Ph.D. in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University in 2015. His research interests include behavioral economics, experimental economics, and applied microeconomics. Currently, his research focuses on 1) The impact of behavioral factors (e.g., loss aversion, salience, and social preference) on individuals’ responses to public policies; 2) The role of motivated reasoning in individual and group decision making; 3) Policy evaluation in a development context (e.g., human resource allocation).
Asst. Prof Kim Soojin       (Public Policy and Global Affairs)Soojin Kim is an Assistant Professor of the Public Policy and Global Affairs Programme in the School of Social Sciences at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She received her Ph.D. from the School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey at Newark Campus in 2015. Her research interests include public budgeting and financial management, contracting out (back-in), public–private partnerships, citizen satisfaction, policy effectiveness, and institutional arrangements in policy choices.
Assoc. Prof Lin Qiu (Psychology)Lin Qiu is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Nanyang Technological University. He received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University. His research interests include Personality Psychology, Cultural Psychology, Cyberpsychology, Environmental Psychology, and Computational Social Science. His work has appeared in top-tier journals including Psychological Science, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Journal of Research in Personality, Computers in Human Behavior, Journal of Computational Social Science, and Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. He is Associate Editor of Journal of Computational Social Science.
Asst. Prof Darren Yeo (Psychology)Dr. Darren Yeo uses behavioural experiments and neuroimaging (fMRI) to investigate how children and adults learn and think about mathematical symbols, concepts and skills, as well as how and why individuals differ in learning and competence. In another line of work, he studies the relative effectiveness of various learning and instructional strategies (e.g., retrieval practice and use of incorrect worked examples) to inform how individual and classroom learning can be better structured to make knowledge stick
Asst. Prof Yu Junhong (Psychology)Dr Yu is the director of the Cognitive and Brain Health Laboratory. His research revolves broadly around neuropsychology and cognitive aging. In particular, he makes use of multimodal neuroimaging to study neurocognitive disorders, superior cognitive aging, neural predictors of cognitive decline and cognitive enhancement interventions.
Asst. Prof Yeo Xiong Wei, Jonathan (Economics)Jonathan’s research interests are in Behavioural and Experimental Economics, especially in relation to Sociology and Culture. He is particularly interested in how socio-psychological and economic factors interact to influence outcomes like inequality and efficiency. Currently, his first set of projects studies how social identities are formed and how they can be influenced to reduce frictions and improve efficiency. His second set of projects studies the emergence of leadership in groups and how it affects economic outcomes.
Assoc. Prof Jonathan Tan (Economics)Behavioral Game Theory, in particular boundedly rational reasoning and social preferences in games, especially but non-exclusively in dynamic games. Experimental Economics is Jonathan’s primary data collection method, which he also complement with questionnaire data from social psychological inventories or from the German Social Economic Panel (SOEP). He also use experimental methods to explore individual differences in personality or socio-cognitions and cultural (in particular religious and ethnic) as influences on strategic behavior in groups and society. Health Economics, Public Economics, and Industrial Organization are some of the main areas to which he apply behavioral and experimental insight. His recent projects involve organ and blood donation, public project collaboration, socially responsible investment, future transport systems, legislative bargaining, and R&D races.
Asst. Prof Tang Cheng Keat (Economics)Cheng Keat is an applied microeconomist and his research interests include Urban and Housing Economics, Transportation Economics, Environmental Economics and Economics of Crime. Specifically, his research focuses on quantifying the externalities of driving, measuring the cost of climate change, valuing non-market amenities using revealed preference framework, understanding how neighborhood quality can influence various socio-economic outcomes, and conducting policy evaluations intended to minimize negative externalities in cities (e.g congestion, crime, pollution etc).