Science, Society and Governance Cluster

The Science, Society and Governance Cluster in SSS brings together researchers interested in brain function, cognition, individual and/or social behaviours, science and technology development, society, and policy. Through research sharing activities, we aim to foster research collaborations and future research programme development. The cluster members are actively engaged in developing the neuroscience programme and collaborating with researchers in NTU, Singapore and overseas. 

The cluster has hosted research seminars by local and international speakers, workshops and conferences such as Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Track in the IIAS-Lien 2019 Conference on Effective, Accountable and Inclusive Governance (2019), Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Workshop (2017), the Big Data in Asia Workshop (2016), the first International Symposium of Cognition and Neuroscience (ISCN 2016), the Asia-Pacific Conference on Vision (APCV 2015), and Global STS Conference (2013). 


Cluster Coordinator
Xu Hong Dr. Hong XU is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology in the School of Social Sciences since 2009. She received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Peking University, Master and Ph.D degrees in Statistics and Psychology from University of Chicago respectively. Her research interests include visual perception in human and non-human primates; human-computer interaction and computational modeling the neural network from vision to decision and action.​
Sabrina Luk Ching Yuen Dr. Luk's research interests lie broadly in aging and healthcare reforms, e-government and governance in Asia, smart cities and cyber security, public administration, public policy analysis, and China studies. She was a recipient of the 2012 Michael O'Rourke PhD Publication Award at the University of Birmingham for her research contributions and publication record. She was also the Highly Commended Award Winner of the 2013 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards in the Healthcare Management Category.​
Cluster Members
​Alice Chan Hiu Dan​ ​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.
Annabel Chen Shen-Hsing 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. 
Bao Te ​Te Bao is an assistant 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.
​Bobby Cheon​ ​Bobby’s research investigates how people conceptualize and navigate relations with fellow group members (in-groups) and people belonging to other groups (out-groups) in response to environmental pressures and demands. Towards this objective, he investigates how perceived threats from the environment influence and interact with neurobiological mechanisms to shape intragroup processes (e.g., empathy, cooperation, affiliation), intergroup processes (e.g., prejudice, in-group favoritism, discrimination), as well as cultural diversity in these group processes. He is also applying his research on culture, social experience, and group processes to study the social modulation of eating behaviors, appetite, and nutritional health.​
Charle​s Or 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.
Chou Meng-Hsuan​​ ​Hsuan's research interests lie at the intersection of public policy, regionalism, and international relations. Hsuan is currently researching how governments in Asia, Europe, and North America compete for talent in a globalised world, how scholarly networks are organised across time, and the emergence and evolution of higher education regionalisms.​
Francis C.K. Wong His 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. 

​Gianluca Esposito​ 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 Associaite Professor Gianluca Esposito's specific focus is on the comparative physiology across mammalian species of mother-offspring interactions and their implication on psychopathology. 
​Gerrit Maus 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. 
​Ho Moon-Ho Ringo ​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.
Kenichi Ito​ ​Dr. 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.
Randy John LaPolla My 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 motivations
for 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. I would like to develop a large multidisciplinary project to test this view of communicative behavior.
​Ryo Kitada ​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
​Ian Rowen ​​Ian Rowen is an Assistant Professor of Geography at Nanyang Technological University and Associate Researcher at the French Center for Research on Contemporary China (CEFC). He has been a postdoctoral fellow at Academia Sinica Institute of Ethnology (2016-2017), a Fulbright Scholar (2013-2014) and US National Science Foundation EAPSI and IGERT Fellow (2011-2012), and a visiting scholar at Fudan University and the University of Tübingen.​
​Setoh Pei Pei Assistant 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.
​Sulfikar Amir​ ​Sulfikar Amir is an Associate Professor of Science, Technology, and Society (STS) and a faculty member of Sociology Programme at the School of Social Sciences NTU. His research interests primarily focus on examining institutional, political, and epistemological dimensions of scientific knowledge and technological structures. He has conducted research on technological nationalism, development and globalisation, nuclear politics, risk and disaster governance, and city and infrastructure studies. 
​Sun Hsiao-Li Shirley​ ​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.
​Suzy Styles ​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.
Victoria Leong Vik Ee ​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.
Wang Jue ​Wang Jue is an Associate Professor of Public Policy and Global Affairs at NTU. She received her PhD in Public Policy from Georgia Tech. She also has her Master degree in Management and Bachelor degree in Biomedical Engineering. She was a research fellow in Fraunhofer Institute for System and Innovation Research (ISI) in Germany in 2005-2006 and an assistant professor of public administration at Florida International University in USA during 2008-2011. She does research in the field of research and innovation policy, and has published in Nature, Research Policy, Science and Public Policy, Small Business Economics, Journal of Cleaner Production, etc.
​​Yohanes Eko Riyanto Associate 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. ​


Faculty and researchers from the following disciplines (not exhaustive), Schools, and research centres could participate in this research thrust:


The cluster hopes to generate research findings and programmes that can help boost wellbeing, science and technology advancement (e.g., big data, human centric AI systems), and societal welfare. Strength includes:

  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • Human perception and AI designs
  • Human factors in transport and virtual environments
  • Life-long learning
  • Research on big data and e-government

Future Healthcare, The New Silk Road, Innovation Asia

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

The cluster has hosted research seminars by local and international speakers, workshops and conferences such as Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Track in the IIAS-Lien 2019 Conference on Effective, Accountable and Inclusive Governance (2019), Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Workshop (2017), the Big Data in Asia Workshop (2016), the first International Symposium of Cognition and Neuroscience (ISCN 2016), the Asia-Pacific Conference on Vision (APCV 2015), and Global STS Conference (2013).

Besides these research activities, the cluster members are active in research collaborations with internal and external funding agencies.

Cognitive neuroscience, Science policy and governance, Science technology and society, Big data in social science, Human and AI interaction, Solutions to neurological diseases, Wellness of the aged populations.

Sabrina Ching Yuen Luk 2020 Ageing, Long-term Care Insurance and Healthcare Finance in Asia. Abingdon, Oxon; New York, NY: Routledge.

Zhang, X., Luk, S.C.Y., Han, Y., Chen, G., Zhang, G., Zhu, B., and Luchters, S. (2019) Ethical Considerations for Conducting Sexual and Reproductive Health Research with Female Adolescents Engaged in High-risk Behaviours in China. Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare, 20: 46-53 

Sun, Shirley , Li, Shao-Tzu, and Ngeow Joanne. “Factors shaping at-risk individuals’ decisions to undergo genetic testing for cancer in Asia,” Health and Social Care in the Community 

Sun, Shirley. (2020). “Clinical usefulness of genetic testing for drug toxicity in cancer care: decision-makers’ framing, knowledge and perceptions.” New Genetics and Society 

Sun, Shirley. (2020). “Between Personalized and Racialized Precision Medicine: A Relative Resources Perspective.” International Sociology, 35(1), 90-110

Schaefer, G. Owen, E Shyong Tai and Shirley Sun. (2019). “Precision Medicine and Big Data The Application of an Ethics Framework for Big Data in Health and Research.” Asian Bioethics Review, 11(3), 275-288.

Xafis, Vicki, G. Owen Schaefer, Markus K. Labude, Iain Brassington, Angela Ballantyne, Hannah Yeefen Lim, Wendy Lipworth, Tamra Lysaght, Cameron Stewart, Shirley Sun, Graeme T. Laurie, E Shyong Tai. (2019). “An Ethics Framework for Big Data in Health and Research,” Asian Bioethics Review, 11(3), 227-254.

Shao-Tzu Li, Shirley Sun, Desiree Lie, Marie Met-Domestici, Eliza Countney, Sapna Menon, Geok Hoon Lim and Joanne Ngeow. 2018. “Factors influencing the decision to share cancer genetic results among family members: an in-depth interview study of women in an Asian setting.” Psycho-Oncology, 27: 998-1004 

Wei Li, Jue Wang, Rongxiao Chen, Yongqin Xi, Shi Qiang Liu, Feimei Wu, Mahmoud Masoud, and Xueping Wu (2019), “Innovation-driven industrial green development: the moderating role of regional factors”. Journal of Cleaner Production 222: 344-354.

Jue Wang, Rosalie Hooi, Andrew Li and Meng-Hsuan Chou (2019), “Collaboration patterns of mobile academics: the impact of international mobility”. Science and Public Policy 46(3): 450-462.

Jue Wang and Rosalie Hooi (2019), “The moderation effect of workplace experience on innovation motivation: a study of STEM faculty in Singapore”. Technology Analysis & Strategic Management 31(7): 862-874

Jue Wang (2018), “Innovation and government intervention: A comparison of Singapore and Hong Kong”. Research Policy 47(2): 399-412. 

Jue Wang and Liwei Zhang (2018), “Proximal advantage in knowledge diffusion: Evidence from publication citations”. Journal of Informetrics 12(3): 858-867. 

Yasmin Ortiga, Meng-Hsuan Chou, Gunjan Sondhi, and Jue Wang (2018), “Working within the Aspiring Centre: Professional Status and Mobility Among Migrant Faculty in Singapore”. Higher Education Policy (online first). 

Liwei Zhang and Jue Wang (2018), “Why highly cited articles are not highly tweeted?”. Scientometrics 117(1): 495-509. 

Yasmin Ortiga, Meng-Hsuan Chou, Gunjan Sondhi and Jue Wang (2018), “Academic ‘centres’, Epistemic difference and brain circulation”. International Migration 56(5): 90–105. 

Jue Wang and Wenxuan Yu (2017), “Government Performance in the Eyes of Business: An Empirical Study of SMEs in China”. Public Performance and Management Review 40(4): 701-721.

Bao, T., Diks, C.H.G., and Li, H., (2018) "Generalized CAPM Model with Independent Identically Asymmetric Power Distributed (IIAPD) Errors", Economic Modelling, 68, 611-621.  

Bao, T., Hommes, C.H., and Makarewicz, T.A. (2017), "Bubble Formation and (In)efficient Markets in Learning-to-Forecast and -Optimize Experiments", Economic Journal, 127(605), F581-F609.  

Bao, T., Dai, Y., and X. Yu (2018), "Memory and Discounting: Theory and Evidence", Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, 88, 21-30.  

Shiwen Quan, Yinchu Zeng, Xiaohua Yu and Te Bao (2018) "WTP for Baby Milk Formula in China: Using Attribute Non-Attendance as a priori Information to Select Attributes in Choice Experiment." Agribusiness: An International Journal, 34(2), 300-320.  

Xile Yin, Jianbiao Li and Te Bao (2019), "Does Overconfidence Promote Cooperation? Theory and Experimental Evidence", Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, 79, 119-133.  

Te Bao and Xiaohua Yu (2019), "Social Norm and Giving with Indivisibility of Money: An Experiment on Selfishness, Equity, and Generosity", Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, 175(2), 272-290.  

Te Bao and Jichuan Zong (2019), "The Impact of Interest Rate Policy Announcement on Asset Bubbles in Experimental Markets", Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, 107, 103735.  

Setoh, P., *Lee, K. J., *Zhang, L., Qian, M. K., Quinn, P. C., Heyman, G. D., & Lee, K. (2019). Racial categorization predicts implicit racial bias in preschool children. Child Development, 90(1), 162-179.

Setoh, P., *Zhao, S., Santos, R., Heyman, G. D., & Lee, K. (2020). Parenting by lying in childhood is associated with negative developmental outcomes in adulthood. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 189(2020), 104680.

Georgieva, S., Lester, S., Noreika, V., Yilmaz, M.N., Wass, S., & Leong, V. (2020). Topographical and spectral signatures of infant and adult movement artifacts in naturalistic EEG. Frontiers in Neuroscience.

Wass, S.V., Whitehorn, M., Marriot Haresign, I., Phillips, E., & Leong, V. (2020). Interpersonal neural synchrony and responsivity during early learning interactions. Trends in Cognitive Sciences. doi: 10.31234/

Santamaria, L., Noreika, V., Georgieva, S., Clackson, K., Wass, S., & Leong, V. (2020). Emotional valence modulates the topology of the parent-infant inter-brain network. NeuroImage, 207, 116341. 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2019.116341

Noreika, V., Wass, S., Georgieva, S., & Leong, V. (2020). 14 challenges and their solutions for conducting social neuroscience and longitudinal EEG research with infants. Infant Behaviour & Development, 58, 101393. doi: 10.31234/

Clackson, K., Wass, S., Georgieva, S., Brightman, L., Nutbrown, R., Almond, H., Bieluczyk, J., Carro, G., Rigby-Dames, B., & Leong, V. (2019). Do mothers help or hinder? The effects of maternal scaffolding on infants’ performance in an object search task. Frontiers in Psychology, 10:2661. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02661

Leong, V., & Schilbach, L. (2019). The promise of two-person neuroscience for developmental psychiatry: Using interaction-based sociometrics to identify disorders of social interaction. British Journal of Psychiatry, 215(5), 636-638. doi:

Wass, S.V., Noreika, V., Georgieva,S., Clackson, K., Brightman, L., Nutbrown, R., Santamaria, L., & Leong, V. (2018). Parental neural responsivity to infants’ visual attention: how mature brains influence immature brains during social interaction. PloS Biology, 16(12): e2006328

Wass, S.V., Clackson, K., Georgieva,S.D., Brightman, L., Nutbrown, R., & Leong, V. (2018). Infants’ visual sustained attention is higher during joint play than solo play: is this due to increased endogenous attention control or exogenous stimulus capture? Developmental Science, 21(6), e12667.  

Wass, S.V., Clackson, K. & Leong, V. (2018). Increases in arousal are more long-lasting than decreases in arousal: On homeostatic failures during emotion regulation in infancy. Infancy, 1-22. DOI: 10.1111/infa.12243

Wass, S.V., de Barbara, K., Clackson, K. & Leong, V. (2018). New meanings of thin-skinned: the contrasting attentional profiles of typical 12-month-olds who show high, and low, stress reactivity. Developmental Psychology, 54(5),816-828, 10.1037/dev0000428

Neale, D., Clackson, K., Georgieva, S., Dedetas, H., Scarpate, M., Wass, S., & Leong, V. (2018).  Towards a neuroscientific understanding of play: A multi-dimensional methodological framework for analysing adult-infant neurobehavioural play patterns. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 273. 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00273  

Yang J, Kitada R*, Kochiyama T, Yu Y, Makita K, Araki Y, Wu J* and Sadato N (2017) Brain networks involved in tactile speed classification of moving dot patterns: the effects of speed and dot periodicity Scientific Reports, 7, 40931

Okamoto Y*, Kosaka H, Kitada R, Seki A, Tanabe HC, Hayashi MJ, Kochiyama T, Saito DN, Yanaka HT, Munesue T, Ishitobi M, Omori M, Wada Y, Okazawa H, Koeda T, Sadato N (2017) Age-dependent atypicalities in body- and face-sensitive activation of the EBA and FFA in individuals with ASD. Neuroscience Research 119, 38-52

Sumiya M, Koike T, Okazaki S, Kitada R* & Sadato N* (2017) Brain networks of social action-outcome contingency: the role of the ventral striatum in integrating signals from the sensory cortex and medial prefrontal cortex. Neuroscience Research 123, 43-54

Fujimoto S, Tanaka S, Laakso I, Yamaguchi T, Kon N, Nakayama T, Kondo K and Kitada R* (2017) The Effect of Dual-Hemisphere Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation Over the Parietal Operculum on Tactile Orientation Discrimination. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience 11:173.

Kawamichi H*, Sugawara SK, Hamano YH, Kitada R, Nakagawa E, Kochiyama T, Sadato N (2018) Neural correlates underlying change in state self-esteem Scientific Reports 8,  1798

Okamoto Y*, Kitada R, Miyahara M, Kochiyama T, Naruse H, Sadato N, Okazawa H, Kosaka H (2018) Altered perspective-dependent brain activationfor viewing hands and associated imitation difficulties for individuals with ASD NeuroImage: Clinical, 19, 384-395 

Rajaei N, Aoki N, Takahashi HK, Miyaoka T, Kochiyama T, Ohka M, Sadato N, Kitada R* (2018) The brain networks underlying conscious tactile perception of textures revealed by the Velvet Hand Illusion Human Brain Mapping, 39, 4787-4801

Sasaki AT, Okamoto Y, Kochiyama T, Kitada R*, Sadato N (2018) Distinct sensitivities of the lateral prefrontal cortex and extrastriate body area to contingency between executed and observed actions Cortex, 108, 234-251.

Fahey S, Santana C, Kitada R, Zheng Z* (2019) Affective judgment of social touch on a hand modulated by hand embodiment Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 72, 2408-2422 

Suvilehto JT, Nummenmaa L, Harada T, Dunbar RIM, Hari R, Turner R, Sadato N, Kitada R* (2019) Cross-cultural similarity in relationship-specific social touching Proceedings of the Royal Society B 286(1901):20190467

Ito K*, Chew Wei O, Kitada R* (2019) Emotional Tears Communicate Sadness But Not Excessive Emotions Without Other Contextual Knowledge. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 878

Kitada R*, Doizaki R, Kwon J, Nakagawa E, Kajimoto H, Sakamoto M, Sadato N (2019) Brain networks underlying tactile softness perception: a functional magnetic resonance imaging study NeuroImage 197, 156-166.

Kanayama N*, Hara M, Watanabe J, Kitada R, Sakamoto M, Yamawaki S (in press) Controlled emotional tactile stimulation during functional magnetic resonance imaging and Electroencephalography Journal of Neuroscience Methods

Pasqualotto A*, Jia Yin C, Ohka M, Kitada R* (in press) The effect of object compliance on the velvet hand illusion IEEE Transactions on Haptics 

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Okamoto Y*, Kitada R, Kochiyama T, Naruse H, Makita K, Miyahara M, Okazawa H and Kosaka H* (accepted) Visual Body Part Representation in the Lateral Occipitotemporal Cortex in Children/Adolescents and Adults. Cerebral Cortex Communications  

Bhattacharjee S*, Kashyap R**, Abualait T, Chen SHA, Woo-Kyoung Yoo & Shahid Bashir (2020): The Role of Primary Motor Cortex: More Than Movement Execution, Journal of Motor Behavior, DOI: 10.1080/00222895.2020.1738992 (SJR-Q3;JCR-Q4;IF-1.313)

#Makowski D**, Ben-Shachar MS, Chen SHA and Ldecke D (2019) Indices of Effect Existence and Significance in the Bayesian Framework. Front. Psychol. 10:2767. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02767 (Tier1; JCR-Q1; IF-2.323)

#Kashyap R**, Bhattacharya S, Yeo BTT & Chen SHA (2019) Maximizing Dissimilarity in Resting State detects Heterogeneous Subtypes in Healthy population associated with High Substance-Use and Problems in Antisocial Personality, Human Brain Mapping (Tier1; JCR-Q1; IF-4.962) 

Tham YNR*, Walker Z, Tan SHD, Low LT & Chen SHA (2019). Translating Education Neuroscience for Teachers. Learning: Research & Practice,

Walker Z, Chen SHA, Poon K & Hale JB (2019). Brain Literacy Empowers Educators to Meet Diverse Learner Needs. Learning: Research & Practice,

#*Bhattacharjee S, Kashyap R, Rapp B, Oishi K, Desmond JD, & Chen, SHA (2019). Simulation Analyses of tDCS Montages for the Investigation of Dorsal and Ventral Pathways. Scientific Reports, 9:12178. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-47654-y (Tier1; SJR-Q1; IF-4.011, 1 year)

#Sobczak-Edmans M**, Lo Y-C, Hsu Y-C, Chen Y-J, Kwok F, Chuang K-H, Tseng W-YI and Chen SHA (2019) Cerebro-Cerebellar Pathways for Verbal Working Memory. Front. Hum. Neurosci. 12:530. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2018.00530 (Tier1; SJR-Q1; IF-2.871, 1 year)

#Archer, J. A.**, Lee, A., Qiu, A., Chen, S-H. A. (2018) Working memory, age and education: A lifespan fMRI study. PLoS ONE 13(3): e0194878. (Tier1; SJR-Q1; IF-2.806, 1 year)

#Prasad, D. K.**, Liu, S., Chen, S. H. A., Quek, C. (2018). Sentiment analysis using EEG activities for suicidology. Expert Systems With Applications, 103:206-217. (Tier1; SJR-Q1; IF-3.928, 1 year)

Dellantonio S., Pastore L., Esposito G. (2017) Above and Below the Surface: Genetic and Cultural Factors in the Development of Values. Behavioral Brain Sciences, 40, e235, 26-28.

Esposito, G., Hiroi N., Scattoni M.L. (2017). Cry, baby, cry: Expression of Distress as a Biomarker and Modulator in Autism Spectrum Disorder. International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology 498-503.

Bornstein MH., Putnick D.L., Rigo P., Esposito G., Swain J.E., Suwalsky J.T.D., Su X., Xiaoxia D., Zhang K., Cote L.R., De Pisapia N., Venuti P. (2017). The Neurobiology of Culturally Common Maternal Responses to Infant Cry. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 114(45), E9465-E9473.

Marschik P., Zhang D., Esposito G., Bölte S., Einspieler C., Sigafoos J. (2017). Same or different: common pathways of behavioral biomarkers in infants and children with neurodevelopmental disorders? Behavioral Brain Sciences, 40, e64.

Esposito, G., Manian, N., Truzzi, A., Bornstein, M.H (2017). Response to infant cry in clinically depressed and non-depressed mother. PlosONE. 12(1), e0169066.

Esposito G., Setoh P., Shinohara K., Bornstein MH. (2017). The Development of Attachment: Integrating Genes, Brain, Behavior, and Environment. Behavioral Brain Research, 87-89.

Esposito G., Truzzi A., Setoh P., Putnick D.L., Shinohara K., Bornstein MH. (2017) Genetic predispositions and parental bonding interact to shape adults’ physiological responses to social distress. Behavioral Brain Research 125,156-162.

Venturoso, L., Gabrieli, G., Truzzi, A., Azhari, A., Setoh, P., Bornstein, M.H., Esposito, G. (2019). Effects of Baby Schema and Mere Exposure on Explicit and Implicit Face Processing. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 2649.

Truzzi, A., Bornstein M.H., Senese, V.P., Shinohara, K., Setoh, P., Esposito, G. (2017). Serotonin transporter gene polymorphisms and early parent-infant interactions are related to adult male heart rate response to female crying. Frontiers in Physiology, 8, 111. 

Setoh P., Marschik PB., Einspieler C., Esposito G., (2017) Autism spectrum disorder and early motor abnormalities: connected or coincidental companions? Research in Developmental Disabilities, 60, 13-15.

Matson J.L., Matheis M., Burns C.O., Esposito G., Venuti P., Pisula E., Misiak A., Kalyva E., Tsakiris V., Kamio Y., Ishitobi M., Goldin R.L. (2017) Examining cross-cultural differences in autism spectrum disorder: A multinational comparison from Greece, Italy, Japan, Poland, and the United States. European Psychiatry, 42, 70–76.

Rigo P., De Pisapia N., Bornstein MH., Putnick D., Serra M., Esposito G., Venuti P. (2017) Brain processes in women and men in response to emotive sounds. Social Neuroscience, 12, 150-162.

Marschik, P. B., Pokorny, F. B., Peharz, R., ..., Esposito G. et al. (2017). A Novel Way to Measure and Predict Development: A Heuristic Approach to Facilitate the Early Detection of Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports, 17(5), 43.

Senese VP., Venuti P., Giordano F., Napolitano M., Esposito G., Bornstein MH. (2017). Adults' Implicit Associations to Infant Positive and Negative Acoustic Cues: Moderation by Empathy and Gender. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 70(9), 1935-1942.

Senese V.P., Shinohara K., Esposito G., Doi H., Venuti P. & Bornstein M.H. (2017). Implicit Association to Infant Faces: How Genetics, Early Care Experiences, and Cultural Factors Influence Caregiving Propensities. Behavioural Brain Research, 163-172.

Bonassi, A., Ghilardi, T., Truzzi, A., Cataldo, I., Azari, A., Setoh, P., Shinohara, K., Esposito, G. (2017) Dataset on genetic and physiological adults' responses to social distress. Data in Brief, 742-748.

Lee, K.J.J., Esposito, G., Setoh, P. Preschoolers Favor their Ingroup when Resources are Limited. Frontiers in Psychology – Developmental Psychology, 9, 1752.

Roche L., Zhang D., Bartl-Pokorny K., Pokorny FB., Schuller BW., Esposito, G et al. Early Vocal Development in Autism Spectrum Disorder, Rett Syndrome, and Fragile X Syndrome: Insights from Studies using Retrospective Video Analysis. Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders.

Ozturk Y., Bizzego A., Esposito G., Furlanello C., Venuti P. Physiological and Self-report Responses of Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder to Children Crying. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 73, 31-39.

Sulpizio S., Kuroda K., Dalsasso M., Asakawa T., Bornstein MH., Doi H., Esposito G., Shinohara K. Discriminating between Mothers’ Infant- and Adult-Directed Speech: Cross-Linguistic Generalizability from Japanese to Italian and German. Neuroscience Research, 133, 21-27.

Sulpizio, S., Doi, H., Bornstein, M.H.,, Cui, J., Esposito, G., Shinohara, K. fNIRS Reveals Enhanced Brain Activation to Female (versus Male) Infant Directed Speech (relative to Adult Directed Speech) in Young Human Infants. Infant Behavior and Development, 52, 89-96.

Poquérusse, J., Pastore, L., Dellantonio, S., Esposito, G. Alexithymia and Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Complex Relationship. Frontiers in Psychology – Clinical and Health Psychology, 9, 1196.

Poquérusse J., Azhari A., Setoh P., Cainelli S., Ripoli C., Venuti P., Esposito G. Salivary α-Amylase as a Marker of Stress Reduction in Individuals with Intellectual Disability and Autism in Response to Occupational and Music Therapy. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 62, 156-163.

Azhari A., Truzzi A., Rigo P., Bornstein M.H., Esposito G. Putting Salient Vocalizations in Context: Adults’ Physiological Arousal to Emotive Cues in Domestic and External Environments. Physiology & Behavior, 196, 25-32.

Truzzi, A., Poquérusse, J., Setoh P., Shinohara, K., Bornstein, M.H., Esposito, G. Oxytocin receptor gene polymorphisms (rs53576) and early paternal care sensitize males to distressing female vocalizations. Developmental Psychobiology

Cataldo I., Azhari  A., Lepri B., Esposito, G., Oxytocin Receptors (OXTR) and Early Parental Care: An Interaction That Modulates Psychiatric Disorders. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 82, 27-38.

Esposito, G., Azhari A., Borelli, J.L. Gene x Environment Interaction in Developmental Disorders: Where do we Stand and What’s Next? Frontiers in Psychology – Psychopathology, 9, 2036.

Esposito, G., Borelli, J.L. Investigating Genes, Environments, and their Interactions in the Service of Informing Individualized Diagnosis and Treatment in Developmental Disabilities. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 82, 1-2.

Cataldo, I., Azhari, A., Esposito, G. A Review of Oxytocin and Arginine-vasopressin Receptors and their Modulation of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience

Bos, P.A. Hechler, C., Beijers, R., Shinohara, K., Esposito, G., de Weerth, C. Prenatal and postnatal cortisol and testosterone are related to parental caregiving quality in fathers, but not in mothers. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 97, 94-103.

Gabrieli G., Leck. W., Bizzego A., Esposito G. (2019). Are Praat's default settings optimal for Infant cry analysis?, Linux Audio, Stanford, California.

Wong, K.K., Esposito, G. (2019). The unexpected for the expecting parent: Effects of disruptive early interactions on mother-infant relationship. Parenting: Science and Practice, 19(1-2), 124-129.

Rigo, P., Esposito, G., Bornstein, M.H., De Pisapia, N., Venuti, P. (2019). Self-Cognition and Parental Brain. Parenting: Science and Practice, 19(1-2), 97-100.

Rigo, P., Esposito, G., Bornstein, M.H., De Pisapia, N., Manzardo, C., Venuti, P. (2019). Brain Processes in Mothers and Nulliparous Women in Response to Cry in Different Situational Contexts: A Default Mode Network Study. Parenting: Science and Practice, 19(1-2), 69-85.

Setoh, P., Esposito, G. (2019). What men do when a baby cries: Increasing testosterone may lead to less nurturant care but more environmental vigilance. Parenting: Science and Practice, 19(1-2), 62-64.

Esposito, G., Bornstein, M.H. (2019). Parenting and Infant Cry. Parenting: Science and Practice, 19(1-2), 2-4.

Senese, V.P., Azhari A., Shinohara, K., Doi, H., Venuti P., Bornstein, M.H., Esposito, G. (2019). Implicit Associations to Infant Cry: Genetics and Early Care Experiences Influence Caregiving Propensities. Hormones and Behavior, 108, 1-9.

Rigo, P., Kim, P., Esposito, G., Putnick D.L., Venuti, P., Bornstein, M.H. (2019). Specific maternal brain responses to their own child’s face: An fMRI meta-analysis. Developmental Review, 51, 58-69.

Cataldo, I., Azhari, A., Coppola, A., Bornstein, M., Esposito, G. (2019). The influences of drug abuse on mother-infant interaction through the lens of biopsychosocial model of health and illness: A review. Frontiers in Public Health, 7, 45.

Azhari, A., Azizan, F., Esposito G. (2019) Does Regression Exist? Employing Biological Markers to Stratify Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 103, 31-2.

Azhari, A., Azizan, F., Esposito G. (2019) Beyond a Gut Feeling: How the Immune System Impacts the Effect of Gut Microbiota in Neurodevelopment. Behavioral Brain Sciences, 42, e64.

Pastore L., Dellantonio S., Mulatti C., Esposito G. (2019) To be or not to be emotionally aware and socially motivated: how alexithymia impacts autism spectrum disorders. Behavioral Brain Sciences, 42, e106.

Bizzego, A., Battisti, A., Gabrieli, G., Esposito, G. & Furlanello, C. (2019). pyphysio: a physiological signal processing library for data science approaches in physiology. SoftwareX.

Gabrieli, G., Scapin, G., Bornstein, M.H., Esposito, G. (2019) Are Cry Studies Replicable? An Analysis of Participants, Setups, and Methods Adopted and Reported in Cry Studies. Acoustics, 1, 866-883.

Racz, S.J., Putnick, D.L., Esposito, G., & Bornstein, M.H. (2019). Children’s Academic Competencies: Success is in the Eye of the Beholder. Frontiers in Psychology-Educational Psychology.

Venturoso, L., Gabrieli, G., Truzzi, A., Azhari, A., Setoh, P., Bornstein, M.H., Esposito, G. (2019). Effects of Baby Schema and Mere Exposure on Explicit and Implicit Face Processing. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 2649.

Doi, H., Sulpizio, S., Esposito, G., Katou, M., Nishina, E., Iriguchi, M., Honda, M., Oohashi, T., Bornstein, M.H., Shinohara, K. (2019). Inaudible components of the human infant cry influence hemodynamic responses in the breast region of mothers. The Journal of Physiological Sciences, 69, 1085-96.

Zhang, D., ..., Esposito, G., … & Marschik, P.B. (2019). Towards a consensus on developmental regression. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 107, 3-5.

Azhari, A., Azizan, F., Esposito, G. (2019). A Systematic Review of Gut-Immune-Brain Mechanisms in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Developmental Psychobiology, 61(5), 752-771.

O, J., Kavanagh, P., Brüne, M. Esposito, G. (2019). Testing the Unsolved Problems Hypothesis: The Evolutionary Life Issues- Mitigating Function of Nature Exposure and Its Relationship with Human Well- Being. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 44, 126396.

Esposito, G., Truzzi, A., Yoshida, S., Ohnishi, R., Miyazawa, E., Kuroda, K.O. (2019). Using maternal rescue of pups in a cup to investigate mother-infant interactions in mice/rodents. Behavioral Brain Research, 374, 112081.

Azhari, A., Leck, W.Q., Gabrieli, G., Bizzego, A., Rigo, P., Setoh, P., Bornstein, M.H., Esposito, G. (2019) Parenting Stress Undermines Mother-Child Brain-to-Brain Synchrony: A Hyperscanning Study. Scientific Reports, 9, 11407.

Bizzego, A., Azhari, A., Campostrini, N., Truzzi, A., Ng, L.Y., Gabrieli, G., Bornstein, M.H., Setoh, P., Esposito, G. (2020) Strangers, Friends, and Lovers Show Specific Physiological Synchronies In Different Emotional Contexts. Behavioral Sciences, 10,11.

Gabrieli, G., Bornstein, M.H., Manian, N., Esposito, G. (2020). Assessing Mothers' Post-Partum Depression from Their Infants' Cry Vocalizations. Behavioral Sciences, 10, 55.

Bornstein, M.H., Hahn, C.S., Putnick, D.L., Esposito, G. (2020). Infant Behaviors and Maternal Parenting Practices: Short-Term Reliability Assessments. Infant Behavior and Development, 101408.

Azhari, A., Truzzi, A., Neoh, J.M., Balagtas, J.P.M., Tan, H.A.H., Goh, P.L.P., Ang, X.H.A., Setoh, P., Rigo, P., Bornstein, M.H., Esposito, G. (2020). A Decade of Infant Neuroimaging Research: What have we learned and where are we going? Infant Behavior and Development, 101389.

Raghunath, B.L., Azhari, A., Bornstein, H.M., Esposito, G. (2020) Experimental manipulation of maternal proximity during short sequences of sleep and infant calming response. Infant Behavior and Development.

Bornstein, M.H., Putnick, Hahn, C.S., Tamis-LeMonda, C.S., Esposito, G. (2020). Stabilities of infant behaviors and maternal responses to them. Infancy.

Bornstein, M. H., Putnick, D. L., Bohr, Y., Abdellmaseh, M., Lee, C. Y., Esposito, G. (2020). Maternal sensitivity and language in infancy each promotes child core language skill in preschool. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 52, 483-489.

Azhari, A., Rigo, P., Tan, P.Y., Neoh, M. J., Esposito, G. (2020) Viewing romantic and friendship interactions activate prefrontal regions in persons with high openness personality trait. Frontiers in Psychology- Personality and Social Psychology

Wang X.D., Guo X.T., Chen L., Goldberg M.E., and Xu H. (2017), “Auditory to Visual Cross-Modal Adaptation for Emotion: Psychophysical and Neural Correlates”, Cerebral Cortex, 2017, 1-10, doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhv321. [IF 6.800]##

Ying H.J. and Xu H. (2017), “Adaptation reveals that facial expression averaging occurs during rapid serial presentation”, Journal of Vision, 17 (1), 15, 1-19. doi:10.1167/17.1.15. [IF 2.489] #

Luo C.W., Burns E. J., and Xu H. (2017), “Association between autistic traits and facial emotion adaptation in partially occluded faces”, Vision Research, 133, 21-36. [IF 2.069] #

Zhou Q., Wong Y.D., Xu H., Thai V.V., Loh H.S., and Yuen K.F. (2017), “An enhanced CREAM with stakeholder-graded protocols for tanker shipping safety application”, Safety Science, 2017, 95, 140-147.  [IF 3.120] #

Eng Z. H. D., Yick Y. Y., Guo Y., Xu H., Reiner M., Cham T. J., and Chen S. H. A. (2017) “3D faces are recognized more accurately and faster than 2D faces, but with similar inversion effects”, Vision Research, 138, 78–85. [IF 2.069] #

Burns E. J., Martin J., Chan A.H.D., and Xu H. (2017), “Impaired processing of facial happiness, with or without awareness, in developmental prosopagnosia”, Neuropsychologia, 102. 217-228. [IF 3.326] #

Burns E.J., Tree J., Chan A.H.D., and Xu H. (2018), “Bilingualism shapes the other race effect”, Vision Research, pii: S0042-6989(18)30145-7. doi: 10.1016/j.visres.2018.07.004. [IF 2.069] #

Ying H.J., Burns E.J., Lin X.Y., and Xu H. (2019), “Ensemble statistics shape face adaptation and the cheerleader effect”, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 148 (3), 421-436. [IF 5.786] ##

Sou K.L., and Xu H. (2019), “Brief facial emotion aftereffect occurs earlier for angry than happy adaptation”, Vision Research 162, 35-42 [IF 2.069] #

Ying H.J., Burns E.J., Choo A.M., and Xu H. (2020), “Temporal and spatial ensemble statistics are formed by distinct mechanisms”, Cognition 195, 104128 [IF 3.537] #

Ghose U., Arvind A. S., Boyce W.P., Xu H., Chng, E.S. (in press), PyTrack: An End-to-End Analysis Toolkit for Eye Tracking, Behavior Research Methods [IF 4.712] #

Sabrina Ching Yuen Luk 2018 “The Impact of Digital Health on Traditional Health Care System and Doctor-patient Relationship: The Case Study of Singapore” in Aroon P.  Manoharan and James McQuiston (eds.) Innovative Perspectives on Public Administration in the Digital Age. IGI Global, pp.143-167.

Sabrina Ching Yuen Luk 2019 “Strengthening Cybersecurity in Singapore: Challenges, Responses and the Way Forward” in Ryma Abassi and Aida Ben Chehida Douss (eds.)  Security Frameworks in Contemporary Electronic Government. IGI Global, pp.96-128.

Sabrina Luk 2018 “Moving towards Universal Health Coverage in China: Challenges for the Present and Future” in Ben Fong, Artie Ng and Peter Yuen (eds.) Sustainable Health and Long-Term Care Solutions for an Aging Population. IGI Global, pp.19-45.

Sabrina Ching Yuen Luk 2019 “A Human Rights Based Approach to Bridge Gender Digital Divide: The Case Study of India” in Idongesit Williams, Olga Kretova and Roslyn Layton (ed.) Gender Gaps and the Social Inclusion Movement in ICT. IGI Global, pp.24-44.

Sabrina Ching Yuen Luk 2019 “A Human Rights Based Approach to Teenage Pregnancy Prevention in China” in Devi Akella (ed.) Socio-Cultural Influences on Teenage Pregnancy and Contemporary Prevention Measures. IGI Global, pp.95-116.

Dalley, .J., & Leong, V. (in press). Neuroplasticity. To appear in Jones, P., & Lynall, M.E., (Eds.), Cambridge Textbook of Neuroscience for Psychiatrists

Senese V.P., Santamaria F., Sergi I., Esposito G. (2019) Adults’ Implicit Reactions to Typical and Atypical Infant Cues. In: Esposito A., Faundez-Zanuy M., Morabito F., Pasero E. (eds) Quantifying and Processing Biomedical and Behavioral Signals. Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies, 103, pp. 35-44. Springer, Cham.

Gabrieli G., Azhari A., Esposito G. (2019) PySiology: A Python Package for Physiological Feature Extraction. In: Esposito A., Faundez-Zanuy M., Morabito F., Pasero E. (eds) Neural Approaches to Dynamics of Signal Exchanges. Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies, vol 151. Springer, Singapore

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