• Acting Head, Humanities Arts & Social Sciences, SUTD
  • Director, Principal Investigator
  • Associate Professor (Psychology)
  • Visiting Senior Academician (CGH)







W. Quin, Yow (

My main research interest is examining socio-cognitive development across the lifespan, including how factors such as the language environment that we grow up in or our language pattern use may influence our cognitive functioning as well as how we perceive and interact with others. I am also interested in how technology influences the way we communicate and interact with each other, and in particular, how technology could be harnessed in ways that can improve or slow down cognitive and social cognitive decline. I am interested in how our environment and habits could shape our mind and behavior, and how our brain changes relative to our experiences across the lifespan and explore new or better ways for people to enhance their potential at every stage of their life. CV23

Postdoctoral Researchers








Xiaoqian, Li (

I am excited to be part of the first crop of graduate students in the Language and Social Cognition Lab. I am broadly interested in how children learn from others and what is the effect of learning more than one language (e.g., bilingualism) on children’s learning process and cognitive development. I am especially curious to know what are the cues children use when they decide to trust and learn from certain people but not the others, when children accept information that are in conflict with their own knowledge, and how these abilities develop through the preschool years. I will be exploring these questions as a member of the LASC Lab.

*Xiaoqian has completed her 6-month research internship at the Social Learning Lab @ Stanford University.







Sou Ka Lon (

My current research interest is to examine the relationship among emotion modulation, task motivation, and task performance. My PhD project was about emotion perception in healthy adults with autistic/alexithymic traits. I joined the SUTD Language and Social Cognition Lab in 2020 to work on a project that explores different strategies to modulate stroke patient’s motivation during motor rehabilitation using brain-computer-brain (BCB) technology. The ultimate goal of the project is to develop a holistic BCB intervention that provides motor, cognitive, and affect rehabilitation for stroke patients.

Research Assistants








Hui-Ching Chen (

My research interest is to understand how language is acquired and attrited over time and the relation between language and brain. In my PhD project, an online eye-tracking method was used to explore how children acquire information structure in a cross-linguistical perspective. In 2019, I joined the SUTD Language and Social Cognition Lab for the Dual-language Intervention in Semantic Memory – Computerized (DISC) project. The aim of the project is to investigate whether the dual language intervention would help the dementia elderly to maintain their cognitive ability.








Tharshini Lokanathan (

Tharshini graduated with a Bachelor of Medical Science (Neuroscience) from the University of New South Wales in Sydney. Her interest lies in the development of neural functions and neural activity across the various aged groups especially in children and elderly. Tharshini’s love for children pushed her to teach in primary schools and work in the Raffles Women Centre previously. In the Cognition lab, she hopes to contribute by finding ways to aid the development of children and maintrnance of neural functioning in the elderly. During her free time, Tharshini likes to read, travel, explore various cuisine and watch interesting documentaries.

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Chai Yi Sih (

Yisih graduated with a Bachelor of Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety from the University of Newcastle. Her interest lies in studying existing occupational and environmental illnesses, and she hopes to contribute by working with innovative companies to develop impactful solutions that could provide surrounding communities with healthier environments. During her free time, Yisih likes watching movies and tv shows, spending time with her family and friends, and listening to music.








Ang Chi Shuen (

I joined as a research trainee in December 2020. I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Singapore University of Social Sciences, specialising in organisational psychology where my interest lies. I am currently working on Project Coriolis, focusing on data collection and data analysis.

Christabelle He

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