• Director, Principal Investigator
  • Associate Professor (Psychology)
  • Associate Head (Research, HASS)
  • Visiting Senior Academician (CGH)

Yow Wei Quin    W. Quin, Yow (

My main research interest is to understand how growing up bilingual may impact on children’s social cognitive development. I am interested in exploring how factors surrounding the use of two languages, such as age-of-acquisition, usage frequency, code-switching behavior, and mindsets affect our motivation, cognitive functioning and understanding of the social world across the lifespan. I am also interested in how technology may impact on language learning, language behavior, and social functioning such as group formation and friendship. CV

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.







Clara Chan (

My research interest lies in bilingualism, with an added focus on the cognitive developmental aspect. I am interested to understand (and promote) active bilingualism and its benefits to the brain above and beyond communicative purposes. In my PhD research, I examined the relationship between bilingualism balance and attentional control in preschool children. I joined LASC as a postdoctoral researcher in January 2018. Currently, I am also expanding my research area by working on the ‘New Urban Kampong’ project on urban social sustainability.

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.

Yee Ning







Tan Yee Ning (

Yee Ning has had a longstanding passion and interest in developmental psychology and neuropsychological disorders. Her time spent in her undergraduate years at the University of Toronto, Canada, has only fuelled this fascination with the workings of the human mind and brain. She is interested in the cognitive and socio-emotional development of children with neuropsychological differences; and hopes to optimize their opportunities and ability to learn and grow by means of intervention. Having acquired her Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience and Psychology, Yee Ning hopes to further pursue her graduate studies in clinical child psychology. In her spare time, Yee Ning can be found either reading, indulging in her love for food, dancing or spending time with her family and friends.








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.








Lee Jiawen (

Jia Wen’s interest lies in language and developmental research, especially in children and the elderly. She thoroughly enjoyed working with children for her Honours thesis on the topic of lexical tone perception in bilingual children, which affirmed her passion to work with children. At LASC lab, she hopes to contribute by exploring ways that would support children’s development and the aging process in elderly. During her free time, Jia Wen enjoys playing the piano, singing, and watching movies.


Attila Achenbach (


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