Director, Principal Investigator, Associate Professor (Psychology, HASS)

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


Graduate Students








Xiaoqian, Li (

As a second-year PhD student at SUTD, 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.

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Sridhar Priyashri  (

Priya is a PhD student at the Augmented Human Lab and the Language & Social Cognition Lab (located at the Behavioural Design Lab) at SUTD. She is passionate about cognitive science, psycholinguistics and assistive technology. She holds a Master of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology with academic and clinical background in child and adult language disorders, motor speech impairments, neurolinguistics, psychology and augmentative and alternative communication. At the Behavioural Design Lab, her interests lie in understanding the cognitive underpinnings of language using a variety of tools including eye-tracking. She is also interested in studying the neural basis of language and cognition and their implications in education and rehabilitation using neuro-imaging tools. At the Augmented Human Lab, she is interested in advancing basic and applied technology with a view to enhancing real-world experiences in education and rehabilitation. Interdisciplinary design systems and implementing them to enhance sensory-motor, cognitive and communication abilities in typical population and in rehabilitation of persons with disabilities excite her. She is an aspiring polymath and loves travelling, reading, singing, doodling/calligraphy and experimenting in the kitchen.

*Priya has completed her research attachment/internship at the University of California – Berkeley and d.School @ Stanford University.

Postdoctoral Researcher








Katalin Tamasi (

In my MA and PhD research, I have designed and conducted online experiments with both adults and children exploring their cognitive and lexical skills. I joined SUTD as one of the postdoctoral researchers in ‘Kyanite – Improved Cognition by Design’ in January 2017, a joint research project between the Language and Social Cognition Lab and the Augmented Human Lab. In the future, I plan to study the cognitive and linguistic capacities of bilinguals, for which Singapore provides the perfect environment.







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








Liyang Zhang (

I got my bachelor’s in Automation at Zhejiang University, China, and master’s degree in Wireless Systems at KTH, Sweden. However, after having done some courses in cognitive science and design thinking, as well as a master thesis project in haptic signal processing, I gradually identify that my passion lies in analytical work and above all work that is closely related to human, and therefore cherish this opportunity at SUTD as a research assistant. In spare time, I enjoy a broad spectrum of activities including sports, classical music, art exhibitions, foreign languages, and travelling.

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Shirlyn Sia (

Shirlyn completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at Austin where she majored in psychology. During her time in Texas, she worked in UT’s language development laboratory researching on bilingualism and young children’s social development, and the effect of accents on children’s judgment of credibility. In the developmental field, Shirlyn’s research interest focuses on the effects of learning more than one language. Specifically, she is interested in exploring how children’s cognitive and social development changes as a result of bilingualism. Outside of laboratory, Shirlyn enjoys cooking and baking (and eating), dancing, working out, travel photography, and hanging out with her pup.

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.


Tony Lim Zhao Ming







Tony Lim (

I have always been intrigued with the social, cognitive and emotional aspects of children’s behavior. In particular, I enjoyed working with children in Nanyang Technological University for my Masters’ thesis on the topic of how the appraisal of stress and parental responses affect socio-emotional and behavioral outcomes. I was given the opportunity to continue working with children in the current LASC lab in SUTD on the topic of how cognitive control affects codeswitching  and vice versa. I strongly believe that the findings from these research projects will help children and their families overcome many challenges in life and my strong passion for children fuels my work ahead in this field.


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