Dr Ding Xiaopan

Assistant Professor & Lab Director

Dr Ding Xiaopan is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychology, National University of Singapore. The central question of her research is how children acquire moral behaviour and how to facilitate its development. She employs both behavioural and cognitive neuroscience methods in her research.

Visit her faculty page here.

Dr Cheng Qiqi

Research Fellow

Dr Cheng Qiqi obtained his BA and PhD in economics from Zhejiang University. His research interest is individual decision-making, with a focus on risk decision-making, intertemporal decision making, and lying behavior. He is currently a Research Fellow at the Child Development Lab of the National University of Singapore, and previously was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychology at Zhejiang University. In this lab, his work focuses on studying what consists of perceived costs and benefits when children are tempted to lie, and the impact of these costs and benefits on children's lying behavior. He also intends to study children's risk-taking behavior.

Cleo Tay

Lab Manager & Graduate Student

Cleo received her BSocSci (Hons) in Psychology from the National University of Singapore in 2017. What intrigues her the most about children is their inquisitiveness and perpetual wonderment at the world, as well as their ability to perceive things about it in a way that (world-weary) adults cannot. Cleo is additionally interested in Theory of Mind, its underlying neural mechanisms, and how cultural factors affect its development.

Bi Yue

Graduate Student

Bi Yue is currently a Psychology master's student at the National University of Singapore. She is surprised by how infants with little social experience perceive and handle socially-related issues, which inspires her interest to further explore social-cognitive development processes in children, especially the interplay between theory of mind abilities and deceptive behaviours in children.

Goh Shu Juan

Concurrent Degree Programme Student

The developmental trajectory of every child is different, given their unique and different personalities, strengths and needs. Through Shu Juan's research work with children in the area of moral development, she hopes to better understand how each of their unique experiences at home, the environment around them, and their cognitive and social skills influence their developing sense of right vs. wrong.

Lim Hui Yan

Honours Thesis Student (Class of 2020)

Huiyan is currently an undergraduate Psychology major at the National University of Singapore. She has a strong passion for working with young children and has always envisioned herself working in the field of early childhood education/child psychology. She believes her work as a Research Assistant will greatly enhance her knowledge of developmental psychology and better prepare her for her future career as a play therapist.

Ong Shi Wei

Honours Thesis Student (Class of 2020)

Shi-Wei is a Year 4 Psychology undergraduate in the National University of Singapore. She finds working with children very inspiring as interacting with them reminds her a lot of her childhood, especially the way they think and reason. Studying Developmental Psychology makes her appreciate children’s cognitive developmental trajectories more and there seems to be unlimited potential within a child’s mind. She hopes her time being in the Child Development Lab enables her to gain further insight in children’s cognition and its effect on their behaviours, so as to prepare herself to support and help them flourish along the way in her future career.

Nina Ye Ni

Honours Thesis Student (Class of 2020)

Nina is a psychology undergraduate at the National University of Singapore. She is interested in studying about abnormal development and individual differences in cognition and behaviour – both of which often stem from childhood. Through doing research in the field of developmental psychology, she seeks to understand how such differences can affect an individual in his/her later stages of life and hopes that these findings can aid society in better comprehension on how best to nurture a child.

Gabriella Cressida Boone

Honours Thesis Student (Class of 2020)

Gabriella is a Year 4 psychology undergraduate. Her interest lies in developmental psychology, and her research looks into children's moral behaviour (pun intended!). She believes that by studying children, we can gain greater insight into the workings of human nature and thus, discover effective ways to raise the next generation of children to be better people. She aspires to work with children in the future and hopes that her time in the Child Development Lab will expose her to not just the challenges but also the joys of interacting with children.

Teo En Qi

Research Assistant

En Qi is a Year 3 Economics and Political Science major with a strong research interest in behavioural and cognitive science. Through studying the cognitive processes of children, she hopes to learn more about decision-making in an information-scarce environment. She also hopes to be able to understand the neural mechanisms of moral behaviour in greater depth.

Deston Chung

UROP Student

Deston is a Year 3 psychology undergraduate with an interest in Theory of Mind. He is interested in exploring the factors that affect the development of Theory of Mind in local children, and how Theory of Mind relates to the children’s social and cognitive capacities. He hopes that findings in such areas can help inform parents to further enhance the environment their developing child is exposed to.

Ngoi Zi Liang

UROP Student

Zi Liang is an undergraduate who is majoring in Psychology. He is most intrigued by the children’s deception ability and how it affects the children’s later cognitive ability, such as working memory and inhibition. He believes that telling “white lies” requires sophisticated metacognitive processes, including empathy and suppression of truth.

Kelly Adelia

UROP Student

Kelly is a Year 3 psychology undergraduate at the National University of Singapore. She is fascinated by children’s curiosity when looking at the world and their eagerness to face it. She finds Theory of Mind fascinating as it allows her to better understand how the world looks like in children’s curious eyes and she hopes that by understanding this, she could contribute in equipping them to face the world.

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