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.

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.

Wee Jie Ning

Honours Thesis Student (Class of 2021)

Jie Ning is currently an undergraduate Psychology major at the National University of Singapore. With two years of industry experience as a preschool teacher, she possesses strong interests working with children because she receives great joy and fulfilment learning with them. She aspires to continue her pursuit in the field of early education and believes that her experience in the Child Development Lab will grow her passion to bring the best out of every child.

Deston Chung

Honours Thesis Student (Class of 2021)

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.

Ng Ray

Research Assistant

Ray is a Year 2 Psychology undergraduate, interested in expanding his horizon in any way he can. With a strong research interest in understanding how children behave, he aims to study the various factors that shapes the moral development of children, such as cultural differences. As someone who aspires to one day implement a systemic change to better society, Ray applied to be in the Child Development Lab to increase his exposure in the research field.

Tnay Hui Ning (Joy)

UROP Student

Joy is a Year 3 Psychology undergraduate. She is interested in how cognitive and social factors influence Theory of Mind in children. She spends the rest of her time geeking about neuroscience, linguistics, and positive psychology. Through her time in the Child Development Lab, she hopes to discover the capabilities of the children, and also learn to become a better mum in the future ;)

Soo Zhen

ISM Student

Soo Zhen is a Year 4 Psychology undergraduate. She is interested in studying the various factors that can shape children's behaviors as they grow up. She recognizes that the upbringing of a child is crucial in determining their future, and the society's future. Hence, she hopes that findings in these areas can contribute to the advancement of effective methods to nurture a child into a well adapted adult.

Alyssa Yap Su Lyn

UROP Student

Alyssa is a Year 3 Psychology undergraduate with an interest in children’s mental health and development. Specifically, she is interested in studying how factors in early childhood can affect the emotional and behavioural development of a child. She also wishes to explore how creative mediums such as movies, play and visual arts can be utilised to help children express their emotions effectively. By working with children in the Child Development Lab, she hopes to deepen her understanding of their behaviour and learn more about how they perceive the world.

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