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Dr. Andree Hartanto

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Lab Director

Andree is an education-track Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Singapore Management University. He received his PhD training in cognitive and developmental psychology. His current research focuses on understanding how daily experiential factors contribute to intraindividual changes and interindividual variability in affective and cognitive well-being. He is a natural night owl and loves to work late at night. But now, his main worry is that his lab members are slowly becoming night owls like him.

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Nadyanna M. Majeed

Research Associate 

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Nadya is currently in her second year in the Fast-track Masters in Psychology Programme at SMU, and received her BSocSc in Psychology from SMU in December 2020. She is primarily an applied statistician/research methodologist, and has specific research interests in affective and cognitive science. She is also interested in research on race and identity, which she carries out at SHAWLab @ SMU. Prior to embarking on her Master's studies, she was attached to a child clinical/educational psychology practice for three months, and completed a 10-week music teaching internship with the Ministry of Education. In her free time, she codes, sings, and advocates for animal welfare.

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Lee Yan Xin

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Senior Thesis Student

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Kristine was previously a Psychology undergraduate at SMU. Her interest lies in executive functioning, sleeping behaviours, technology engagement such as mobile phone usage and media multitasking behaviours. She did an independent study on the predictability of media multitasking and technology engagement on interindividual variability on cognitive functions using a latent variable approach. Now, she is doing her senior thesis on the relationship between objective-measured smartphone usage, sleep and cognitive failures. Outside of research, Kristine likes to golf, cook and swim.

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Gloria J. Lai

Student Researcher / Project Co-lead

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Gloria’s mother constantly tells her that she isn't allowed to get a cat by way of "my house, my rules" reasoning, but Gloria believes in the power of persuasion—hence the undertaking of a meta-analysis on human-animal interaction and prosociality. Spoiler alert: she still isn't allowed to get a cat. Just as cats are said to have nine lives, Gloria’s current enrolment as a first-year Masters student in Psychology at SMU is likened to her third “life”, with her previous two “lives” being accountancy and missions work. When not advocating for her cat-ownership desire, she can be found cooking, exercising, and pondering on the intricacies of life.

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Manmeet Kaur

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Student Researcher / Project Co-lead

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Manmeet is currently a fourth-year Psychology undergraduate in SMU. Her research interests include clinical psychology and mental wellness - such as clinical disorders, mindfulness and meditation - focusing on their effects on cognition and life outcomes. She is currently doing her independent study on anxiety disorders and executive functioning. She regularly volunteers as a ward leader in the Institute of Mental Health, and previously volunteered as a tutor for children for beyond social services. Outside of research, her interests include watching a lot of horror and thriller movies and then not being able to sleep alone after.

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Meenakshi Kothari

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Student Researcher / Project Co-lead

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Meenakshi is a senior double majoring in Psychology and Marketing at SMU. Her research interest includes mental well-being, relationships, and the effect of childhood experiences in later life. She is passionate about the field of psychology and aspires to become a psychologist. She aims to help people overcome the hesitation to approach counselling and hopes to show that mental health is equally important as physical health. Apart from her research interests, she is a trained Indian classical dancer who loves to swim, watch movies, and eat desserts.

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Matthew H. S. Ng

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Student Researcher

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Matthew was previously a Psychology undergraduate at SMU. His research interests revolve around many of his experiences in his daily life. He often wonders how injury can affect the psyche of an athlete, why Singaporeans speak to Westerners in a fake accent and whether intelligence can be improved by listening to music. Apart from his contributions as a research assistant, he has interned at the Geriatric Education and Research Institute, exploring the issues and challenges of an aging population. When he is not doing research, he spends his time chasing a flying plastic disc.

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Verity Y. Q. Lua

Masters Student/ Research Associate/ Project Lead

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Verity usually introduces herself as ‘V’ because she recognizes the struggle of pronouncing her name. Currently, she is in her first year as a Masters student in Psychology under Dr Angela Leung. Despite being quite fickle in her day to day life, Verity is set on becoming an academic in the future. Her main research interest includes motivation, individual differences, social psychology and subjective well-being. But honestly, she’s quite curious about anything and everything, which explains the wide diversity of projects she has undertaken. When she’s not nerding out or buried in work, you might find her in the gym, skating, playing online games, or being sucked into some youtube documentary.

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Jun Sen Chong

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Student Researcher/ Project Co-Lead

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A 14-year-old Jun Sen watched The Mentalist and decided that he was interested in Psychology. A 16-year-old Jun Sen found out that Psychology has got nothing to do with The Mentalist but the groundworks had already been laid. It was then that he decided to focus on semantics. Today he is a fourth-year Psychology and Marketing major, focused on ensuring that nobody makes the same mistakes that he has. His research interest is in Music and Subjective Well-Being. Once Jun Sen finds out what he wants to do for his future, he will update this page. Stay tuned.

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Frosch Y. X. Quek

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PhD Student/ Lab Manager

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Frosch is currently a second-year PhD student in psychology at SMU, and was previously a Trainee at the Centre for Research on Successful Ageing (ROSA) where she worked on panel data related to older Singaporeans and their well-being. Her research interest revolves around social engagement, particularly in its relationship with cognitive decline or as a buffer for stress. Before joining ROSA, Frosch was a research assistant at SMU for intermittent periods over 2 years, during which she managed the process of data collection, literature review and developed rubrics for subjective data analysis. Frosch holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Science from SMU, where she graduated with Summa Cum Laude. Reading, writing and making digital art are some of her favourite activities.

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Ong Hee Seng, Alistair

Student Researcher

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Hee Seng, also known as Alistair, is a graduate who double majored in Psychology and Sociology at SMU, and is currently in the traineeship program under Dr Hannah Chang, working on marketing research. His research interest lies primarily in the area of social cognitive and close relationship psychology - especially on social perception, ostracism, discrimination, and romantic relationships. Prior to joining the traineeship program, Hee Seng was a research assistant at SMU for over 2 years. He had been involved in the process of literature review, data collection, and data analysis. To learn more about research and social psychology, Hee Seng wrote a senior thesis on ghosting and romantic relationships under Dr Kenneth Tan. Outside of research, Hee Seng enjoys hiking, reading sci-fi, going to cafes and restaurants with friends, and playing computer games.

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Chua Yi Jing

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Masters Student

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Yi Jing is a third-year undergraduate at SMU who is curious about anything and everything that she doesn’t already know. Although she is still not quite sure of her research interest yet, she decided to embark on an independent project because it sounded so interesting and exciting. Hopefully, she is able to gain some clarity about her research interests by the end of the project, and find a community of like-minded individuals who can provide her with some life advice. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, running and drawing.

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Nicole R. Y. Chen

Masters Student/ Welfare Manager