FASS Staff Profile

DR. WONG SHI HUI SARAH
INSTRUCTOR | RESEARCH PUBLICITY COORDINATOR
DEPARTMENT of PSYCHOLOGY

Appointment:
INSTRUCTOR
Office:
AS4/02-07D
Email:
psywshs@nus.edu.sg
Tel:
(65) 6516 5026
Fax:
Homepage:
http://profile.nus.edu.sg/fass/psywshs/
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Brief Introduction

I am an Instructor at the Department of Psychology, National University of Singapore (NUS). I earned the Ph.D. degree in Psychology from the NUS in 2020, after having attained a MA (with Distinction) in Music Psychology in Education from the University of Sheffield, as well as a B.Soc.Sci. (Hons.) degree in Psychology from the NUS.

Concurrently, I hold a Licentiate Diploma (LTCL) with Distinction in Piano Performance from Trinity College London, a Licentiate Diploma (LLCM) with Distinction (Approved, Upper Level) in Piano Duet Performance from the London College of Music, and a Diploma of The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (DipABRSM) in Violin Music Performance.


Research

My ongoing research bridges the fields of cognitive, educational, and positive psychology to develop interventions that foster higher order learning outcomes. In particular, my most recent work examines how errors can be deliberately and strategically positioned to enhance learning and performance. As a musician, I also have an enduring fascination with applying psychological principles to shed light on music cognition and to support musical learning. More broadly, my ambition is to discover how we can best redesign education to achieve its ultimate goals—to empower people with the skills to learn effectively, thereby promoting human flourishing ultimately.

My research has been published in journals such as: Educational PsychologistJournal of Educational PsychologyJournal of Experimental Psychology: GeneralJournal of Experimental Psychology: AppliedPsychonomic Bulletin & Review, and Psychology of Music. More recently, my work has also been conferred the 2021 Wang Gungwu Medal and Prize (Best Ph.D. Thesis in the Social Sciences and Humanities) and 2020 Association for Psychological Science (APS) Student Research Award, and was featured in the cover story of the APS Observer (2020, July/August).


Teaching

As an educator, I aspire to bring learning to life, and Life to learning. I see it as part of my mission to excite students about ideas and concepts they encounter, and to challenge my students to think deeply and critically in their discovery and construction of knowledge. Through such processes, it is my hope that my students may make quantum leaps in their learning and forge ahead to pursue their higher purposes and meaning in life.


Teaching Areas

Module Instructor:

  • MUA3209 Business for Musicians [Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (YSTCM) module for Music & Society and Music, Collaboration & Production programmes] (Team Teaching: Research in the Arts)
  • PL3281 Lab in Cognitive Psychology
  • PL3281D Lab in Music Perception and Cognition

 

Programme Instructor:

  • Educational Psychology: Theories and Application for Learning and Teaching [School of Continuing and Lifelong Education (SCALE), Leaders of Tomorrow programme]

 

Module Tutor:

  • GEK1064/PLB1201 Psychology in Everyday Life
  • PL2132 Research and Statistical Methods II
  • PL3233 Cognitive Psychology
  • PL3235 Social Psychology
  • PL3238 Social Cognition
  • PL3240 Group Dynamics
  • PLS8002 Cultivating the Self

Research Interests

  • Deliberate errors
  • Higher order learning
  • Cognitive psychology in education
  • Music cognition and education
  • Applied positive psychology

Publications

ARTICLES IN JOURNALS

  • (*Corresponding author)
  • Wong, S. S. H.*, & Lim, S. W. H. (in press). Deliberate errors promote meaningful learning. Journal of Educational Psychology.
  • Wong, S. S. H.*, & Lim, S. W. H.* (2021). A mind-wandering account of the testing effect: Does context variation matter? Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13423-021-01989-8
  • Wong, S. S. H.*, & Lim, S. W. H. (2021). The derring effect: Deliberate errors enhance learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/xge0001072
  • Wong, S. S. H.*, & Lim, S. W. H.* (2021). Take notes, not photos: Mind-wandering mediates the impact of note-taking strategies on video-recorded lecture learning performance. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/xap0000375
  • Lim, K. Y. L., Wong, S. S. H., & Lim, S. W. H.* (2021). The "silent teacher": Learning by teaching via writing a verbatim teaching script. Applied Cognitive Psychology35(6), 1492–1501. https://doi.org/10.1002/acp.3881
  • Wong, S. S. H.*, Chen, S., & Lim, S. W. H.* (2021). Learning melodic musical intervals: To block or to interleave? Psychology of Music49(4), 1027–1046. https://doi.org/10.1177/0305735620922595
  • Wong, S. S. H.*, Low, A. C. M., Kang, S. H. K., & Lim, S. W. H.* (2020). Learning music composers' styles: To block or to interleave? Journal of Research in Music Education68(2), 156–174. https://doi.org/10.1177/0022429420908312
  • Wong, S. S. H.*, & Lim, S. W. H.* (2019). From JOLs to JOLs+: Directing learners' attention in retrieval practice to boost integrative argumentation. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied25(4), 543–557. https://doi.org/10.1037/xap0000225 
  • Wong, S. S. H., Ng, G. J. P., Tempel, T., & Lim, S. W. H.* (2019). Retrieval practice enhances analogical problem solving. The Journal of Experimental Education87(1), 128–138. https://doi.org/10.1080/00220973.2017.1409185
  • Wong, S. S. H.*, & Lim, S. W. H. (2019). Prevention–Permission–Promotion: A review of approaches to errors in learning. Educational Psychologist54(1), 1–19. https://doi.org/10.1080/00461520.2018.1501693
  • Wong, S. S. H.*, & Lim, S. W. H. (2017). Mental imagery boosts music compositional creativity. PLoS ONE, 12(3): e0174009. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0174009
  • Wong, S. S. H., Lim, S. W. H.*, & Quinlan, K. M. (2016). Integrity in and beyond contemporary higher education: What does it mean to university students? Frontiers in Psychology: Educational Psychology, 7: 1094. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01094 [Featured in A Year in the Life of Singapore: A Compendium of FASS Research]

SHORTER ARTICLES/COMMENTS IN JOURNAL

  • Lee, L. N.^, Wong, S. S. H.^, & Lim, S. W. H.* (2015). Empowering psychology teaching assistants through a symposium. CDTL Brief, 18(1), 2–12. (^Both authors contributed equally to this work)

CONFERENCE PAPERS

  • Wong, S. S. H., & Lim, S. W. H. (2020, June 1–September 1). The derring effect: Deliberate errors enhance learning [Poster presentation]. Association for Psychological Science (APS) Poster Showcase. [Awarded 2020 APS Student Research Award and 2020 SPS Research Excellence Award]
  • Wong, S. S. H., & Lim, S. W. H. (2020, May 21–24). The derring effect: Deliberate errors enhance learning [Paper presentation]. 32nd Association for Psychological Science (APS) Annual Convention, Chicago, IL, USA. (Conference cancelled) [Awarded 2020 APS Student Research Award]
  • Wong, S. S. H., & Lim, S. W. H. (2020). The cognitive science of music education [Oral presentation cancelled]. 7th International Conference on New Music Concepts, Treviso, Italy.
  • Tan, N. J. H.^, Wong, S. S. H.^, & Lim, S. W. H. (2013). What we move to moves us: Biological rhythmicity predicts musical preferences. In M. Knauff, M. Pauen, N. Sebanz, & I. Wachsmuth (Eds.), Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (p. 4025). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. (^Both authors contributed equally to this work) [Awarded 2013 Singapore Psychological Society (SPS) Best Undergraduate Group Research Award]

PAPERS FOR SEMINAR, PUBLIC TALK, LECTURE

  • Wong, S. S. H. (2020, February 18). The derring effect: Deliberate errors enhance learning. Speaker at Department of Psychology Brownbag Seminar series, National University of Singapore.
  • Wong, S. S. H. (2019, October 10). Dispelling the creativity myth: Insights from cognitive science. Invited Speaker at the inaugural Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) Research Division Lunchtime Seminar Series, National University of Singapore.
  • Wong, S. S. H. (2019, October 8). Educational psychology: Theories and application for learning and teaching. Invited Speaker/Instructor at the Leaders of Tomorrow programme, School of Continuing and Lifelong Education (SCALE), National University of Singapore.

THESES/DISSERTATIONS

  • Wong, S. H. S. (2020). From prevention to promotion: Learning from deliberate errors (Doctoral dissertation). National University of Singapore, Singapore. [Published in Educational PsychologistJournal of Experimental Psychology: General, and Journal of Educational Psychology]
  • Wong, S. H. S. (2015). The carnival of the imagined animals: Mental imagery and young children's music compositional creativity (Unpublished master's dissertation). University of Sheffield, Sheffield.
  • Wong, S. H. S. (2013). Mortality salience and delay of gratification: Integrating terror management and self-regulatory perspectives (Unpublished honours thesis). National University of Singapore, Singapore.
  • 黄诗慧 (2010). <与外国品牌文化接触在多大程度上会模糊中国人的文化身份认同?>, 《华侨中学双文化优秀论文文集(下册)》,(新加坡:华侨中学),页364–375.

OTHERS

Other Information

Education

  • Ph.D., Department of Psychology, National University of Singapore, 2020 
  • MA (Dist.) (Music Psychology in Education), The University of Sheffield, 2015
  • B.Soc.Sci. (Hons.) (Psychology), Department of Psychology and University Scholars Programme, National University of Singapore, 2013


Appointments

  • Instructor, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore, January 2017–present
  • Research Publicity Coordinator, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore, July 2016–present
  • Teaching Assistant, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore, 2013–2016
  • Research Assistant, Center for Leadership and Cultural Intelligence, Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University, 2009

 

Awards, Scholarships, and Honours

Research

Teaching

Others

  • Stephen Lim Outstanding Young Graduand Award (OYGA), 2018
  • Stephen Lim Sustained Critical Thinking Award (SCTA), 2013
  • Dean's List, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore, 2012–2013
  • University Scholars Programme (USP), National University of Singapore, 2009–2013
  • Prime Minister’s Book Prize (Pre-University Section), 2009
  • MOE Humanities Scholarship and Programme, Hwa Chong Institution, 2007–2008
  • Bilingual Book Prize (Integrated Programme), Nanyang Girls' High School, 2005
  • MOE Bicultural Studies Programme Scholarship, Nanyang Girls' High School and Hwa Chong Institution, 2005–2008
  • MOE Gifted Education Programme, 2000–2006

 

Professional Qualifications

  • Licentiate Diploma of the London College of Music (LLCM) in Piano Duet Performance (Approved, Upper Level; with Distinction), 2019
  • Licentiate Diploma of Trinity College London (LTCL) in Recital in Piano (with Distinction), 2013
  • Associate Diploma of Trinity College London (ATCL) in Recital in Piano (with Distinction), 2009
  • Diploma of The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (DipABRSM) in Violin Music Performance, 2007
  • Grade 8 in Theory of Music, The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, 2005

 

Service

Professional

Ad Hoc Reviewer

  • Behavior Research Methods
  • Consciousness and Cognition

Departmental

 

Grant Support

  • FASS Staff Research Support Scheme (SRSS), 2021–2022, S$7,800 (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • FASS Staff Research Support Scheme (SRSS), 2019–2020, S$8,000 (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • NUS Psychology Teaching and Research Support, 2018–2019, S$1,400 (Principal Investigator)

 

Co-Curricular Activities and Achievements

  • President, NUS Symphony Orchestra, 2010–2011
  • Concertmaster and Section Leader, NUS Symphony Orchestra, 2009–2011
  • Concertmaster, Hwa Chong Institution String Ensemble, 2007–2008
  • Concertmaster and Student Conductor, Nanyang Girls' High School String Ensemble, 2004–2006

 

Personal Development

  • Certification of Completion in "Introduction to Japanese Pastel Nagomi Art" course, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, 2019
  • Certification of Completion in "Techniques in Watercolour" course, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, 2017
  • Certification of Completion in "Basic Japanese Language" course, Ikoma Language School, 2009


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