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.
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 (re)design education to achieve its ultimate goal—to empower people with the skills to learn effectively, thereby promoting human flourishing.
My research has been published in journals such as: Educational Psychologist, Journal of Educational Psychology, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, Psychonomic 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).
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.
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