FASS Staff Profile

DR. WONG SHI HUI SARAH
INSTRUCTOR
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/

I am currently 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 (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 PsychologistJournal of Educational PsychologyJournal of Experimental Psychology: GeneralJournal of Experimental Psychology: AppliedPsychonomic Bulletin & Review, and Psychology of Music. More recently, my work was 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 has also been featured in the cover story of the APS ObserverNew Scientist, and Psychology Today.


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.


Module Instructor of Record

  • 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)
  • PL3231 Independent Research Project
  • PL3281 Lab in Cognitive Psychology
  • PL3281D Lab in Music Perception and Cognition
  • PL3551 Undergraduate Research Opportunity (UROP)
  • PL4401 Honours Thesis
  • PL4660 Independent Study

 

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

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

ARTICLES IN JOURNALS

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. (2022, November 17–20). The derring effect: Deliberate errors improve learning and transfer [Poster presentation]. 63rd Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Boston, MA, USA.
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • 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)

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.
  • 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

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
  • 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
  • MOE Bicultural Studies Programme Scholarship, Nanyang Girls' High School and Hwa Chong Institution, 2005–2008
  • Bilingual Book Prize (Integrated Programme), Nanyang Girls' High School, 2005
  • 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
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition
  • Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition

Departmental

  • Departmental Ethics Review Committee Member, Department of Psychology, National University of Singapore, 2022–present
  • Webpage Coordinator, Department of Psychology, National University of Singapore, 2019–present
  • Co-Chair, NUS Psychology Teaching Assistant Symposium 2017, 10 August 2017
  • Research Publicity Coordinator, Department of Psychology, National University of Singapore, 2016–2019
  • Senior student volunteer, FASS Forward to the Exams, 25 October 2016
  • Volunteer, NUS Psychology Graduation Celebration 2015, 14 July 2015
  • Secretariat, Inaugural NUS Psychology Teaching Assistant Symposium 2014, 25 February 2014

 

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)

 

Professional Affiliations

  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • APA Division 15: Educational Psychology
  • Association for Psychological Science (APS)
  • Psychonomic Society

 

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 "Chinese Seal Engraving" course, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, 2022
  • 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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