I am currently teaching two undergraduate courses at the National University of Singapore: PL3105 and PL3551. If you have any questions about these courses, email me directly at my NUS account with an email subject that starts with the correponding course number (i.e., PL3105 or PL3551).

PL3105 Social Psychology

Course Descriptions:
This course introduces you to methods, findings, and theories of social psychology – the scientific study of social feelings, thought, and behavior. In the first half of the course, we begin by examining how people think, feel, and know (or fail to know) their own self; then we explore how people understand the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of other people. In the second half of the course, we examine what happens when people interact: how groups influence individuals, how individuals influence groups, and how members of groups relate to one another. We conclude by exploring the personal and global impact of social psychology.

Course Outcomes:
  • Describe key theories and empirical research in social psychology.
  • Explain how research in social psychology is conducted.
  • Identify various social forces that influence human behavior in everyday settings, such as home, school, and work.
  • Learn how to communicate knowledge of social psychology.
  • Devise ways to apply social-psychological knowledge to improve real-world outcomes.

Ultimately, we hope that this course helps you not only gain scientific knowledge of social psychology but also develop a critical eye for good vs. bad science. An ability to judge good science goes a long way in the era of misinformation and polarization.

PL3515 Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)

Course Descriptions (what this course is about):
You will help with an ongoing project in the lab. This project explores the complexities of variability in social perception, a dynamic process that shapes our understanding and evaluation of people and our environment. The process involves instant judgments about newly met individuals, adjusting impressions based on emotional events, and even associations with objects that remind us of someone. Given that each individual's unique beliefs and experiences heavily influence social perception, variability is the norm rather than the exception. However, existing research mainly draws connections between variability in concepts, such as beliefs about individuals and social groups, and variability in social perception, leaving the roots of these variabilities largely unexplored. 

Course Descriptions (what is expected of UROP students):
In this course, each student will be assigned multpile tasks, tailored to their academic interests and skill set. These tasks may include reading and summarizing scholarly articles, participating in online and offline studies and sharing their experiences, creating and checking study materials such as web content or images, attending weekly lab meetings, or developing and modifying studies through various platforms, including basic coding for statistical analysis.