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Research Interests:
Social Sciences
Discipline: Psychology
Pillar / Cluster: Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences


Dr Yow Wei Quin obtained her PhD (Psychology), MA (Psychology) and MSc (Statistics) from Stanford University, USA. She also received her MBA (Strategic Development) from Nanyang Technological University and BSocSc. (Honors in Psychology) from National University of Singapore. She has published more than 80 peer-refereed papers, conference proceedings and book chapters in top-tiered journals and conferences such as Developmental Science, Child Development, Journal of Gerontology Series B, Bilingualism: Language & Cognition, Innovation in Aging, Frontiers in Psychology, Cognitive Science Society, etc., in the area of social cognition, bilingualism, education, technology and aging.

Selected Key Publications

  1. Li, X, Ng, K.K., Wong, J.J.Y., Zhou, J.H., & Yow, W.Q. (2024). Bilingualism and Social Cognitive Aging: Relationship Between Gray Matter Morphometry, Onset Age of Bilingualism, and Theory-of-Mind. Scientific Reports https://rdcu.be/dx6ux
  2. Johari, K., Chen, H.C., Yow, W. Q., & Tan, U. (2024). Insights into Student Attention during Online Lectures: A Classification Approach using Eye Data IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE). 1-5. doi: 10.1109/FIE58773.2023.10343526
  3. Li, X., & Yow, W.Q. (2023). Younger, Not Older, Children Trust an Inaccurate Human Informant More Than an Inaccurate Robot Informant. Child Development 10.1111/cdev.14048 pdf
  4. Chen, H.C., & Yow, W.Q. (2023). Understanding Different Approaches of Bilingualism on Task Switching Performance: Data from Cognitively Healthy Older Adults and Cognitively Impaired Older Adults. Frontiers in Psychology https://doi.org/10.3389/flang.2023.1165388
  5. Yow, W. Q. & Li, X. (2023). Role of bilingual experience in children’s context-sensitive selective trust strategies. Bilingualism, Language and Cognition, 1-12, https://doi.org/10.1017/S1366728923000433
  6. Durak, M. Karakose, S., & Yow. W. Q. (2023). Late-Life Psychopathology. Frontiers in Psychology, 14, doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2023.1204202
  7. Ng, Z.Z., Li, G., Flynn, S., & Yow, W.Q. (2023). How COVID-19 News Affect Older Adults’ Mental Health. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public health, 20(5), 3950. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph20053950
  8. Tan, Y.N., Lokanathan, T., & Yow, W.Q. (2022). Effectiveness of mobile assistive technology on improving the self-perceptions of students with dyslexia in Singapore. Asia Pacific Journal of Developmental Differences, 9(2), 248-278.
  9. Koh, V.T.J., Ong, R.H.S., Chow, W.L., Tiah, L., Oh, H.C., Yow, W.Q., Sharma, S., & Yap, J.C.H. (2022). Understanding patients’ health seeking behavior for non-emergency conditions: A qualitative study. Singapore Medical Journal.
  10. Asaba, M., Li, X., Yow, W.Q., & Gwen, H. (2022). Children selectively demonstrate their competence to a puppet when others depict it as an agent. Cognitive Development. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S088520142200034X?dgcid=coauthor
  11. Yow, W.Q., & Li, X. (2021). Children consider a speaker’s information privilege and engage in adaptive selective trust in referential cues. Cognitive Development, 60, 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cogdev.2021.101118 pdf
  12. Li, X., Ng, K.K., Wong, J.J.Y., Lee, J.W., Zhou, J.H., & Yow, W.Q. (2021). Bilingual language entropy influences executive functions through functional connectivity and signal variability. Brain and Language. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bandl.2021.105026 pdf
  13. Marakkalage, S.H., Lau., B.P.L., Zhou, Y., Liu, R., Yuen, C., Yow, W.Q., Chong, K.H. (2021). WiFi fingerprint clustering for urban mobility analysis. IEEE Access, 9, 69527-69538. 10.1109/ACCESS.2021.3077583
  14. Marakkalage, S.H., Chen, Q., Zhou, Y., Yuen, C., Yow, W.Q. and Chong, K.H. (2021). A Multi-Perspective Approach to Resident Segmentation Analysis for HDB Towns in Singapore. Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Big Data and Computing, 192-199. DOI: 10.1145/3469968.3470000 https://www.semanticscholar.org/paper/A-Multi-Perspective-Approach-to-Resident-Analysis-Hasala-Zhou/b876fa479cf5694c00add720f71d18aec3500ae4
  15. *Chan, C., *Yow, W.Q., Oei, A. (2020). Active bilingualism in aging: Balanced bilingualism usage and less frequent language switching relates to better conflict monitoring and goal maintenance ability. Journal of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences, gbaa058, https://doi.org/10.1093/geronb/gbaa058. *Both authors contribute equally.
  16. Yow, W.Q., & Priyashri, S. (2019). Computerized electronic features direct children’s attention to print in single and dual language e-books. AERA Open, 5(3), 1-15. doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/2332858419878126
  17. Yow, W.Q., Chen, H.C., & Lokanathan, T. (2019). Improvement in fine motor control in dementia elderly from a computerized touchscreen training program. Innovation in Aging, 3(Suppl 1), S910, https://doi.org/10.1093/geroni/igz038.3320
  18. Yow, W.Q., Lee, J.W., & Li, X. (2019). Age-related Declines in Social Cognitive Processes of Older Adults. Innovation in Aging3(Suppl 1), S882–S883. https://doi.org/10.1093/geroni/igz038.3232
  19. Asaba, M., Li, X., Yow, W.Q., & Gweon, H. (2019). A friend, or a toy? Four-year-olds strategically demonstrate their competence to a puppet but only when others treat it as an agent. Proceedings of the 40th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society.
  20. Yow, W.Q., Tan, Y.N., & Lokanathan, T. (2019). Understanding, Designing and Developing Assistive Technology for Students with Dyslexia in a Singapore Classroom. Proceedings of the 11thAsian Conference on Education.
  21. Yow, W.Q., & Lim, Z.M.T. (2019). Sharing the Same Languages Helps Us Work Better Together. Nature Palgrave Communications, 5, 154.  https://doi.org/10.1057/s41599-019-0365-z
  22. Priyashri, S., Chan, S. W. T., Chua, Y., Yow, W.Q., & Nanayakkara, S. (2019). Going Beyond Performance Scores: Understanding Cognitive Affective States in Kindergarteners and Applications of Framework in Classrooms. International Journal of Child Computer Interactions, 21, 37-53. doi https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijcci.2019.04.002
  23. Li, X. & Yow, W.Q. (2018). Willingness to revise own testimony: 3- and 4-year-olds’ selective trust in unexpected testimony from accurate and inaccurate informants. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 173, 1-15. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jecp.2018.03.008of .
  24. Yow, W.Q., & Li, X. (2018). The influence of language behavior in social preferences and selective trust of monolingual and bilingual children. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 166, 635-651. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jecp.2017.09.019
    Setiawan, V., Chor, T., Lai, V., Wang, G., Yap, W.L., & Yow, W.Q. (2018). Transfer learning of cognitive control using mobile applications. Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Cognition and Exploratory Learning (CELDA 2018).
  25. Tamasi, K., & Yow, W.Q. (2018). Early onset of bilingualism and frequent language switching confers advantage in executive functioning: A study of two bilingual populations. Proceedings of the 40th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development.
  26. Tamasi, K., Zhang, L., & Yow, W.Q. (2018). Early onset of bilingualism and frequent language switching confers executive control advantage: A Principal Component Analysis of two bilingual populations. Proceedings of the 7th Annual International Conference on Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology, Singapore.
  27. Yow, W.Q., Sia, S., Lokanathan, T., & Achenbach, A.V. (2018). Gerontechnology enhances attitudes towards and interest in technology use of older adults with dementia. Innovation in Aging, 2(Suppl 1), 937. https://doi.org/10.1093/geroni/igy031.3481
  28. Manivannan, A., Yow, W.Q., Bouffanais, R., & Barrat A. (2018). Are the different layers of a social network conveying the same information? EPJ Data Science. doi https://link.springer.com/article/10.1140/epjds/s13688-018-0161-9.
  29. Yow, W. Q., Li, X., Lam, S., Gliga, T., Chong, Y. S., Kwek, K. and Broekman, B. F.P. (2017), A bilingual advantage in 54-month-olds’ use of referential cues in fast mapping. Dev Sci, 20: n/a, e12482. doi:10.1111/desc.12482
  30. Yow, W.Q., Tan, S.H., & Flynn, S. (2017). Code-switching and its impact on linguistic competency in bilingual preschoolers. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition,  1-16. doi:10.1017/S1366728917000335
  31. Yow, W.Q., A. Oei, & Li, X. (2017). Novel evidence for the bilingual advantage: Effects of language control on executive function in balanced and unbalanced dual-language users. Proceedings of the 39th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society.
  32. Li, X., & Yow, W.Q. (2017). “I’m better than you at labeling!”: Preschoolers use past reliability when accepting unexpected labels. Proceedings of the 39th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society.
  33. Yow, W.Q., Li, X., Lam, S., Gliga, T., Tan, K.H., Shek, L., Yap, F., Chong, Y.S., & Broekman, B.F.P. (2017). Effects of bilingualism on children’s use of social cues in word learning. Proceedings of the 40th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development.
  34. Yow, W.Q., & Oei, A. (2017). Cognitive mixing costs advantage in balanced bilingual elderly. Proceedings of the 6th Annual International Conference on Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology, Singapore.
  35. Lim, Z., & Yow, W. Q. (2016). ‘The Relations between Language Diversity and Similarity and Adults’ Collaborative Creative Problem Solving’. World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, International Science Index, Psychological and Behavioral Sciences, 2(5), 577.
  36. Yow, W.Q., & Markman, E.M. (2016). Children increase their sensitivity to a speaker’s nonlinguistic cues following a communicative breakdown. Child Development. DOI: 10.1111/cdev.12479
  37. Yow, W. Q., Patrycia, F., & Flynn, S. (2016). Code-switching in Childhood. In S. Montarnari & E. Nicoladis (eds). Lifespan Perspectives on Bilingualism (pp. 81-100). Washington, DC, US: American Psychological Association..
  38. Yow, W. Q. (2015). Monolingual and bilingual preschoolers’ use of gestures to interpret ambiguous pronouns. Journal of Child Language, 42, 1394-1407. doi:10.1017/S0305000914000737.
  39. Hung, W., Patrycia, F., & Yow, W.Q. (2015). Bilingual children weigh speaker’s referential cues and word-learning heuristics differently in different language contexts when interpreting a speaker’s referential intent. Frontiers in Psychology, 6:796. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00796.
  40. Yow, W.Q., & Markman, E.M. (2015). A bilingual advantage in how children integrate multiple cues to understand a speaker’s referential intent. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 18(03), 391-399.
  41. Yow, W.Q., & Li, X. (2015). Balanced bilingualism and early age of second language acquisition as the underlying mechanisms of a bilingual executive control advantage: Why variations in bilingual experiences matter. Frontiers in Psychology, 6:164. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00164.
  42. Chong, K. H., Yow, W. Q., Loo, D., & Patrycia, F. (2015). Senior activity center or coffeeshop? Perception of matured estate and socio-psychological wellbeing of the elderly. Journal of Housing For The Elderly, 29 (3), 259-297.
  43. Yow, W. Q., & Patrycia, F. (2015). Challenging the “linguistic incompetency hypothesis” – Code-switching positively impacts on lexical development in bilingual preschoolers. Supplement Proceedings of the 39th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development.
  44. Yow, W. Q., Li, X., Hung, W., Goldring, M., Cheng, L., Gu, Y. (2014). Predicting Social Networks and Psychological Outcomes from Mobile Phone Sensing. Proceedings of IEEE ICC 2014.
  45. Yow, W. Q. (2013). Monolingual and bilingual children’s use of gestures and grammatical agreement in pronoun interpretation. In S. Baiz, N. Goldman, & R. Hawkes (Eds.), Proceedings of the 37th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (Vol. 2, pp. 482-494).
  46. Yow, W.Q. (2012). Experience of communication breakdown increases preschoolers’ sensitivity to communicative cues. International Journal of Psychology, 47 (Special issue), 272-272.
  47. Yow, W.Q., & Markman, E.M. (2011). Young bilingual children’s heightened sensitivity to referential cues. Journal of Cognition and Development, 12 (1), 12-31
  48. Yow, W.Q., & Markman, E.M. (2011). Bilingualism and children’s use of paralinguistic cues to interpret emotion in speech. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 14(4), 562-569.
  49. Yow, W.Q. & Markman, E. M. (2010). Bilingual children’s integration of multiple cues to understand a speaker’s referential intent. In K. Franich, K.M. Iserman, & L.L. Keil (Eds.), Proceedings of the 34th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (Vol. 2, pp. 480-490)
  50. Yow, W.Q. & Markman, E. M. (2009). Understanding a speaker’s communicative intent: Bilingual children’s heightened sensitivity to referential gestures. In J. Chandlee, M. Franchini, S. Lord & G. Rheiner (Eds.), Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (Vol. 2, pp. 646-657)
  51. Lepper, M.R., Master, A., & Yow, W.Q. (2008). Intrinsic motivation in education. In M.L. Maehr, S. Karabinick, & T. Urdan (Eds.), Advances in Motivation and Achievement (Vol 15, pp. 521-555). Bingley, UK: Emerald
Yow Wei Quin


  • PhD Psychology (Developmental), Stanford University, 2010
  • MA Psychology, Stanford University, 2007
  • MSc Statistics, Stanford University, 2007
  • MBA Strategic Development, Nanyang Technological University, 2002
  • BSocSc Honors in Psychology, National University of Singapore, 1996
  • BA (Merit) Psychology & Economics, National University of Singapore, 1995


  • Academic Research Fund (AcRF) Tier 2, An Adaptive Compensatory Framework – How Social Cognition Changes with Aging, Feb 2020 Call, PI, S$693,228.
  • AME Programmatic Fund, NOURISH: Next-Generation Brain-Computer-Brain Platform – A Holistic Solution for the Restoration & Enhancement of Brain Functions, Oct 2020-Sep 2024, Team PI/co-PI, S$868,320 (one of 6 institutions involved totaled S$9,950,280).
  • TL@SUTD Research Project Grant, Multimodal Interaction Research and Simulator Development, 2020-2022, Task PI, S$790,000.
  • Land & Liveability National Innovation Challenge (L2 NIC) Grant, The New Urban Kampong – Project Geo-sociographics to Redefine Segments of Residents, 2017-2020, PI, S$1,376,120 (one of four projects totaled S$5,383,519.66).
  • Ministry of Health-National Innovative Challenge on Active and Confident Ageing Cognition Grant: A novel touch-based bilingual intervention to stave off cognitive decline in the elderly: The Dual-language Intervention in Semantic memory - Computerized (DISC), 2017-2021, PI, S$773,558.40.
  • Singapore Millennium Foundation (SMF) Research Grant, Design and Develop a Tool to Support In-Situ Language Learning for Children with Dyslexia, 2017-2021, PI, $670,300.
  • SUTD-MIT International Design Centre Research Grant, Improve Cognition in the Elderly by Design, 2017-2020, PI, S$138,000
  • Academic Research Fund (AcRF) Tier 1, Language, Cognitive Load, Stress Appraisal and Engineering Design Applications, 2016-2018, PI, S$174,742. Completed.
  • Defence Innovative Research Program, Improved Cognitive Performance by Design, 2015-2019, Task-PI, S$1,137,480. Completed.
  • SUTD-MIT International Design Centre Research Grant, Incentive Mechanisms for Patient Routing to Control Crowding in Emergency Departments, 2015-2018, co-PI, S$549,960. Completed.
  • SUTD-MIT International Design Centre Research Grant, Pervasive sensing-based social network study, 2012-2015, PI, S$794,700. Completed.
  • SUTD-MIT International Design Centre Research Grant, Cognitive and social development in monolinguals and bilinguals, 2012-2015, PI, S$49,800. Completed.
  • SUTD-ZJU Research Collaboration Grant, Cognitive Effects and Executive Control in Monolingual and Bilingual Adults and the Elderly, 2012-2013, PI, S$50,000. Completed.
  • SUTD Start-up Grant, Cognitive and social development in monolinguals and bilinguals, 2011-2015, PI, S$25,200. Completed.
  • SUTD-MIT International Design Centre Equipment Grant, Optical Motion Tracking and Capture System, 2013-2014, Co-PI, $400,000. Completed.
  • SUTD-ZJU Joint Collaboration Grant, Living in an aging world: In search of new elderly housing and neighbourhood design typology, 2012-2013, co-PI, $50,000. Completed.
  • SUTD-MIT International Design Centre Research Grant, Audio aid design for the disabled people, 2012-2015, co-PI, $418,900. Completed.
  • SUTD Outstanding Education Award - Excellence in University Service, 2016
  • SPSP Teacher/Scholar Award 2016
  • Tan Kah Kee Postgraduate Scholarship Award 2009/2010
  • Stanford Humanities & Sciences Graduate Research Opportunity Award 2009/2010
  • Society of Research in Child Development Travel Award 2009
  • Paula Menyuk Award 2008
  • Stanford Humanities & Sciences Fellowship 2005-2010
  • Stanford RA/TA Award 2005-2010


Research assistants, research fellows, postdocs, and research collaborators are welcome!