YOW WEI QUIN

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

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

Biography

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 in several peer-refereed international journals and book chapters and presented papers in various international conferences on the impact of bilingualism on socio-cognitive development and academic motivation in education.

Key Publications

  1. Yow, W.Q., Tan, S.H., & Flynn, S. (in press). Code-switching and its impact on linguistic competency in bilingual preschoolers. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition.
  2. 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
  3. Yow, W.Q., Li, X., Lam, S., Gliga, T., Tan, K.H., Shek, L., Yap, F., Chong, Y.S., & Broekman, B.F.P. (in press). Effects of bilingualism on children’s use of social cues in word learning. Proceedings of the 40th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development.
  4. 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
  5. Yow, W. Q., Patrycia, F., & Flynn, S. (2016). Code-switching in Childhood. In S. Montarnari & E. Nicoladis (eds). Lifespan Perspectives on Bilingualism.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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).
  14. Yow, W.Q. (2012). Experience of communication breakdown increases preschoolers’ sensitivity to communicative cues. International Journal of Psychology, 47 (Special issue), 272-272.
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. 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)
  18. 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)
  19. 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

EDUCATION BACKGROUND

  • 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

AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS

  • SUTD-MIT International Design Centre Research Grant, Improve Cognition in the Elderly by Design, 2017-2020, PI, S$138,000
  • 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), 2017-2020, PI, S$773,558.40
  • Academic Research Fund (AcRF) Tier 1, Language, Cognitive Load, Stress Appraisal and Engineering Design Applications, 2016-2018, PI, S$174,742
  • Defence Innovative Research Program, Improved Cognitive Performance by Design, 2015-2019, Task-PI, S$1,137,480
  • 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
  • SUTD-MIT International Design Centre Research Grant, Pervasive sensing-based social network study, 2012-2015, PI, S$794,700
  • SUTD-MIT International Design Centre Research Grant, Cognitive and social development in monolinguals and bilinguals, 2012-2015, PI, S$49,800
  • SUTD-ZJU Research Collaboration Grant, Cognitive Effects and Executive Control in Monolingual and Bilingual Adults and the Elderly, 2012-2013, PI, S$50,000
  • SUTD Start-up Grant, Cognitive and social development in monolinguals and bilinguals, 2011-2015, PI, S$25,200
  • SUTD-MIT International Design Centre Equipment Grant, Optical Motion Tracking and Capture System, 2013-2014, Co-PI, $400,000.
  • 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
  • SUTD-MIT International Design Centre Research Grant, Audio aid design for the disabled people, 2012-2015, co-PI, $418,900
  • 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 OPPORTUNITIES

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