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Volume 11 Issue 1 (March 2021)


BSI Research

The following book chapter by BSI Director Professor David Chan has been accepted for publication:

  • Chan, D. (in press). Multilevel research. In F. T. L. Leong & J. T. Austin (Eds.), The psychology research handbook (3rd edition). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Highlight of Recent BSI Webinars

Chou Chuen

26 January 2021
Yu Chou Chuen, Research Fellow, Geriatric Education & Research Institute, presented a webinar titled "Using Qualitative Methods to Guide Scale Development for Clinician Empathy in Healthcare Professionals and Students". He discussed the importance of empathy in medicine and how it is linked to better care outcomes. He shared his research findings on developing a multi-dimensional scale to measure empathy for local healthcare professionals.


9 February 2021
Andree Hartanto, Assistant Professor of Psychology (Education), SMU, presented a webinar titled "Prosocial Spending and Life Satisfaction in Older Adults: A Multilevel Approach". He discussed how pro-spending can increase one's happiness and shared his research findings which also addressed the research gaps on issues related to differential effects of prosocial spending recipients, ecological validity, confounding variables, and diminishing marginal utilities.

Albert Lee

16 February 2021
Albert Lee, Assistant Professor of Psychology, NTU, presented a webinar titled "Into the Mind of God: The Role of Anthropomorphism in Fate Beliefs". He discussed his research studies on the links between construal of God and fate beliefs through anthropomorphism, which involves the tendency to imbue non-human agents with human mental capacities, such as intentions, motivations, and goals.

Jacinth Tan

23 February 2021
Jacinth Tan, Assistant Professor of Psychology, SMU, presented a webinar titled "Is Comparison the Death of Joy? How Social Class Relates to Subjective Well-Being". She discussed the links between socioeconomic status (SES) and subjective well-being (SWB) and shared her research findings on whether different assessment of SES can impact the SES-SWB links.

Insights and Applications from Behavioural Sciences

In this section on Insights and Applications from Behavioural Sciences, we feature an article published in the SID Directors Bulletin on the psychology of trust amid Covid-19 challenges.

About BSI

The Behavioural Sciences Institute (BSI) is a multi-disciplinary research institute for creating, disseminating and applying scientific knowledge about human behaviours in various social, organisational and cultural settings. For more information, please refer to our website.

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