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    Volume 9 Issue 1 (March 2019)
BSI Director Professor David Chan has been conferred the inaugural prestigious award of Scientist-Practitioner Presidential Recognition from The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), for his outstanding contributions in the combined science and practice in the field of industrial and organisational psychology. He will be receiving the award at the Annual SIOP conference to be held next month in Washington, DC, United States.
[Link to press release] [Link to QS WOW News]
Professor David Chan has been reappointed as Chairman of International Advisory Panel to National Council on Problem Gambling for a two year term from March 2019.
  • The BSI Conference 2019 on "Much More Than Academic Abilities", held on 22th February 2019 at Marina Mandarin Singapore, was attended by 300 participants from academia and the public, private and people sectors. Details of the conference proceedings will be published as a book at a later date. The links to the media report and visual highlights of the conference can be found here.
    [Link to media report] [Link to visual highlights]
BSI Outreach
BSI Director Professor David Chan delivered a keynote address titled “Enhancing Well-Being, Meaning and Passion in Schools” to 450 participants consisting of Principals and Heads of Department at the Professional Learning Day for Schools Cluster East 4 organised by the Ministry of Education.
Upcoming BSI Seminars
  • 2 April 2019
    Me vs. We?: The Influence of Dual Self-Construal Integration on Singaporeans’ Personal Outcomes
    Seminar by Cheng Chi-Ying
    Associate Professor of Psychology, SMU
Highlights of Recent BSI Seminars
22 January 2019
Kenneth Tai, Assistant Professor of OBHR, SMU, presented a seminar titled “Envy in Response to Help: A Helping as Status Relations Model”. He discussed the findings from three studies which shows envy playing a unique role over and beyond gratitude in reciprocal helping.
29 January 2019
William Tov, Associate Professor of Psychology, SMU, presented a seminar titled “Culture and Well-Being: Similarities and Difference”. He discussed the cultural differences in universal correlates of subjective well-being and how the components of well-being relate to each other.
12 March 2019
Stephanie Lin, Assistant Professor of Marketing, SMU, presented a seminar titled “Feeling Good or Feeling Right: Morally Appropriate Emotions and Effects on Consumption”. She discussed when and why hedonic consumption can be inappropriate and its implications for marketers in social media context.
26 March 2019
Ivy Lau, Assistant Professor of Psychology (Education), SMU, presented a seminar titled “Crossing Academic Boundaries and Problem Solving: Some Benefits of Double-Majoring”. She discussed and explored the benefits of double major versus single major as a curriculum choice among students.
Insights from Behavioural Sciences
In this regular section on Insights from Behavioural Sciences, we feature an invited commentary where Professor David Chan discussed how public reactions to adverse incidents are sources of valuable negative feedback. He explained how policymakers can learn to process and respond better to negative public reactions and feedback by adopting 11 principles. The article was published in The Straits Times on 16 February 2019. [Link]
Applications from Behavioural Sciences
In this regular section on Applications from Behavioural Sciences, we feature an invited commentary in which Professor David Chan discussed the issues surrounding the replacement of streaming at secondary school with the subject-based banding system. He explained how we can approach issues by reflecting on what he called the "Seven S" elements of education. The article was published in The Straits Times on 16 March 2019. [Link]

We also feature a live studio interview on Channel NewsAsia where Professor Chan discussed the multiple educational and career pathways available to students who just obtained their GCE A-level examination results on 22 February. He emphasised the importance of prioritising interest and passion when exploring and deciding among various options. [Link]

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