Academic Profile

I received my B.A. training in psychology from Smith College, MA, USA, and my PhD in personality psychology from The University of Michigan, MI, USA.

As a personality psychologist, I am interested in the assessment of individual differences and in making finer distinctions between personality dimensions in order to increase theoretical understanding of how personality affects behavior. In all my research, I adopt a person x situation perspective to understand how individual differences predict different reactions within different social contexts, which in turn lead to important personal and social outcomes.

To this end, I see myself primarily as a motivation researcher with two major lines of research about implicit motives. First, I develop, validate, and refine the Picture Story Exercise, a measure of implicit motives. Second, I investigate how individual differences in motivation affect performance, interpersonal outcomes, and physiological and emotional changes during achievement relevant contexts.
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Assoc Prof Ring Joyce Pang Shu Min
Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences

* Achievement motivation
* Implicit motives
* Personality assessment
* Adolescents
* Health psychology
  • Towards the development of a machine learning database for implicit motive coding
  • Pang, J.S., & Baumann, N (in press).(2020). At the crossroads of women’s experience: Insights from and intersections between motivation, emotion, gender, and culture. The Cambridge International Handbook on Psychology of WomenUK: Cambridge University Press.

  • Hernández, M., Tan, J.Z.J., Tan, J.T., Pang, J.S., & Detenber, B.H. (2019). Predicting Attitudes toward Out-groups in Singapore: Beyond National Identity. 72nd Annual Conference of the World Association for Public Opinion ResearchToronto, Ontario, Canada.

  • Pang, J.S.(2018). Feedback as implicit motivational incentives: Approach and avoidant achievement motivated Singaporean university students’ responses to success versus failure feedback. Student Motivation, Engagement, and Growth: Asian InsightsOxfordshire, UK: Routledge.

  • Wee, K. Z., & Pang, J.S. (2018). Beating Lady Luck: Effects of Competitive Gambling on Opponent Likeability and Targeted Physical Aggression. Asian Journal of Social Psychology, , in press.

  • Neo, L.S., Pang, J.S., & Chin, J.(2018). Bystander intervention to prevent radicalization.. Learning from Violent Extremist Attacks: Insights for Practitioners and Policymakers.Singapore: World Scientific Publishing.