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 broadly interested in the influences of multiple social identities and individual differences on well-being, performance, and health psychology outcomes within different social contexts. 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 have two major lines of research. First, I am a motivation researcher who develops, validates, and refines methods of assessing implicit motives. In this line of work, I publish and investigate best practices for using the Picture Story Exercise, the most commonly used measure of implicit motives. I have also explored the use of machine learning for automating the laborious content coding process that is involved in scoring implicit motives in text. Second, I investigate how individual differences (such as in motivation and in social identities) can affect performance, interpersonal outcomes, and physiological and emotional changes during motive-relevant contexts. I have explored the intersection between the person and the situation on a wide range of personal and social outcomes such as addictive behaviors, body image, internet radicalization, consumerism, medical adherence, adolescent aggression, and inter-group relations.
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Assoc Prof Ring Joyce Pang Shu Min
Associate Dean (Research), College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences
Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences
Director, CLASS, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
Head, Psychology, School of Social Sciences (SSS)

* Implicit motives
* Personality assessment
* Gender
* 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.