Academic Profile : Faculty

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Dr Wu Chiao-Yi
Education Research Scientist, OER Centre for Research in Child Development
Research Scientist, National Institute of Education - Office of Education Research
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Dr. Wu Chiao-Yi is a Research Scientist (Lecturer) in the Centre for Research in Child Development at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Dr. Wu received her Ph.D. degree in Psychology from Nanyang Technological University and her B.S. degree in Psychology from the National Taiwan University, where she also completed the Neurobiology and Cognitive Science Program. Prior to joining NIE, Dr. Wu had her postdoctral research training at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany, and had worked as a Research Scientist in the Centre for Research anad Development in Learning at Nanyang Technological University.

Dr. Wu's research interests revolve around the neurobiology of language, reading, and mathematical processing, as well as their implications for learning and education. Trained as a cognitive neuroscientist, she employs the science of learning approach combining behavioural assessment, neuroimaging techniques (e.g., magnetic resonance imaging, functional near-infrared spectroscopy), and intervention to investigate typical and atypical development of language, literacy and numeracy skills. She has studied the neural networks of language and reading in populations of various language background, including monolinguals and bilinguals in different languages (e.g., Chinese, German, English, Tamil), and across a wide age range (from young children to older adults). Her recent projects focus on elucidating the neural reading networks of bilingual readers and promoting effective biliteracy development in early childhood. At NIE, she teaches courses related to the Science of Learning, including Brain Literacy for Educators.

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Dr. Wu Chiao-Yi's areas of expertise are in the neurobiology of language, reading, and mathematical processing. She investigates typical and atypical development of cognitive and academic skills with the application of neuroimaging techniques such as functional, structural, and diffusion magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS). She adopts the Science of Learning approach and examines the contribution of neural, cognitive, and environmental predictors for successful and impaired learning. She has applied her research expertise in studying the neural networks underlying language development, bilingualism and biliteracy, and cross-linguistic comparisons. Her current research focuses on the development of emergent skills in early childhood including language, literacy, numeracy, and executive function. Through her research, she strives to gain insights from neuroscience to optimize learning and inform educational practices.
  • Growth in Bilingual & Biliteracy Proficiency: Environmental, Individual & Experiential Factors (GIBBER)
  • Promoting Effective Biliteracy in Early Childhood: A Systematic Screening and Training Programme for Balanced Bilingual Development
  • Meta-Analyses of the Neural Networks for Reading and Mathematical Processing in Development: The Role of Executive Function
  • CRCD Research Infrastructure and Database Project 3
Courses Taught
AGE06A - Brain Literacy for Educators