Hwajin Yang is Associate Professor of Psychology in the School of Social Sciences at Singapore Management University. She obtained her PhD in Psychology from Cornell University (NY, USA) in 2005.
She has established a strong research programme that is guided by one overarching question. How does our everyday experience contribute to the regulation of executive functions (EF) that are considered to be the foundation of human capital, because its functions—and dysfunctions—influence many aspects of our lives (psychological well-being, decision-making, adaptive behaviours, mental health and academic success), from infancy to old age? Since EF carries fundamental implications for adaptive cognitive functioning and integrative cognitive capacity in both children and adults, this is an exciting and fast-growing area of research.
She has published many empirical research articles in top-tier and prestigious journals in Cognitive, Developmental, Educational, and Social Psychology. She is currently serving as the associate editor of Frontiers in Developmental Psychology.