2022 - present
Associate Dean (Research), College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University
2017 - June 2022
Head of program (Psychology), Nanyang Technological University
2014 - present
Associate Professor of Psychology, Nanyang Technological University
2006 - 2014
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Nanyang Technological University
Publications & Presentations
SSCI total citation count = 823; h-index = 15; ResearcherID: C-2411-2017
Scopus total citation count = 864; h-index = 17
Google Scholar total citation count = 2081; h-index = 22
1. Tan, S.H., Liem, G.A.D., Ramos, R.L., Elliot, R.L., Nie, Y., & Pang, J.S. (2022). Goal complexes: Integrating achievement goals as standards and self-attributed motives as reasons underlying goal pursuit. Social Psychology Education. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11218-022-09699-2. [link]
2. Tan, S.H., Liem, G.A.D., & Pang, J.S. (2021). Assessment-as-learning through the lens of self-regulated learning: The role of normative competence. In Z. Yan & L. Yang (Eds.), Assessment as Learning: Maximising Opportunities for Student Learning and Achievement. Routledge.
3. Pang, J.S., & Baumann, N. (2020). At the crossroads of women's experience: Insights form and intersections between motivation, emotion, gender, and culture. In F. Cheung & D. Halpern (eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of the International Psychology of Women (Cambridge Handbooks in Psychology, pp.153-166). Cambridge University Press.
4. Pang, J.S., & Ring, H. (2020). Automated coding of implicit motives: A machine-learning approach. Motivation and Emotion, 44, 549-566. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11031-020-09832-8. [pdf]
5. Ho, A.H.Y., Ma, S.H.X., Ho, R.M.H., Pang, J.S., Ortega, E., & Bajpai, R. (2019). Arts for ageing well: A propensity score matching analysis of the effects of arts engagements on holistic well-being among older Asian adults above 50 years of age. BMJ Open, 9:e029555. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-029555. [pdf]
6. Soh, L.K. *, & Pang, J.S. (2019). The relationship between living with a spouse and mental health in the elderly population: Moderated mediation effects of loneliness and perceived problems. Clinical Medicine Insights: Psychiatry. https://doi.org/10.1177/11795573198766461. [pdf]
7. 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, 21(3), 143-155. https://doi.org/10.1111/ajsp.12216 [pdf]
8. Pang, J.S. (2018). Feedback as implicit motivational incentives: Approach and avoidant achievement motivated Singaporean university students’ responses to success versus failure feedback. In G.A. D. Liem & S.H. Tan (Eds.), Student Motivation, Engagement, and Growth: Asian Insights. Routledge: Oxfordshire, UK.
9. Neo, L.S.*, Pang, J.S., & Chin, J. (2018). Bystander intervention to prevent radicalization. In M. Khader, L.S. Neo, J. Tan, D.D. Cheong, & J. Chin (Eds.), Learning from Violent Extremist Attacks: Insights for Practitioners and Policymakers. World Scientific Publishing: Singapore, 175-197. [pdf]
10. Yang, F., & Pang, J.S. (2017). Indirect health-related social control and psychological functioning in Singaporeans with diabetes. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 45, 1855-1864.
doi: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.5704 [pdf]
11. Nagpaul, T. *, & Pang, J. S. (2017). Extrinsic and Intrinsic Contingent Self-Esteem and Materialism: A Correlational and Experimental Investigation. Psychology & Marketing, 34: 610–622. doi:10.1002/mar.21009 [pdf]
12. Nagpaul, T. *, & Pang, J.S. (2017). Materialism lowers well-being: The mediating role of the need for autonomy—correlational and experimental evidence. Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 20: 11–21. doi: 10.1111/ajsp.12159. [pdf]
13. Yang, F., & Pang, J.S. (2016). Socioeconomic Status, Frailty, and Subjective Well-Being: A Moderated Mediation Analysis in Elderly Chinese. Journal of Health Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105316675211
14. Yang, F., Pang, J.S. & Cheng, W.J.Y. (2016). Self-care adherence and psychological functioning of older patients with Type 2 diabetes: Effects of persuasion, social pressure, and self-efficacy. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 23:389. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10880-016-9470-y [pdf]
15. Ramsay, J.E., Pang, J.S., Ho, R.M.H., & Chan, K.Y. (2016). Need for Power predicts career intent in university students. Journal of Career Assessment, 25 (3), 389-404. https://doi.org/10.1177/1069072716639690 [pdf]
16. Joshanloo, M., Rizwan, M., Khilji, I. A., Ferreira, M. C., Poon, W.-C., Sundaram, S., Ho, L. S., Yeung, V. W.-l., Han, G., Bae, J., Demir, M., Achoui, M., Pang, J. S. +, Jiang, D.-Y., Lamers, S. M. A., Turan, Y., Lepshokova, Z. K., Panyusheva, T., Natalia, A., Asano, R., Igarashi, T., & Tsukamoto, S. (2016). Conceptions of happiness and life satisfaction: An exploratory study in 14 national groups. Personality and Individual Differences, 102, 145-148.
17. Pang, J.S. (2016). Understanding personality and person-specific predictors of cyber-based insider threat. In M. Khader, L.S. Neo, G. Ong, & E.M. Tan (Eds.), Combating violent extremism and radicalization in the digital era. IGI Global: Pennsylvania, USA.[pdf]
18. Ramsay, J.E., Tong, E.M.W., Pang, J.S., & Chowdhury, A. (2016). A Puzzle Unsolved: Failure to Observe Different Effects of God and Religion Primes on Intergroup Attitudes. PLoS ONE 11(1): e0147178. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0147178 [pdf]
19. Ramsay, J. E., & Pang, J. S. (2015), Anti-Immigrant Prejudice in Rising East Asia: A Stereotype Content and Integrated Threat Analysis. Political Psychology. doi:10.1111/pops.12312 [pdf]
20. Ramsay, J.E.*, Yang, F. *, Pang, J.S., Lai, C.M., Ho, R.C, & Mak, K.K. (2015). Divergent pathways to influence: cognition and behavior differentially mediate the effects of optimism on physical and mental quality of life in Chinese university students. Journal of Health Psychology. [pdf]
21. Yang, F.*, Ramsay, J.E.*, Schultheiss, O.C., & Pang, J.S. #. (2015). Need for Achievement Moderates the Effect of Motive-Relevant Challenge on Salivary Cortisol Changes. Motivation and Emotion. [pdf]
22. Yang, F. *, Salmon, C.T., Pang, J.S., & Cheng, W.J.Y. (2015). Media Exposure and Smoking Intention in Adolescents: A Moderated Mediation Analysis from a Cultivation Perspective. Journal of Health Psychology. [pdf]
23. Ramsay, J.E.*, Pang, J.S., Johnson-Shen, M., & Rowatt, W. C. (2014). Rethinking Value Violation: Priming Religion Increases Prejudice in Singaporean Christians and Buddhists. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 24(1), 1-1, DOI:10.1080/10508619.2012.761525. [pdf]
24. Joshanloo, M., Weijers, D., Jiang, D.-Y., Han, G., Bae, J., Pang, J.S., et al. (2015). Fragility of Happiness Beliefs Across 15 National Groups. Journal of Happiness Studies. [pdf]
25. Joshanloo, M., Lepshokova, Z. Kh. Panyusheva, T., Natalia, A., Poon, W.C., Yeung, V.W-L., Sundaram, S., achoui, M., Asano, R., Igarashi, T., Tsukamoto, S., Rizwan, M., Khilji, I.A., Ferreira, M.C., Pang, J.S., Ho, L.S., Chu, A., Han, G., Bae, J., Jiang, D-Y, & Chia-Yi. (2014). Cross-cultural validation of the Fear of Happiness Scale across 14 national groups. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology. [pdf]
26. Zandy, S.L., Pang, J.S., Ho, R.M.H., & Matthews, D.B. (2013). Singaporean college students overpour drinks similar to Western populations: Influence of peer presence in a simulated alcohol-pouring task. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 37(11):1963-70. doi: 10.1111/acer.12178. [pdf]
27. Lai, C.M., Mak, K.K., Pang, J.S., Fong, S.S.M., Ho, R.C.M., & Guldan, G.S. (2013). The associations of sociocultural attitudes towards appearance with body dissatisfaction and eating behaviors in Hong Kong adolescents. Eating Behaviors. doi: 10.1016/j.eatbeh.2013.05.004. [pdf]
28. Ramsay, J.E.*, & Pang, J.S. (2013). Set Ambiguity: A Key Determinant of Reliability and Validity in the Picture Story Exercise. Motivation and Emotion. doi: 10.1007/s11031-012-9339-9. [pdf]
29. Pang, J. S., Ang, R. P., Kom, D. M. Y.*, Tan, S. H.* and Chiang, A. Q. M.* (2013). Patterns of Reactive and Proactive Aggression in Young Adolescents in Singapore. Social Development, 22(4), 794–812. doi: 10.1111/sode.12024. [pdf]
30. Lai, C.M., Mak, K.K., Watanabe, H., Ang, R.P., Pang, J.S., & Ho, R.C. (2013). Psychometric properties of the Internet Addiction Test in Chinese adolescents. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jst022 [pdf]
31. Mak K.K., Pang J.S., Lai C.M., & Ho R.C. (2013). Body esteem in Chinese adolescents: Effect of gender, age, and weight. Journal of Health Psychology, 18(1), 46-54. [pdf]
32. Tan, S. H.*, & Pang, J. S. (2012). Sticks and stones will break my bones but failure feedback may not hurt me: gender differences in the relationship between achievement motive, coping strategies and environmental mastery. Educational Psychology, 32(3), 373-388. [pdf]
33. Pang, J.S. (2010). The Achievement Motive: A Review of Theory and Assessment of N Achievement, Hope of Success, and Fear of Failure. In O.C. Schultheiss & J.C. Brunstein (Eds.), Implicit Motives. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, pp. 30-70. [pdf]
34. Pang, J.S. (2010). Content Coding Methods in Implicit Motive Assessment: Standards of Measurement and Best Practices for the Picture Story Exercise. In O.C. Schultheiss & J.C. Brunstein (Eds.), Implicit Motives. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, pp.119-150. [pdf]
35. Pang, J.S. (2010). Achievement Need. In I.B.Weiner and W.E. Craighead (Eds.), The Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology, 4th Edition. Hoboken, New Jersey, USA: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., pp. 15-17.
36. Pang, J. S., Chin, Y.S.*, Villacorta, M.A., & Morrison, F.J. (2009). Achievement motivation in the social context: Implicit and explicit Hope of Success and Fear of Failure predict memory for and liking of successful and unsuccessful peers. Journal of Research in Personality, 43, 1040-1052. [pdf]
37. Schultheiss, O. C., & Pang, J. S. (2007). Implicit measures of motivation and personality. In R. W. Robins, R. C. Fraley & R. Krueger (Eds.), Handbook of Research Methods in Personality Psychology. New York: Guilford, pp. 322-344. [pdf]
38. Peterson, B. E. & Pang, J. S. (2006). Authoritarianism and the pursuit of leisure. The Journal of Social Psychology, 146, 443-461. [pdf]
39. Huerta, M., Cortina, L. M., Pang, J.S., Torges, C.M., & Magley, V. J. (2006). Sex and power in the academy: Modeling sexual harassment in the lives of college women. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 32(5), 616-628. [pdf]
40. Pang, J. S., & Schultheiss, O. C. (2005). Assessing implicit motives in U. S. college students: Effects of picture type and position, gender and ethnicity, and cross-cultural comparisons. Journal of Personality Assessment, 85(3), 280-294. [pdf]
41. Schultheiss, O. C., Pang, J. S., Torges, C. M., Wirth, M. M., & Treynor, W. (2005). Perceived facial expressions of emotions as motivational incentives: Evidence from a differential implicit learning paradigm. Emotion, 5, 41-54. [pdf]
42. Schultheiss, O. C., Wirth, M. M., Torges, C. M., Pang, J. S., Villacorta, M. A., & Welsh, K. M. (2005). Effects of implicit power motivation on men's and women's implicit learning and testosterone changes after social victory or defeat. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 88, 174-188. [pdf]
43. Peterson, B. E., Duncan, L. E., & Pang, J. S. (2002). Authoritarianism and political impoverishment: Deficits in knowledge and civic disinterest. Political Psychology, 23(1), 97-112. [pdf]
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PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS (last five years)
Feng, S.Q., Detenber, B.H., Pang, J.S., & Teo, M.Y. Using the Common Ingroup Identity Model to understand discourses of Gay-related issues in Singapore. 72nd Annual International Communication Association Conference, Paris, France, May 2022.
Ock, J., & Pang, J. S. Effect of personality and knowledge about professional conduct on feedback delivery. Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology Annual Conference, Seattle, WA, United States, April 2022.
Detenber, B.H., Tan, J.Z., J., Pang, J.S., Hernandez, M., Teo, M.Y. Examining public opinion about a contentious social issue through content analysis of online discussion forums. 73rd Annual Conference of the World Association for Public Opinion Research (WAPOR), Salamanca, Spain, October 2020.
Detenber, B.H, Hernández, M., Tan, J.Z.J., Lew, Z.J., & Pang, J.S. Online Intergroup Contact: How Anonymity and Self-disclosure Style Influence Out-group Relations. 70th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association, Gold Coast, Australia, May 2020.
Hernández, M., Tan, J.Z.J., Tan, J.T., Pang, J.S., & Detenber, B.H. Predicting Attitudes toward Out-groups in Singapore: Beyond National Identity. 72nd Annual Conference of the World Association for Public Opinion Research, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, May 2019.
Pang, J.S., Fang, Y., & Lim, K.M.* Older Workers in Singapore: Medical Insurance Coverage and Satisfaction with Family Moderates the Role of Chronic Illness in Psychological Well-Being. 29th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Boston, USA, May 2017.
Ring, H. & Pang, J.S. Toward automatic coding of implicit motives using machine learning. Society for the Study of Motivation, Boston, USA, May 2017.
* denotes student collaborator
Grants & Awards
Principal Investigator: Academic Research Fund (AcRF) Tier 1 grant $ 82,343.33—Towards the development of a machine learning database for implicit motive coding
Co-Investigator: Academic Research Fund (AcRF) Tier 1 grant $89,478—Using public opinion to reach common ground on a contentious social issue: Attitudes toward lesbians and gays in Singapore 2005-2020
Principal Investigator: DSO National Laboratories $248,409.20—Contact theory in online environments
Principal Investigator: Tamasek Laboratories Ad-Hoc Grant sub-project SGD $893,500 (value of larger umbrella project on cyber-security is SGD $4.9M)—Personality psychology and cyber-based insider threats
Principal Investigator: HASS Incentive Scheme for the Development of Competitive Grants SGD $5,000—Mindfulness and implicit-explicit motive congruence
Principal Investigator: Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Welfare Foundation Research Grant SGD $10,000—Older working adults’ well-being
Principal Investigator: Singapore Ministry of Social and Family Development grant SGD $70,000—Qualitative study of the behaviors and attitudes of youths towards gambling and the casinos (with Co-Principal Investigator: Douglas B. Matthews, PhD, Psychology, Nanyang Technological University, and Shannon L. Zandy, PharmD, College of Pharmacy, The University of Texas at Austin)
Principal Investigator: Academic Research Fund (AcRF) Tier 1 grant SGD $249,980—Using subtypes of aggression to identify differences in delinquency and childhood externalizing disorders—study of cognitive, motivational, and hormonal differences (with Co-Prinicpal Investigator: Rebecca P-H. Ang, PhD, Psychology, Nanyang Technological University)
Principal Investigator: Start-Up Grant SGD $54,986—Validation of a new measure of implicit hope of success and fear of failure motivation
Principal Investigator: Academic Research Fund (AcRF) grant SGD $4,998—Psychology of Resilience: Intersections of identities, personality, and social contexts
Principal Investigator: Academic Research Fund (AcRF) grant SGD $4,847—Subtypes of aggression leads to differences in delinquency and conduct problems—study of different behavioral, cognitive, and motivational differences
Principal Investigator: Academic Research Fund (AcRF) grant SGD $4,940—Development of a paradigm for experimental arousal of reactive and proactive aggression
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