Note: Joyce is currently on sabbatical at the University of Zurich, Department of Psychology (Motivation and Volition).
2017 - present
Head of program (Psychology), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
2014 - present
Associate Professor of Psychology, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
2006 - 2014
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Publications & Presentations
SSCI total citation count = 456; h-index = 10; ResearcherID: C-2411-2017
Google Scholar total citation count = 1517; h-index = 16
1. Soh, L.K. *, & Pang, J.S. (in press). Living with a spouse affects the mental health of the elderly indirectly: The moderated mediation effects of loneliness and perceived problems. Clinical Medicine Insights: Psychiatry
2. Pang, J.S., & Baumann, N. (in press). At the crossroads of women’s experience: Insights from and intersections between motivation, emotion, gender, and culture. To appear in F. M. Cheung & D. F. Halpern (Eds.). The Cambridge International Handbook on Psychology of Women. Cambridge University Press..
3. 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]
4. 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.
5. 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]
6. 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]
7. 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]
8. 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]
9. 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
10. 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]
11. 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]
12. 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.
13. 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]
14. 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]
15. 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]
16. 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]
17. 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]
18. 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]
19. 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]
20. 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]
21. 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]
22. 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]
23. 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]
24. 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]
25. 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]
26. 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]
27. 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]
28. 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]
29. 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]
30. 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]
31. 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.
32. 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]
33. 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]
34. Peterson, B. E. & Pang, J. S. (2006). Authoritarianism and the pursuit of leisure. The Journal of Social Psychology, 146, 443-461. [pdf]
35. 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]
36. 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]
37. 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]
38. 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]
39. 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]
# denotes corresponding author
*denotes student collaborator
Ring, H. & Pang, J.S. Toward automatic coding of implicit motives using machine learning. Society for the Study of Motivation, Boston, USA, May 2017.
Pang, J.S. & Kang, N.Q. * Effects of a Brief Short-Term Self-Administered Mindfulness-Based Intervention Program on Young Adults’ Life Satisfaction, Psychological Need Satisfaction, and Attentional Control. Panel on Brain-based interventions for reducing antisocial behavior: Mindfulness and transcranial direct current stimulation. The Stockholm Criminology Symposium, Stockholm, Sweden, June 2016.
Pang, J.S., Yeo, Z.Z. *, & Ramsay, J.E. The links between motives and emotions at different stages of achievement goal pursuit. 28th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, May 2016.
Low, Y-H.* , & Pang, J.S. Role of emotion in fostering a promotion or prevention focus. 27th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, New York, May 2015.
Nagpaul, T. * & Pang, J.S. Psychological resources can attenuate the effects of materialism- an investigation of gratitude and mindfulness as possible solutions. 4th Annual International Conference on Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology, Singapore, February 2015.
Pang, J.S., & Ramsay, JE. *An examination of McClelland's emotion-specificity hypothesis for implicit approach and avoidant achievement motivation. Munich Symposium on Motivation, Germany, July 2014.
Yang, F. *, Pang, J.S., & Cheng, W.J.Y. Family members’ exertion of positive social control depends on their perception of the medical adherence of diabetic patients. Chinese Psychological Society, Beijing, China, August 2013.
Yang, F. *, Cheng, W. J. Y., & Pang, J.S. Health-Related Social Control, Self-Efficacy, and Diabetic Adjustment in Singaporean Elderly. American Psychological Association, Hawaii, USA, August 2013.
Zandy, S.K., Pang, J.S., Lim, K.L., Ng, W.L., & Matthews, D.B. Gender differences among college students in the presence of a peer during a simulated alcohol-pouring task. 36th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Research-Society-on-Alcoholism. Orlando, FL, USA. June, 2013.
Pang, J.S., & Ramsay, J.E. *. Validation of a Comprehensive Picture Story Set and Coding System for Assessing Implicit Approach and Avoidant Achievement Motives. Society for the Study of Motivation, Washington, D.C., USA, May 2013.
Ramsay, J.E. *, Pang, J.S., Ho, R.M.H., & Chan, K.Y. Implicit Need for Power Predicts Entrepreneurial and Leadership Intent in University Students. Association for Psychological Science, Washington, D.C., USA, May 2013.
Pang, J.S., Ang, R.P., Kom, D.M.Y. *, & Tan, S.H.* Caring Dad/Controlling Mum: Gender Differences in Effects of Parental Warmth and Psychological Control on Aggression of Impulsive Singapore Children. International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychology Congress, Stellenbosch, South Africa, July 2012.
Tan, S. H. *, Pang, J.S., Ang, R. P., & Kom, D. M. Y. *Moderating role of parental psychological and behavioral control on attachment and aggression. APS Annual Convention, Chicago, Illinois, USA, May 2012.
Tan, S. H. *, Chan, W. T. *, Pang, J.S., Ang, R. P., & Ong, C. L. *Arousing proactive aggression in the laboratory. 5th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Motivation, Chicago, Illinois, USA, May 2012.
Ramsay, J. E.*, Pang, J.S., Sor, H.Y.*, Rowatt, W., Johnson, M., & Labouf, J. Priming Religious Concepts Increases Prejudice in both Singaporean Christians and Buddhists. Annual conference of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA, USA, January 2012.
Chiang, A.Q.M.*, Pang, J.S., Ang, R.P., Kom, D.M.Y.*, & Tan, S.H.* Patterns of reactive and proactive aggression in young adolescents in Singapore. 12th European Congress of Psychology, Istanbul, Turkey, July 2011.
Kom, D.M.Y.,* Tan, S.H.*, Ang, R. P., Pang, J.S., Tan, Y.R.*, &Tan, P.L.* Reactive and Proactive Aggression and their Differential Correlates to Parenting Styles and Peer Support in Asian Adolescents. 9th Biennial Conference of Asian Association of Social Psychology, Kunming, China, July, 2011.
Pang, J.S., Fong, K.W.*, Diaz-Granados, J.L., & Matthews, D.B. Presence of a peer significantly decreases amount of liquid poured in a simulated alcohol pouring task in Singaporean college students. Scientific Meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, June 2011.
Ramsay, J.E.*, & Pang, J.S. Hope of Success and Fear of Failure: Sharpening the Tools of Investigation. 4th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Motivation, Washington, D.C., USA, May 2011.
Lee, A.*, Yap, J.S-M.*, & Pang, J.S. Online Picture Story Exercise Assessment: Reliability and Validation of the Big Three Motives. 4th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Motivation, Washington, D.C., USA, May 2011.
Pang, J.S. & Mahalingam, R. Gender, cultural, and professional identity: contributions of Social Dominance Orientation, Gender Ideology, John Henryism, and social support towards building shame or resilience in Singaporean female business and engineering majors. XXth Congress of the International Association for Cross Cultural Psychology, Melbourne, Australia, July 2010.
Tan, S.H.*, Thong, J.Y.*, & Pang, J.S. Safety, non-fulfilment, and academic resilience: Strategic prevention and promotion goal-setting in the Singapore academic context. XXth Congress of the International Association for Cross Cultural Psychology, Melbourne, Australia, July 2010.
Pang, J.S. & Lin, J-Y.* Approach and avoidance achievement motivation: effects on mood, cortisol reactivity, and performance. Annual meeting of the American Psychological Association in San Francisco, CA, May 2009.
Pang, J.S., Cheng, Y-C.*, & Lim, H.W. * A PSE picture set for measuring nAchievement—lessons from USA and Singapore. 19th International Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology, Bremen, Germany, July 2008.
Pang, J.S. Picture cue selection in the Picture-Story Exercise. 10th European Congress of Psychology, Prague, Czech Republic, July 2007.
Pang, J.S., Villacorta, M.A., & Morrison, F. Effects of explicit and implicit achievement motivation on students' memory and preference for upward social comparison targets. Annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Palm Springs, CA, January 2006.
Treynor, W., Pang, J.S., Schultheiss, O., & Gonzalez, R. A New Cheating Paradigm. Kyoto International Symposium, Kyoto-Michigan Collaboration in Psychology: Self, Cognition, and Emotion in Ann Arbor, MI, August 2003.
Wirth, M. M., Pang, J.S., Torges, C. M., Villacorta, M. A., Treynor, W. F. C., Lee, T. M., & Schultheiss, O. C. Testosterone moderates the effect of anger faces on implicit sequence learning. Annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in Orlando, FL, November 2002.
Pang, J.S. Authoritarianism and Political Knowledge. Annual meeting of the American Psychological Association in San Francisco, CA, August 2001.
Pang, J.S. (2001). Authoritarianism and Political Discourse. Annual meeting of the American Psychological Society in Toronto, ON, Canada, July 2001.
* denotes student collaborator
Grants & Awards
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