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The S.S. Laboratories at Nam Shan Building have been established to encourage and support research and teaching by the Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences. This establishment consists of 'Psychology Laboratories' and 'Practice Laboratories' with four cubicles, three main laboratories, two counseling rooms, a multi-purpose room, two control rooms and a reception area. With the installation of proper hardware and equipment for students to conduct experiments and practice skills in laboratory settings.

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Facilities

1) The BSL Psychophysiology System

Manufactured by the BIOPAC Systems, Inc., the BSL Psychophysiology System is installed in Room 513 where state-of-the-art technology, innovative software, and industry standard hardware come together for acquiring signals and analyzing data for ECG, EDA/GSR, and EMG.

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2) An eye tracking system

An eye tracking system is installed in Room 514 where eye movements and visual attention can be analyzed.

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3) A virtual reality system

A virtual reality system in Room 518. This is a form of technology that creates three-dimensional, computer generated environment for interactions.

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4) Emotional State Recognition System

This system is characterized by an integration of a high-performance data acquisition system with a facial EMG measurement kit and electrodermal activity (EDA) measurement kit to determine emotional states with 3 physiological measures: (1) EDA, an indicator of arousal, (2) activity of the corrugator, an indicator of negative emotions, and (3) activity of the zygomaticus, an indicator of positive emotions.
https://www.biopac.com/application-note/276-emotional-state-physiology/

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5) EEG recording system

A 64-channel ANT EEG recording system (eegoTM mylab) is installed in Room 512. It allows users to measure electrophysiological signals from human participants, with exceptionally high temporal resolution in various experimental contexts.
https://www.ant-neuro.com/products/eego-mylab

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6) Child and family observation room

Child and family observation room provides a child-friendly environment and research facility for studies and observation on child development and family interaction.

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7) Counseling rooms

Two counseling rooms for counseling practices in an atmosphere of total confidentiality, compassion, respect and non-judgement.

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8) Large multi-purpose room

For teaching, meeting, mediation, group counseling practices, and play therapy.

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9) Control rooms

There are two control rooms for monitoring and recording during experiments or practices. The rooms are also equipped with one-way mirrors.

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10) Computer room

For the teaching of contemporary scientific software as well as conducting computer based experiments.

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11) Video and sound recording in each room

For public safety and security, as well as recording and training purposes.

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Psychology Laboratories Research Grants (2014 – Present)

Cultural Psychology Laboratory

  • Ye, Sam Shengquan (PI), Two Ways of Value Change: From Behavioral Inhibition and Activation to Subjective Well-Being. General Research Fund, Research Grants Council, Amount: HKD 658,350.
  • Ye, Sam Shengquan (PI), An Experimental Study of National Identity among Hong Kong Youth. Public Policy Research, Central Policy Unit of Hong Kong Government, Amount: HKD 415,150.
  • Ye, Sam Shengquan (PI), The Role of Value Similarity in the Development of Romantic Relationships: The Processes of Selection and Convergence. General Research Fund, Research Grants Council, Amount: HKD 472,600.
  • Ye, Sam Shengquan (PI), Value Similarity and Romantic Relationships: The Differential Roles of Explicit and Implicit Personal Values, Strategic Research Grant, City University of Hong Kong, Amount: HKD 100,000.
  • Ye, Sam Shengquan (PI), Development of an Implicit Measure of Personal Values, Strategic Research Grant, City University of Hong Kong, Amount: HKD 100,000.
  • Ye, Sam Shengquan (PI), Personal Values on Internet: Findings from Big Data, Capacity Building Grant, City University of Hong Kong, Amount: HKD 385,800.
  • Ye, Sam Shengquan (PI), The Role of Curiosity in Discovery-Enriched Curriculum (DEC), Teaching Development Grant, City University of Hong Kong, Amount: HKD 180,000.

Development Psychology Laboratory

  • Chow, Bonnie Wing Yin (PI), Reading motivation and anxiety in first and second language acquisition. Research Grant Writing Fund, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Amount: HKD 200,000.
  • Chow, Bonnie Wing Yin (PI), The links between foreign language reading anxiety and reading performance in Hong Kong Chinese children learning English as a foreign language. Idea Incubator Project, City University of Hong Kong, Amount: HKD 185,000.
  • Ho, Samuel MY (Co-PI), Advanced Talent Education Programmes for Gifted Students in Hong Kong. Gifted Education Fund, Education Bureau, HKSAR Government, Amount: HKD 929,119
  • Hui, Anna Na Na (PI), Research on Evaluating the Pilot Scheme on On-site Pre-school Rehabilitation Services. Social Welfare Department, HKSAR, Amount: HKD 2,579,706.
  • Hui, Anna Na Na (PI), Evaluation of Circle of Security-Parenting Program. Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, Amount: HKD 143,920.
  • Hui, Anna Na Na (PI), Enhancement of Quality in Early Childhood Education: Using the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale – Extension (ECERS-E) & Revised (ECERS-R) as Formative Assessment Tools for Professional Development. Quality Education Fund: HKD 1,740,000.
  • Hui, Anna Na Na (PI), A Longitudinal Study on the Performance and Adjustment of Children Discharged from On-site Pre-school Rehabilitation Services (OPRS) to Primary One, Social Welfare Department, HKSAR, Amount: - HKD1,730,352.

Cognition & Neuroscience Laboratory

  • Wong, Andus Wing Kuen (PI), Phonological planning in Cantonese speech production. Early Career Scheme, Research Grants Council, Amount: HKD 300,000.
  • Wong, Andus Wing Kuen (PI), Processing segmental and tonal information in the production of Cantonese speech: An event-related brain potential study. General Research Fund, Research Grants Council, Amount: HKD 370,000.
  • Wong, Andus Wing Kuen (PI), Phonological encoding in Cantonese-English bilingual speech production: An event-related brain potential study. General Research Fund, Research Grants Council, Amount: HKD 332,000.
  • Chan, Kit Ying (PI), Examining the Structure of Phonological Networks in Second Language Learners, City University of Hong Kong Start-up Grant for New Faculty (Hong Kong), 2018-2020, HKD200,000.
  • Chan, Kit Ying (PI), Vowel Perception and Production in Second Language Learners with Different Proficiency Levels, City University of Hong Kong Strategic Research Grant (Hong Kong), 2018-2020, HKD100,000.
  • Chan, Kit Ying (PI), Factors Contributing to Foreign Accent: Second Language Perception, Production, and their Relation, City University of Hong Kong Strategic Research Grant (Hong Kong) 2017-19, HKD100,000.

Psychophysiology Laboratory

  • Lai, Julian Chuk Ling (PI), Psychological Resilience and the Cortisol Awakening Response in Chinese Undergraduates. Strategic Research Grant, City University of Hong Kong, Amount: HKD 99,000.
  • Lai, Julian Chuk Ling (PI), Age Differences in Diurnal Cortisol Profiles. Strategic Research Grant, City University of Hong Kong, Amount: HKD 100,000.
  • Lai, Julian Chuk Ling (PI), Loneliness and Diurnal Cortisol Profiles in Chinese Elders. Strategic Research Grant, City University of Hong Kong, Amount: HKD 100,000.
  • Lai, Julian Chuk Ling (PI), Social Network Cultivation, Diurnal Cortisol, and Telomere Length: Testing the Rejuvenation Hypothesis. General Research Fund, Research Grants Council, Amount: HKD 385,000.

Attention and Emotion Laboratory

  • Ho, Samuel Mun Yin (PI), The developmental trajectory of selective attentional bias and psychological well-being. Women’s Foundation, Amount: HKD 160,538.
  • Yeung, Dannii Yuen Lan (PI), Age Differences in Gaze When Experiencing Workplace Conflicts. Strategic Research Grant, City University of Hong Kong, Amount: HKD 100,000.
  • Yeung, Dannii Yuen Lan (PI), Intergenerational Conflict at Work: The Role of Visual Attention in Affective and Behavioral Reactions to Conflict Situations. General Research Fund, Research Grants Council, Amount: $616,450.

Psychometrics Laboratory

  • Chen, Hui-Fang (PI), Developing a New Class of Approaches to Detecting and Controlling the Impact of Response Styles in Rating or Likert Scales. Early Career Scheme, Research Grants Council, Amount: HKD 765,510.
  • Chen, Hui-Fang (PI), Rater Severity in Self- and Peer-Evaluation. Teaching Development Grant, City University of Hong Kong, Amount: HKD 168,407.
  • Chen, Hui-Fang (PI), A New Class of Approaches to Ensuring Measurement Invariance in Rating or Likert Scales: The Impact from Individual Preferences in Response Scale Usage. Strategic Research Grant, City University of Hong Kong, Amount: HKD 100,000.
  • Chen, Hui-Fang (PI), Optimizing the Use of Response Times in Survey Research. Strategic Research Grant, City University of Hong Kong, Amount: HKD 100,000.

Clinical and Health Psychology Laboratory

  • Ho, Samuel Mun Yin Samuel (PI). Building Resilience through Positive Psychology. Hospital Authority, Amount: HKD 2,290,646.
  • Ho, Samuel M.Y. (PI). Relationship between Memory Bias and Anxiety, Investigated Using the Directed Forgetting Experimental Paradigm. General Research Fund, University Grant Council, Amount: HKD 374,700.
  • • Ho, Samuel MY (Co-I), CityPal: a chatbot for enhancing young adults' psychological well-being. Health and Medical Research Fund, Amount: HKD 981,000.
  • Li, Kin Kit Ben (PI), Uncovering the Mechanisms of Message Framing for Promoting Physical Activity: An Aging Perspective. General Research Fund, Research Grants Council, Amount: HKD $550,000.
  • Rochelle, Tina L. (PI), Constructions of Masculinity: A bicultural and cross-cultural examination. Early Career Scheme, Research Grants Council, Amount: HKD 475,450.
  • Rochelle, Tina L. (PI), The relationship between productive engagement, loneliness and well-being among older adults in Hong Kong. Strategic Research Grant, City University of Hong Kong, Amount: HKD 100,000.
  • Yu, Nancy Xiaonan (PI), A longitudinal analysis of resilience and depressive symptoms among people living with HIV in rural China. Early Career Scheme, Research Grants Council, Amount: HKD 531,384.
  • Yu, Nancy Xiaonan (PI), Resilience congruence in immigrant mother-child dyads: Examining intergenerational dynamics using the actor-partner interdependence model. General Research Fund, Research Grants Council, Amount: HKD $560,100.
  • Yu, Nancy Xiaonan (PI), A psychological intervention to enhance resilience in Mainland new immigrants to Hong Kong. Health Care and Promotion Fund, Food and Health Bureau, Amount: HKD $500,000.
  • Yu, Nancy Xiaonan (PI), Dyadic effects of stigma and discrimination on distress in patient–spouse dyads affected by HIV using the actor–partner interdependence model, General Research Fund, Research Grants Council , Amount: HKD $650,322.
  • Yu, Nancy Xiaonan (PI), HPA functional activity and depressive symptoms among immigrant mother-child dyads: Mutual influence and psychobehavioral mechanism, Natural Science Foundation of China, National Natural Science Foundation of China, Amount: CNY $250,000.
  • Yu, Nancy Xiaonan (Co-I), Multi-sourced event detection and multi-dimensional analysis based on event cube, Collaborative Research Fund, Research Grants Council, Amount: HKD $5,330,356.

Regulation

  1. All rooms and facilities are used for the designated activities / functions only and the stated seating capacity of the venues should not be exceeded.
  2. Users declared that the room usage does not involve any commercial value, profit-related nature and/or personal use.
  3. Users are responsible for rearranging and cleaning the facilities to its original condition immediately after use.
  4. Do not block off emergency lighting, fire services installation, signage and escape routing.
  5. Please be considerate and minimize noises that may affect other activities held within the laboratories or cause nuisance to others.
  6. Users shall be liable for any loss of or damage to the venue (including equipment, furniture and fixtures) arising from negligence, unintentional act, unauthorized maintenance or any other cause within the reasonable control of the users.
  7. Look after personal belongings that are brought into the Laboratories. The University does not accept responsibility for any loss or damage to personal belongings.
  8. Users should observe the opening hours of SS Laboratories. Any use of the Laboratories out of office hours must be under supervision of designate SS staff
  9. Smoking is prohibited in all venues of the laboratories.
  10. NO food or drink should be allowed in Psychology Laboratory. Light refreshment may be allowed in the Interview and Counseling Room, as well as the Practice Laboratory, with prior notification.
  11. The arrangement of office hour and cancellation of center activities under adverse weather conditions will follow the basic guidelines of the University. Staff members and students should refer to the summary of the arrangement on the University’s homepage.
  12. All users must observe the Rules and Regulations governing the use of venues and facilities in City University of Hong Kong.

Opening Hours

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
10:00 - 18:00 10:00 - 22:00 10:00 - 18:00 10:00 - 22:00 10:00 - 18:00 Close Close
*Remarks: 13:00 - 14:00 Staff Lunch Hour, 18:00 - 19:00 Staff Dinner Hour
*** According to the current work-from home arrangement implemented by the University, the SS Laboratory is temporarily closed until further notice. The opening hours listed above will be fully, or partly, resumed upon further notice from the University.

Committee Members

Psychology Laboratory Sub-committee :
Dr. WONG, Wing Kuen Andus (Convener)
Prof. HO, Mun Yin Samuel
Dr. CHAN, Kit Ying Vivien
Dr. CHENG, Hon Kwong Christopher
Dr. CHOW, Wing Yin Bonnie
Dr. HUI, Na Na Anna
Dr. LAI, Chuk Ling Julian
Dr. YEUNG, Yuen Lan Dannii
Practice Laboratory Sub-committee:
Dr. TAM, Hau Lin Cherry (Convener)
Dr. CHOW, Oi Wah Esther
Dr. FUNG, Lai Chu Annis

Research Volunteer Scheme

(view current openings)

Information about the research opportunities available for students can be found through the link above. Students who would like to join the research projects currently conducted in the Psychology Laboratories as volunteers can follow the details provided and contact the corresponding researcher accordingly. New research projects and positions will be added from time to time, so please come back often for the latest update.

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Room Booking System

  • Paper Booking – Eligible for SS students



  • Contact Us

    General Enquiry

    Phone +(852)-3442-9603 / +(852)-3442-2539
    Fax +(852)-3997-3845
    Email sspsylab@cityu.edu.hk
    Address City University of Hong Kong,
    5/F, Nam Shan Building, Nam Shan Estate,
    Nam Shan Chuen Road, Shek Kip Mei,
    Kowloon, Hong Kong SAR
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