SS Laboratories


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 4 cubicles, 3 main laboratories, 2 counseling rooms, a multi-purpose room, 2 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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1) Counseling rooms

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

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2) Large multi-purpose room

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

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3) 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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4) 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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5) 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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6) 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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7) 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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8) Computer room

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

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9) 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

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.
  • Yue, Xiadong (PI), Enhancing happiness and resilience among Mainland students in Hong Kong, Strategic Research Grant, City University of Hong Kong, Amount: HKD 99,320.
    Feng, S., Ye, X., Mao, L., Yue, X.D. (2014).The activation of theory of mind network differentiates between point-to-self and point-to-other verbal jokes: An fMRI study. Neuroscience letters 564, 32-36
    Jiang, F., Lu, S., Yao, X., Yue, X.D. (2014).Up or down? How culture and color affect judgments. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making 27 (3), 226-234
    Jiang, F., Yue, X D., Lu, S.& Yu, G. (2014) Can you forgive? It depends on how happy you are. Scandinavian journal of psychology, 1-7
    Jiang, F., Yue, X.D., Liu, K.W., & Hiranandani, N.A. (2014). Humor Styles, Self-Esteem, and Subjective Happiness, Psychology Reports, 1-17
    Lai, J.C.L., & Yue, X.D. (2014). Using the Brief Resilience Scale to Assess Chinese People’s Ability to Bounce Back From Stress, Sage Journals, 1-6.
    Wong, A.Y.M., Yue, X.D., & Hiranandani, N.A. (2014). Humor Styles and Loneliness: A study among Hong Kong and Hangzhou undergraduates. Psychological reports 115 (1), 65-74
    Cheung, C.K., Yue, X.D., Wong, D.D.W. (2015). Influence of Parenting Patterns on the Addictive Internet use of Secondary School Students in Guangzhou and Hong Kong, Journal of Child & Family Students, 24(8): 2301-2309
    iang, F., Yue, X. D., Lu, S., Yu, G., & Zhu, F. (2015). How Belief in Just World Benefits Mental Health: The Effects of Optimism and Gratitude. Social Indicators Research, 1-13<
    Yue, X. D. & Hui, A. N. (2015) Humor Styles, creative personality traits, and creative thinking in a Hong Kong sample, Psychological Reports, 117(3), 845-855.
    Yue, X. D., & Hiranandani, N. A. (2016). Whoever is influential is successful too: How Chinese undergraduates choose admirable people in Chinese societies. International Journal of Psychology and Behavior Analysis, 2(115).
    Yue, X. D., Jiang, F., Lu, S., & Hiranandani, N. A. (2016). To be or not to be humorous? Cross cultural perspectives on humor. Frontiers in Psychology, 7(1495).

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.
  • 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.

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.

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.

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.
  • Cheng, Christopher Hon Kwong (PI), Developing an interactive learning kit for research design and data analysis in Psychology. Quality Enhancement Fund, City University of Hong Kong, Amount: HKD 193,262.
  • Cheng, Christopher Hon Kwong (PI). Examining the psychometric properties of the Chinese Posttraumatic Growth Inventory. Health and Medical Research Fund, Food and Health Bureau, Hong Kong Government, Amount: HKD 79,800.
  • Cheng, Christopher Hon Kwong (PI), Negative wording in self-reporting scales: Is it artefact or control of response set? College Research Grant, City University of Hong Kong, Amount: HKD 59,440.

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.
  • 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.


  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

Committee Members

Psychology Laboratory Sub-committee Members:
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.

***Note that if you choose to download the document, any updates made after that will not be included in the file. Please come back to download the document regularly to check for updates.

Room Booking System

Synchronized with paper booking at SS Lab, an online booking system, MRBS, is introduced in order to make the booking more convenient and facilitate the utility of SS Lab. The system is user-friendly, in which room availability can be shown and room booking can be made with just a few clicks. Once users get access to the system, they can check the availability of all rooms, and book the available room(s) to conduct their projects at a specific time or over a period of time.

For full-time faculty members, they will be given accounts to login the online system on request. For research staff or researcher students, they can also be given accounts to use the online system with their supervisors’ approval. For students, they are required to do paper booking with their supervisors’ signature or do online booking via their supervisors.

  • Online Booking – Only eligible for full-time & part-time SS Staff
    (Reminder: Please write down the number of persons in the description field of the form.)
  • Paper Booking – Eligible for SS students

Contact Us

General Enquiry

Phone +(852)-3442-9603 / +(852)-3442-2539
Fax +(852)-3997-3845
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