Research Clusters

Social-cross cultural research group

The social-cross cultural research group focuses on exploring the impact of social and contextual factors on psychological functioning. This group is involved in a wide spectrum of research areas such as cross-cultural and indigenous psychology with specific interest in social change and globalisation; political beliefs and democracy in Asia; the self and the family; culture and mental health; cultural influences on interpersonal violence and honour-based violence; SNS and digital media – their psychological impact and changes in interpersonal relationships; gender and body politics; intimate partner violence; cyberbullying and criminal computer behaviour.

Health, addiction and counselling research group

The health, addiction and counselling research group is focused on enhancing health and well-being across the lifespan, with some of the research specifically addressing the Malaysian context. The research group has been involved in research projects such as the investigation of health knowledge, beliefs and lifestyle among sociocultural groups in Malaysia; online counselling on students’ mental health and wellbeing; emotion regulation in adolescent self-injury; youth drug abuse; gambling disorders and responsible gambling initiatives; addictions; tobacco use; cultural health beliefs and family coping in dealing with children’s mental illness; positive psychology and well-being; and the impact of sleep disorders on health and well-being.

Memory and cognition research group

The memory and cognition research group focuses on underlying cognitive processes of everyday memory with particular reference to autobiographical memory. Besides examining the way healthy adults and elderly retrieve autobiographical memories, this group also investigates how people suffering from various psychiatric disorders, such as depression, paranoid schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) reconstruct memories of personal experiences. They are currently involved in research exploring the transmission of cultural life scripts – prescriptive timing and order of important life events in a culture-specific prototypical life course, and if the retrieval of autobiographical memory is affected by the life scripts. The group’s other research projects investigate the effects of socioeconomic status on cognitive brain function; age-related positivity effect in autobiographical memory; construction of autobiographical memory in psychiatric patients; and the neuropsychology of autobiographical memory.

The group is also running couple other projects:

I) Neuroeconomic underpinnings of non-cooperation and cooperation in sustainable use of shared natural resources;

II) Neuroeconomic foundation of social communication, cooperation, and noncooperation in managing the commons.