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Dr Min Yong

Assistant Professor

Faculty/Dept/School School of Social Sciences
(Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences)
Telephone +441274 238620


I completed my undergraduate degree at the Universiti Malaysia Sarawak and my postgraduate degrees at University of Otago, New Zealand. I also completed a PG Certificate of Academic Practice from Lancaster University. I am a Chartered Psychologist (British Psychological Society) and a Fellow from Advance HE. I am interested in statistical methods and am a Fellow in the Royal Statistical Society. After my PhD, I did two brief stints as a postdoctoral researcher at University of Winnipeg, Canada and University of Nottingham Malaysia campus before moving to a faculty position (teaching and research track) in Sunway University, Malaysia. My research primarily focuses on social cognition and executive function in older adults. Why do some people age successfully and some don't? What are the ups and downs in successful ageing? As PI, I have been successful on several grants from Ministry of Education in Malaysia, AHRC UK, Newton Fund (British Council) in addressing these fundamental to applied research questions. 


I am interested in social cognition (e.g. Theory-of-Mind) and executive function in older adults. I also have a keen interest in using mobile phones and virtual reality as a possible tool to examine executive function in adults. My work is primarily an experimental quantitative approach. I welcome both undergrad and postgrad students who are keen in this research area. 


Year Module code Title Subject
PSY7011-BSocial Psychology (Level 7)
PSY4009-BBrain and Behaviour
PSY5014-ZPlacement (Psychology)
PSY5010-BSocial Psychology
PSY6008-BAdvances in Child Development in Education Contexts
PSY6011-BPsychological Life Skills and Employability

Professional activities

  • 01-JAN-03: Universiti Malaysia Sarawak - BSc (Hons)
  • 01-JAN-10: University of Otago - Postgraduate Diploma in Science
  • 01-JAN-14: University of Otago - PhD
  • 01-JAN-19: Lancaster University - PG Certificate of Academic Practice
  • Royal Statistical Society, Fellow
  • British Psychological Society, Chartered Psychologist
  • Advance HE, Fellow
  • Programme Leader for the MSc in Psychology
  • Early Career Researcher representative


TitleThe effect of strategy game types on inhibition (2022)
AuthorsLeong, A. Y. C., Yong, M. H., & Lin, M.-H.
JournalPsychological Research
TitleCurbing Bribe-Giving in Malaysia: The Role of Attitudes and Parents (2022)
AuthorsMengzhen L.;Sin Y.;Wan Jaafar W.M.;Mohd Khir A.;Hamsan H.H.;Yong M.H.;Wu S.L.;Ooi P.B.;Ong D.L.T.;Ong C.S.
JournalPublic Integrity
TitleExploring the use of speculative design as a participatory approach to more inclusive policy-identification and development in Malaysia (2022)
AuthorsTsekleves, E., Ling Lee, C. A., Yong, M. H., & Lau, S. L.
JournalDesign Studies
TitleThe Hippocampal Vulnerability to Herpes Simplex Virus Type I Infection: Relevance to Alzheimer's Disease and Memory Impairment. (2021)
AuthorsYong SJ;Yong MH;Teoh SL;Soga T;Parhar I;Chew J;Lim WL;
JournalFrontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
TitleThe Effects Of Adult Aging And Culture On Theory Of Mind. (2021)
AuthorsYong MH;Lawrie L;Schaefer A;Phillips LH;
JournalThe journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences
TitleThe Effects of Adult Ageing and Culture on the Tower of London Task. (2021)
AuthorsPhillips LH;Lawrie L;Schaefer A;Tan CY;Yong MH;
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
TitleMobile phones: The effect of its presence on learning and memory. (2020)
AuthorsTanil CT;Yong MH;
JournalPLoS ONE
TitleHow do Asians perceive Caucasian eyes? Electrophysiological correlates of perceiving racial differences from the eyes region of the face. (2020)
AuthorsYong MH;Lim XL;Schaefer A;
JournalNeuroscience Letters
TitleRethinking how healthcare is conceptualised and delivered through speculative design in the UK and Malaysia: A Comparative study (2019)
AuthorsTsekleves E.;Yong M.H.;Lee C.A.L.;Giga S.;Hwang J.S.;Lau S.L.
JournalDesign Journal
TitlePerceived control and intergroup discrimination (2019)
AuthorsHunter, J.A., Scarf, D., Trent, J., Hayhurst, J., Yong, M.H. .. & Stringer, M.
JournalCurrent Research in Social Psychology
TitleEmotion recognition using smart watch sensor data: Mixed-design study (2018)
AuthorsQuiroz J.C.;Geangu E.;Yong M.H.
JournalJmir Mental Health
TitleDomestic Dogs and Human Infants Look More at Happy and Angry Faces Than Sad Faces (2016)
AuthorsYong M.;Ruffman T.
JournalMultisensory research
TitleIs that fear? Domestic dogs' use of social referencing signals from an unfamiliar person. (2015)
AuthorsYong MH;Ruffman T;
JournalBehavioural Processes
TitleDomestic dogs match human male voices to faces, but not for females (2015)
AuthorsYong M.;Ruffman T.
TitleEmotional contagion: dogs and humans show a similar physiological response to human infant crying. (2014)
AuthorsYong MH;Ruffman T;
JournalBehavioural Processes
TitleThe little book of speculative design for NGOs and community groups in Malaysia (2020)
AuthorsTsekleves, E., Darby, A., Lee, C. A. L., & Yong, M. H.
PublisherLancaster University
TitleThe little book of speculative design for policy-makers in Malaysia (2020)
AuthorsTsekleves, E., Darby, A., Lee, C. A. L., Ismail, S. H., & Yong, M. H.
PublisherLancaster University
TitleImaginAging Malaysia: Bringing participatory speculative design to Malaysia’s exploration of healthy ageing in place (2021)
AuthorsLee, C. A. L., Yong, M. H., Lim, S. C., Giga, S., Lau, S. L., Johan, J., & Tsekleves, E.
JournalDesign for Global Challenges and Goals (Design for Social Responsibility)
Title Author(s)
Emotion-recognition using smart watch accelerometer data: Preliminary findings (2017)Quiroz J.;Yong M.;Geangu E.