Welcome to the Clinical Brain Lab

About us

Our brain plays an important role in how we perceive and interact with the world around us. What happens when development goes awry in our brain, or insult occurs to our brain? How do we harness neuroplasticity to ameliorate neuropsychiatric conditions, or to optimize learning during the natural progression of neurodegeneration? Can we enhance cognitive health through neuromodulations?

At the Clinical Brain lab, we apply clinical neuropsychological principles to uncover the enigma of the brain and work towards addressing these questions. Clinical neuropsychology examines the intricate relationship underlying the mental processes and our behavior. It allows us to understand how dysfunctions of the brain affect the way we perceive internal and external environments, communicate with others, make judgments, plan and execute ideas, and coordinate emotions.

The main research modalities in our lab include traditional neuropsychological assessments, cognitive tests, functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), diffusion MRI and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). More recently, we have also included the use of electroencephalography (EEG) to answer research questions that require better temporal resolution and transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) to investigate how we can modulate brain functions.

Research Themes

Higher Cognition and the Cerebellum

We aim to understand how the cerebellum is involved in higher cognition through the use of various neuroimaging methods.

Active Ageing

We aim to promote brain health through developing exercise-cognition training.

Science of Learning

We use a combination of techniques to investigate the neural reading networks for bilingual readers.

Social Neuroscience

We use neuroimaging techniques to understand the biological mechanisms of social experiences and processes.



Perception of Real vs. Fake Information

Investigating the neurocognitive processes underlying the belief in fake/real information.

Improving Cognition through Dance in Older Filipinos with MCI

Improving Cognition through Dance in Older Filipinos with Mild Cognitive Impairment

Cerebellum & Language

We study cerebro-cerebellar pathways and their roles in language.

Understanding Brain Networks of Reading and Math

We study brain networks of reading and math.

Centre for Lifelong Learning and Individualised Cognition

From neuroscience to the practice of learning: an in-depth investigation into cognitive flexibility.

Active Aging Lifestyle

A development of an intervention program ExCITE for aging population.

Behavioural and Neural Correlates of Deception

An investigation of deception and trust.

Bilingual Reading Networks

An investigation of the neural reading networks for bilingual readers.

Promoting Effective Biliteracy

A project that aims at promoting effective biliteracy in early childhood.

Translating neuroscience for educators

An attempt to increase accessibility of cognitive neuroscience findings.

Higher Cognition & the Cerebellum

We study cerebro-cerebellar pathways and their roles in higher cognition.

Meet the Team

Check out our open positions or find out more about our alumni

Principal Investigators


Annabel Chen

Professor of Psychology
Lab Director


Chiao-Yi Wu

Lead for SoL in Emerging Skills


Alicia Goodwill

Assistant Professor
Lead for SoL in Active Lifestyle

Research Scientists and Research Fellows


Lynette Looi Ling

Research Fellow



Gladys Heng



Rajan Kashyap



Ananda Sidarta


Graduate Students


Vae Zhang Jiayi

Ph.D Student


Teo Jia Li

Ph.D Student


Mengyu Lim

Ph.D. Student


Serene Koh

M.A. Student

Research Associates


Wilson Lim

Research Associate & Coordinator for Educational Neuroscience Projects


Lin Hsin-Yu

Research Associate & Lab Manager


Stephanie Kirk

Research Associate

Research Assistants


Chua Wei Ting Serena

Research Assistant & Lab Coordinator


Michelle Yap

Research Assistant


Phoebe Chia

Research Assistant & Coordinator for Biliteracy Project


Tan Jia Yuan Janet

Research Assistant

Undergraduate Students


Bhavya Arya

Undergraduate Student


Claire Chang See Ying

Undergraduate Student


Xavier Lim

Undergraduate Student


Yip Jiamin (Bethany)

Undergraduate Student

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