Assoc Prof Pei Pei SETOH

Co-Principal Investigator

Assoc Prof Setoh is a developmental psychologist and Director of the Early Cognition Lab at NTU.

Her research goal is to see children thrive and achieve their potential. To achieve this, her research examines parenting and children’s developmental outcomes.

She currently leads three projects aligned with these research aims. She is the Principal Investigator of: i) Children’s Intelligence Mindsets: Promoting Gender Diversity in STEM, funded by Ministry of Education’s 2019 Social Science Research Humanities Research Fellowship; ii) The Development of Altruism in Young Children and iii) Maximising human potential: Trajectories of Thriving for Mothers and Children, funded by Ministry of Education’s 2020 and 2022 Academic Research Fund Tier 1 Grant.

Assoc Prof Setoh’s research has been published in top academic journals such as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Developmental Psychology, and Child Development. Her research work into parenting by lying has been featured by The BBC and Channel News Asia, and her work on racial harmony and infant cognition has been featured by The Straits Times, Lianhe Zaobao, Singapore Tonight, Today Online, and The Asian Scientist.

Assoc Prof Setoh received her BSocSci degree in Psychology from National University of Singapore, MA from Nanyang Technological University, and a MA and PhD degree from University of Illinois, USA.

Singapore - NTU



Research Interest

Key Publications

Google Scholar Link

Azhari, A., Leck, W.Q., Gabrieli, G. et al. Parenting Stress Undermines Mother-Child Brain-to-Brain Synchrony: A Hyperscanning Study. Sci Rep 9, 11407 (2019).

Baillargeon, R., Scott, R. M., He, Z., Sloane, S., Setoh, P., Jin, K.-s., Wu, D., & Bian, L. (2015). Psychological and sociomoral reasoning in infancy. In M. Mikulincer, P. R. Shaver, E. Borgida, & J. A. Bargh (Eds.), APA handbook of personality and social psychology, Vol. 1. Attitudes and social cognition (pp. 79–150). American Psychological Association.

Setoh, P., Wu, D., Baillargeon, R., & Gelman, R. (2013). Young infants have biological expectations about animals. Pyschological and Cognitive Sciences, 110(40) 15937-15942.

Barrett, H.C., Broesch, T., Scott, R.M., He, Z., Baillargeon, R., Wu, D., Bolz, M., Henrich, J., Setoh, P., Wang, J., & Laurence S. (2013). Early false-belief understanding in traditional non-Western societies, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 280(1755).


2019 Nanyang Research Award, Young Investigator, Nanyang Technological University
2019 Social Science and Humanities Research Fellowship