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Dr Tan Kok Wei | Lecturer in Psychology

tan kok wei Dr. Tan Kok Wei obtained his PhD in Psychology from the University of Nottingham in 2016, where he studied the effects of skin condition, specifically its colour and texture, on health perception in Asian faces.

Kok Wei completed his master degree in developmental psychology from the National University of Malaysia (UKM), from 2005 to 2007, where he examined the occurrence of private speech in young adults. Upon completion, he worked as a lecturer at the University Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) for 4 years. He was also engaged by a community college, while pursuing his PhD, teaching child psychology related subjects.

Prior to joining University of Reading Malaysia in 2016, Kok Wei worked as the course writer for the Wawasan Open University (WOU) where he prepared academic modules for WOU’s students, in both Experimental Psychology and History and Systems of Psychology subjects.

His research focuses on face perception, specifically on judgment of apparent health and attractiveness, and their association with actual physical health.


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Speciality areas

Developmental Psychology
Experimental Psychology

Highest qualification and awarding body

PhD in Psychology, University of Nottingham, 2016

UoRM programmes taught/supervised

BSc (Hons) Psychology:
PY2PS Personality & Social Psychology
PY2CP Careers in Psychology

Research interests

Face perception, specifically on attractiveness and apparent health.
Social perception.
Language and cognition, specifically on private speech and creativity.

Current projects

  1. Influence of carotenoids on facial attractiveness and apparent health.
    Collaborators: Dr. Ian Stephen (Macquarie University) & Dr. Brigitte Graf (Manchester Metropolitan University)
  2. Colour perception among individuals with colour deficiencies.
    Collaborators: Dr. Hannah Rowland (University of Cambridge), Dr. Robert Burris (Basel University) & Dr. Ian Stephen (Macquarie University)
  3. Augmented Reality in Psychology and Gamification
    Collaborators: Dr. Ooi Pei Boon (Sunway University) & Dr. Teh Phoey Lee (Sunway University)

Recent publications

Tan KW, & Stephen ID. (2018). Skin texture and colour predict perceived health in Asian faces. Evolution and Human Behavior. 39(3): 320-335

Stephen ID, Salter DLH, Tan KW, Tan CBY & Stevenson RJ. (2018) Sexual Dimorphism and Attractiveness in Asian and Caucasian Faces. Visual Cognition. DOI: 10.1080/13506285.2018.1475437 (IF 2014: 2.16)

Tan, KW, Graf, BA, Mitra, SM, & Stephen ID. (2015). Daily Consumption of a Fruit and Vegetable Smoothie Alters Facial Skin Color. PlosOne. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0133445

Stephen, ID. & Tan, KW. (2015). Healthy body, healthy face? Evolutionary approaches to health perception. In: E. Sheppard & S. Haque (2015) Studies in contemporary psychology: A collection of critical essays. Bern, Switzerland: Peter Lang Publishing.

Tan, KW & Stephen, ID (2013). Colour detection thresholds in faces and colour patches. Perception, 42: 733 – 741.

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