Yee Lee Shing
Dr. Yee Lee Shing is a research scientist at the Center for Lifespan Psychology, Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, Germany. Since August 2015, she is also a Lecturer in Developmental Psychology at the University of Stirling, UK. Originally from Malaysia, she graduated in 2002 with a degree in Psychology from the University of Nebraska, Omaha, USA. She then completed a Masters degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Georgia, Athens, USA. In 2004, she moved to Berlin, Germany to pursue a doctoral degree under the supervision of Professors Ulman Lindenberger and Shu-Chen Li. She obtained her PhD in Psychology in 2008 from the Humboldt University. Her dissertation was awarded the Otto Hahn Medal by the Max Planck Society. In 2012, she was awarded the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize by the German Research Foundation.
As a developmental psychologist, she is interested in understanding the nature in which human cognitive abilities develop across the lifespan, making use of both neuroimaging and multivariate methodologies. In her research on episodic memory (i.e. memory situated in time and place), she examines how associative and strategic components of memory regulate its functioning and plasticity across different life periods. With the notion that cognitive development is embedded within context and influenced by individuals' experiences, she has an ongoing interest in understanding how environmental factors, such as formal school entry and stress-related social disadvantage, may impact cognitive and brain development. Her work is funded by the German Research Foundation, Jacobs Foundation, and Max Planck Society.