Dr. WONG Terry Tin-Yau
Assistant Professor

terry wong

Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, HKU
B.Soc.Sc. in Psychology, CUHK (first-class honor)

Office: 6.25
Phone: (852) 3917-4875
Email: terrytyw@hku.hk
Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Tin_Yau_Wong
Research Lab: https://hkupsycdlab.wixsite.com/cogdevlab
Consultation hour: Wed 4-5 p.m.


Mathematical cognition
Children with learning disabilities
Cognitive development
Reasoning skills
Science learning

1. Liu, Y., & Wong, T. T.-Y.* (Accepted). Dot enumeration predicts mathematics achievement in a 5-year longitudinal study. British Journal of Educational Psychology.

2. Chan, W. W.-L., & Wong, T. T.-Y.* (In press). Subtypes of Mathematical Difficulties and their Stability. Journal of Educational Psychology.

3. Wong, T. T.-Y. (In press). The roles of place value understanding and ratio processing system on fraction and decimal magnitude representations. British Journal of Educational Psychology.

4. Chan, W. W.-L., & Wong, T. T.-Y.* (In press). Visuospatial pathways to mathematical achievement. Learning and Instruction, 62, 11-19.

5. Wong, T. T.-Y., & Chan, W. W.-L. (2019). Identifying children with persistent low math achievement throughout elementary school years: The role of number-magnitude mapping and symbolic numerical processing. Learning and Instruction, 60, 29-40. 

6. Tam, Y. P., Wong, T. T.-Y., & Chan, W. W.-L. (2019). The relation between spatial skills and mathematical abilities: The mediating role of mental number line representation. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 56, 14-24.

7. Wong, T. T.-Y. (2018). Is conditional reasoning related to mathematical problem solving? Developmental Science, 21, e12644.

8. Liu, Y., Sun, H., Lin, D., Li, H., Yeung, S.-S., & Wong, T.-Y. (2018). The unique role of executive function skills in predicting Hong Kong kindergarteners’ reading comprehension. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 88, 628-644.

9. Wong, T. T.-Y. (2017). The unique and shared contributions of arithmetic operation understanding and numerical magnitude representation to children’s mathematics achievement. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 164, 68-86.

10. Wong, T. T.-Y., Ho, C. S.-H. (2017). Component processes in arithmetic word problem solving and their correlates. Journal of Educational Psychology, 109, 520-531.

11. Wong, T. T.-Y., Ho, C. S.-H., & Tang, J. (2017). Defective number sense or impaired access? Differential impairment in different subgroups of children with mathematics difficulties. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 50, 49-61.

12. Wong, T. T.-Y., Ho, C. S.-H., & Tang, J. (2016). The relation between ANS and symbolic arithmetic skills: The mediating role of number-numerosity mappings. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 46, 208-217.

13. Chan, W. W. L., & Wong, T. T.-Y. (2016). The underlying number-space mapping among kindergarteners and its relation with early numerical abilities. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 148, 35-50.

14. Wong, T. T.-Y., Ho, C. S.-H., & Tang, J. (2016). Consistency of Response Patterns in Different Estimation Tasks. Journal of Cognition and Development, 17, 526-547.

15. Wong, T. T.-Y., Ho, C. S.-H., & Tang, J. (2014). Identification of children with mathematics learning disabilities (MLD) using latent class growth analysis. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 35, 2906-2920.

Cognitive Development Laboratory

Our lab examines how children and adults process numbers as well as the cognitive factors that are related to solving mathematical problems (e.g., working memory, executive functions, attention). We are also interested in investigating the cognitive profiles of children with learning disabilities as well as the educational interventions that may be beneficial to this group of children.
Besides mathematical cognition, our lab also works on general cognitive development, including but not limited to general reasoning, scientific reasoning and moral reasoning. 

Our lab is currently working on several research project related to the topic of mathematical cognition:

1. Comorbidity between reading and mathematics difficulties: Prevalence and nature of comorbidity
2. Development of a locally standardized assessment tool for identifying children with mathematics learning disabilities
3. Is 7 – 3 Equal to 3 – 7? Children's understanding of arithmetic principles and its relation with mathematics learning
4. The role of different reasoning ability in learning science

Intern duties:
Interns are expected to participate in regular lab meetings as well as to help out in the data collection processing at the end of the semesters (Dec 2019 to Jan 2020, Jun 2020 to Aug 2020). Rigorous research training will be provided to the research interns.

Intern selection:
Strong commitment and motivation
Mature and responsible
Good interpersonal skills
Academic excellence
Fluent in spoken and written Chinese (Cantonese) and English

Interested students should send an updated CV, transcript, and personal statement to Dr. Terry Wong (terrytyw@hku.hk).