Michelle YIK 易靄儀
PhD University of British Columbia

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Michelle Yik is a psychologist who joined Division of Social Science in 2002 and served as the acting head during 2011-2013.  Since 2016, she has been serving as the Director of Undergraduate Recruitment and Admissions.  Her research centers on human emotion.  She has published research on the nature of Chinese emotion, facial expressions, the structure of affect, and the interplay between culture and personality. She is the author or co-author of over 40 journal articles and book chapters. 
At HKUST, Michelle teaches Psychology & Everyday Life and Personality Psychology. The everyday life course provides ample opportunity to satisfy her “id” impulses of performing in front of 300 students. The personality course provides a platform on which to utilize her research interests to enrich students' understanding of human behaviors in the Chinese context.  In 2007, Michelle won the Humanities and Social Science Teaching Award; in 2010, she became the medalist for the Michael G Gale Medal for Distinguished Teaching; and in 2011, she was the finalist for the UGC Teaching AwardIn 2018, Michelle started offering an edX course on Psychology of Personal Growth.
Research Interests
  • Structure of Affect
  • Chinese Emotion
  • Ideal Affect
  • Romantic Love
  • Culture and Personality
Representative Publications
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Forthcoming / Work In Progress
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Courses Taught
  • SOSC 1980: Psychology and Everyday Life
  • SOSC 2980: Personality Psychology
  • SSMA 5090: Understanding Personality
  • MALS 5210: Exploring Personality and Social Psychology

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