Dr Chrystalle Tan


School/Department: Psychology, School of

Telephone: +44 (0)116 229 7173



I completed my BA (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and PhD in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Nottingham Malaysia. In 2015, I worked as a Senior Lecturer with the Department of Psychiatric and Psychological Health at Universiti Malaysia Sabah before joining the University of Leicester in 2022.


My research area is in face perception, specifically in exploring the visual strategies and processing styles that observers use to recognize faces and emotions in different ethnic groups. I am also interested in pedagogical research examining best practices that enhance students’ learning experiences.


Chen, H.Y., Chin, K.L., & Tan, C.B.Y. (2021). Selection and validation of emotional videos: Dataset of professional and amateur videos that elicit basic emotions. Data in Brief, 34, Article 106662.

Jones, B.C., DeBruine, L.M., Flake, J.K. et al. (2021). To which world regions does the valence–dominance model of social perception apply? Nature Human Behaviour, 5, 159–169.

Naing, O.T., Shoesmith, W.D., Tan, C.B.Y., Ibrahim, M.Y., & Hussein, S.S. (2020). Geographic accessibility of healthcare services and health seeking behaviours of rural communities in Kudat and Pitas areas of Sabah. Borneo Epidemiology Journal, 1(1), 46-54.

Gould-Fensom, L., Tan, C.B.Y., Brooks, K.R., Mond, J., Stevenson, R.J., & Stephen, I.D. (2019). The Thin White Line: Adaptation Suggests a Common Neural Mechanism for Judgments of Asian and Caucasian Body Size. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, Article 2532.

Shoesmith, W.D., Jalani, K.J., Abdulah, A.C., Loo, J.L., Tan, B.Y., Nordin, N. Giridharan, B., Fyfe, S., & Forman, D. (2019). Validation and adaptation of the Malay version of the Maslach Burnout Inventory. IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, 495, Article 012114.

Suhaimi, N.S., Teo. J., Mountstephens, J., Tan, C.B.Y., & Murthy, K.D. (2019). Classifying Affective States in VR According to Russell’s 4-Quadrant Circumplex Model of Emotions via Wearable EEG and Machine Learning. e-Jurnal Penyelidikan dan Inovasi, 6(1), 43-53.

Stephen, I.D., Salter, D.L.H., Tan, K.W., Tan, C.B.Y., & Stevenson, R. J. (2018). Sexual dimorphism and attractiveness in Asian and White faces. Visual Cognition, 26(6), 442-449.

Suhaimi, N.S., Tan, C.B.Y., Teo. J., & Mountstephens, J. (2018). Modeling the Affective Space of 360 Virtual Reality Videos Based on Arousal and Valence for Wearable EEG-Based VR Emotion Classification. 14th International Colloquium on Signal Processing & its Applications (pp. 167-172). IEEE.

Tan, C.B.Y., Sheppard, E., & Stephen, I.D. (2016). Recognizing dynamic faces in Malaysian Chinese participants. Perception, 45(3), 300-314.

Tan, C.B.Y., Sheppard, E., & Stephen, I.D. (2015). A change in strategy: Static emotion recognition in Malaysian Chinese. Cogent Psychology, 2, Article 1085941.

Tan, C.B.Y., Stephen, I.D., Whitehead, R., & Sheppard, E. (2012). You look familiar: How Malaysian Chinese recognize faces. PLoS ONE, 7(1), Article e29714.


I am interested in projects investigating individual differences in face perception and best practices in higher education. 

Current and previous supervision:

  • The relationship between gene polymorphism, coping mechanism, and emotional state
  • The effect of culture and gene polymorphism on emotion recognition 
  • Emotion classification in virtual reality 


Tan, C.B.Y., Sheppard, E., & Stephen, I.D. (2019, Sep). Do I recognize you? Static and dynamic face recognition [Poster presentation]. 7th Asian Congress of Health Psychology, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.

Tan, C.B.Y., Sheppard, E., & Stephen, I.D. (2018, Jul). What’s on your mind? Cross-cultural emotion recognition [Poster presentation]. 9th Asian Association of Indigenous and Cultural Psychology International Conference, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.

Tan, C.B.Y., Sheppard, E., & Stephen, I.D. (2017, May). Have I seen you before? How Malaysian Chinese recognize dynamic faces [Poster presentation]. 3rd Scientific Research Conference, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.

Tan, C.B.Y., Sheppard, E., & Stephen, I.D. (2016, Apr). Do you know how I’m feeling? Inferring emotional states from nonverbal behaviors [Poster presentation]. 2nd Scientific Research Conference, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.

Tan, C.B.Y., Sheppard, E., & Stephen, I.D. (2015, Feb). Can individuals identify dynamic emotions using nonverbal information? [Oral presentation]. 3rd Cognitive Science Arena, Brixen, Italy.

Tan, C.B.Y., Sheppard, E., & Stephen, I.D. (2013, Nov). Malaysian Chinese facial recognition strategies in static and dynamic stimuli [Oral presentation]. 3rd Malaysian Psychology Conference, Kampar, Malaysia.

Tan, C.B.Y., Sheppard, E., & Stephen, I.D. (2012, Oct). Feeling good? How Malaysian Chinese categorize facial expressions of emotion [Oral presentation]. 2nd Malaysian Psychology Conference, Subang Jaya, Malaysia.

Lee, A.S., Tan, C.B.Y., & Stephen, I.D. (2012, Aug). The role of processing orientation on face perception in Malaysian Chinese [Poster presentation]. 21st Biennial International Conference on Human Ethology, Vienna, Austria.

Tan, C.B.Y., Sheppard, E., & Stephen, I.D. (2011, Oct). You look familiar: How Malaysian Chinese recognize faces [Poster presentation]. 1st Malaysian Psychology Conference, Semenyih, Malaysia.

Tan, C.B.Y. & Xu, Y. (2009, Dec). The relation between temperament and non-social play in Malaysian preschool children [Oral and poster presentation]. UH Fall Forum, Hawaii, US.

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