Yishu Qin

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Supervisor of Master's Candidates  



Lecturer in Psychology and Education




Office Hour

Tuesday 14:00 - 15:00


PhD (University of Cambridge) Supervisor: Dr Sara Baker

Mphil (University of Cambridge) 

BA (Beijing Normal University) 

Erasmus exchange scholar (Ludwig-Maximilian Universität, München) Supervisor: Prof Kurt Heller



Yishu’s research interests are based on education and psychology. She studied for her BA in Education at Beijing Normal University while exchanged to the Master’s programme of Learning Sciences (http://www.en.mcls.lmu.de/study_programs/master/index.html) at the Ludwig-Maximilian Universität, Munich in 2011-2012. Yishu then gained her Mphil and PhD at the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education, Psychology, Education and Learning Sciences group, supervised by Dr Sara Baker http://www.educ.cam.ac.uk/people/staff/baker/).



Yishu’s research aims to improve adolescents and young adults’ lives by exploring factors that can support their learning and development. Her PhD work aimed to increase women’s representation in STEM fields by identifying people’s implicit biases towards scientists, biases that may hinder women from pursuing STEM careers. Yishu developed and tested instruments that can detect automatic cognitive patterns that are not under the subject’s conscious control. She also conducted large-scale surveys and analysed quantitative datasets to obtain a better understanding of implicit stereotypes and their potential influence on human behaviours. 


She uses implicit association test, survey and interview and works with teachers in school to translate research from psychology into educational contexts. How can unconsicous and conscious biases affect students' learning? What role does empathy play in students school life? What strategies do students use to meet life challenges and stay positive, and how can teachers and parents support this? Later in development, what are the key factors during adolescence that has a lasting effect on adults’ well-being. Yishu’s projects addressing questions like these are funded by Yangzhou University Top Tier Scholar Grant.



Undergraduate Course: Children’s Learning and Development (Language: Chinese )

Masters Course: Academic English for Psychology (Language: English)

Prospective Students

Yishu welcomes queries from prospective Master students before they officially apply to our programmes. Prospective students are encouraged to consider the research themes outlined above before making contact. Students with statistical and programming skills training background are very welcome.


Conference Talks

Jiangsu Province Psychological Society Annual Conference

       Presented my project Testing Empathising-Systemising Theories among  Chinese Adolescents Nanjing, Oct, 2020


British Psychological Society Annual Conference

Ÿ  Presented my PhD project Stereotypes of empathy in scientists vary by gender and subject major among UK university students                        Oxford, Sept, 2018

Cambridge University Psychology & Education End-of-Year Symposium                                                                          

Ÿ  Presented my project methodology Investigating underlying beliefs: Developing the Science-Empathy implicit association test                              Cambridge, June, 2017

Chinese Education Research Association Conference

Ÿ  Presented my masters project the Associations between Theory of Mind, Systemising, Gender and Subject Choice among young adults                   London, June, 2015                                                                    




Qin, Y. (2019). Developing an Implicit Association Test to Explore Implicit and Explici Stereotypes of Empathy in Scientists among University Students in England (Doctoral thesis). https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.39610


Educational Experience

  • 剑桥大学
  • 哲学
  • Master's Degree in Philosophy
  • With Certificate of Graduation for Study as Master's Candidates

2009.9 2013.7

  • 北京师范大学
  • 教育学
  • Bachelor's Degree in Education
  • University graduated

2014.10 2019.7

  • 剑桥大学
  • 哲学
  • Doctoral Degree in Philosophy
  • With Certificate of Graduation for Doctorate Study

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