Study to help children with ADHD
4 August 2014 A UC PhD student is investigating micronutrients to see if they can help children with ADHD, and improve their social skills and cognitive functions. (read article)
Psychology Department Seminars have finished for the year.
2015 Master of Science in Applied Psychology
Applications close on 30 November 2014! More information can be found here.
Thinking about Postgraduate Study in Psychology in 2015?
If you are thinking about continuing on to 400-level Psychology or commencing a thesis in 2015, we recently had seminars that covered some of the information you might need. Dr Anthony McLean presented the seminar on 2015 Graduate Opportunities Seminar 6 slides per page (pdf-776KB) and Professor Neville Blampied presented the seminar on Getting Started on a Thesis 6 slides per page (pdf-270KB)
Our Changing World
Recent research conducted by Professor Deak Helton and MSc Applied Psychology student, Alex Woodham, on Google Glass in Emergency Situations - a link to an interview on Radio New Zealand (Our Changing World) can be found at the end of the News article. (Refer also to Marsden Funding details below)
Visual displays, such as Google Glass or the Recon Jet, are one way to provide information in situations like search and rescue, law enforcement, or firefighting operations, but the question is, how will these new technologies impact on performance? (20 November 2014)
Marsden Funding - "Canterbury University gets funding to develop user-friendly wearable computers"
Two University of Canterbury researchers have received $870,000 in Marsden funding over three years to research how engineering and psychology could combine to make wearable computer systems easier to use. HIT Lab NZ Director Professor Mark Billinghurst and Psychology Department's Professor Deak Helton have been working since early this year on using cognitive psychology techniques to model the user and the wearable computer as a single system. The New Zealand Herald (5 Nov); NBR (4 Nov); UoC Communications (4 Nov)
Takitaki mai: A guide to Motivational Interviewing for Māori
Dr Eileen Britt, in collaboration with Daryl Gregory, Tohi Tohiariki, and Terry Huriwai, has developed Takitaki mai: A guide to Motivational Interviewing for Māori, as a resource for Māori seeking to learn Motivational Interviewing. The guide has been made freely available through Te Pou and Matua Raki websites. Takitaki mai comes from the phrase ‘ka takitaki mai te ata’ which speaks to the harbingers of morning’s arrival. The art and science of the motivational practitioner is to pick up and enhance the glimmer of new dawns. Takitaki mai (pdf document, 12.83MG)
Health Research Council of New Zealand - 2014 Funding Round
Emerging Researcher First Grant: Dr Jacki Henderson, Academic Staff, Psychology Department
Health Research Council of NZ - Neurodevelopmental outcomes of children exposed to methadone during pregnancy
NZ Herald article - 2 October 2014 (scroll down)
Research into the development of personal robots
A group of University of Canterbury students are developing a personal robot with the aim of bringing robotics to people to improve quality of life. Psychology PhD student Kyle Wilson, Physics and Finance graduate Owen Flanagan and Electrical Engineering graduate Luke Schwartfeger are the co-founders of the SelfieBot company and its first personal robot. Read more
Investigating the impact of brain protein
University of Canterbury researchers are investigating a brain protein which may impact on the memory of people with Alzheimer’s disease. Memory problems are common in many diseases of the brain and they are the hallmark of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. More than 48,000 New Zealanders had dementia in 2011 and the number is expected to triple by 2050. The financial cost of treating dementia in New Zealand in 2011 was $954 million. University of Canterbury Psychology PhD researcher Susan Rapley says there is no effective treatment for memory loss for those with Alzheimer’s. Read more
Mental Health and Nutrition Research Group
- New treatment may help ADHD sufferers (news.com.au, 29 January 2014)
- Nutrients could help ADHD - study (3news.co.nz, 30 January 2014)
- Mental Health and Nutrition Research Group
Employee Resilience Research
This research group comprises of a team of researchers from Psychology as well as Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship, the Employee Resilience Research group combines qualitative and quantitative methodologies to investigate and understand resilience from the standpoint of the employee, and of the organisation at large. Employee Resilience Research