Leading researcher wins Innovation Medal

1 August 2014 A leading New Zealand communication disorders researcher who has improved the quality of life of patients has won the University of Canterbury's Innovation Medal for 2014. (read article)

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Professor Garth Fletcher (School of Psychology, Victoria University, Wellington)

“Pair-bonding, romantic love, and evolution: The curious case of Homo sapiens” (flyer, 59 KB, pdf)

WHEN: Wednesday 6th August, 4.00-5.00pm

WHERE: Room 252, Psychology/Sociology Building


‘We need curious, intelligent, passionate and lateral thinkers in this field...’

Dr Julia Rucklidge Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
(read profile)


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

William 'Deak' Helton's research

Psychology Department's Earthquake Research

Canterbury Child Development Research Group

Pre-term babies risk intellectual difficulties (The New Zealand Herald, 24 April 2013)


College of Science Research and Innovation Awards

Many congratulations to members of the Psychology Department in achieving the Research Team Award. They are Professor Neville Blampied, Associate Professor Martin Dorahy, Professor Deak Helton, Professor Simon Kemp, Dr Roeline Kuijer and Professor Julia Rucklidge.

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