Positive thoughts potentially dangerous

14 July 2015 Positive images of the Christchurch recovery are a "time travel dream machine", but more distracting than negative ones, according to UC research findings. (read article)

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NZPsS Ballin Award

Congratulations to Professor Julia Rucklidge who was awarded the NZPsS Ballin Award at the NZPsS Annual Conference held in Hamilton recently. This award honours Dame Ann Ballin, ONZ, DBE clinical psychologist and first woman President of the NZPsS who received the DBE for a lifelong contribution to advocacy on behalf of people with disabilities.  The Ballin Award is awarded to a Member/Fellow of the Society who is deemed to have made a notably significant contribution to the development or enhancement of clinical psychology in the Aotearoa/New Zealand context through, original research; dissemination of research and/or best practice; the sustained exemplary or innovative practice of clinical psychology; or through professional development, organization, supervision and/or mentoring of others in the field of clinical psychology.  (1/9/15)

Positive thoughts potentially dangerous

(CTV 17 July 2015)
Positive images of the Christchurch recovery are a "time travel dream machine", but more distracting than negative ones, according to UC research findings. Postgraduate student Nicola Hancock, UC Psychologist Professor Deak Helton and colleagues from UC and industry partner Opus have been examining the effects of the Christchurch recovery on people, and have been surprised by the results. (read article) (July 2015)

Mental Health and Nutrition Research Group

The Mental Health and Nutrition Research Group was the cover story in the NZ Listener back in June. Check the article out the “Pills & Ills” (July 2015)

Computer Information Getting Closer

The university’s psychology experts are collaborating with their human interface technology colleagues to investigate how skills used in daily lives can be made easier or improved by using the in-development Google Glasses. Research is being carried out by Professor Deak Helton and Psychology PhD student Matt Ward, along with the university’s HIT Lab Professor Mark Billinghurst. (15 Jan 2015) more

Lotteries Health Research Scholarship

PhD psychology student Samantha Lee has been awarded a three year $120,000 Lotteries Health Research scholarship to continue researching children born to mothers on methadone during pregnancy. more

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 2014)

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


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