Postgraduate Students - Psychology - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Recently Awarded Masters Students

2011 - 2015

Copies of the following Masters theses (and older theses) can be located in the University's Central Library.

MSc Thesis

Aberhart, Caitlin: “Inhibitory deficits in rumination: A negative priming experiment”
Bedi, Aman: “The effects of response probability in commission errors in high go low no-go dual response versions of the
Sustained Attention to Response Task (SART)”
Bishop, Alana: "Patients preferences for shared decision making: associations with demographic variables, personality characteristics and characteristics of the health condition"
Brett, Frances: "Effects of spatial visual cue proximity and thalamic lesions on performance of rats on a cheeseboard maze task"
Carter, Leonie: "Is SART a valid measure of lapses of attention or is it a measure of response inhibition? Comparing SART with TFT"
Castaneda Caastellanos, Paola: “Exploring the relationship between chocolate cake-related guilt, eating, and individual differences”
Collins, Michelle: “Effectiveness of cannabidiol in reducing ketamine-induced schizophrenia-like behaviour in both male and female rats”
Cotter, Rachel: "Trace amine associated receptors: A new target for medications in drug addiction"
Coullie, Charis: "Adult psychiatric and offending outcomes of paediatric mild traumatic brain injury: A longitudinal study"
Daniel, Jollee: "Adolescent methylone exposure and its effects on behavioural development in adulthood"
Dassanayake, Ashlea: "Dual dopamine/serotonin treatment approach for addictive behaviour"
Davey, Michelle: "An evaluation of the pre-treatment motivational groups run by the South Island Eating Disorders Service"
Davies, Karen: “Mental health diagnoses in persons with an intellectual disability: How health practitioners overcome
the challenges”

Dear, Emma: "Evaluating motivational interviewing measures of knowledge and skill using training outcome data"
Donaldson, Simon: “The impact of repeated earthquakes on the cognition of Canterbury’s elderly population”
Dymond, Sarah: “Effects of a multinutrient supplement on anxiety, aggression and impulsivity in a normal rat population”

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Edlin, Shaun: “Methylene Blue, spatial memory and anterior thalamic lesions relevant to amnesic disorders”
Fletcher, Joseph: "Just world responses toward child victims of physical and sexual abuse"
Gaffikin, Violet: “The effects of money priming on support of government programmes”
Gilmour, Lucy: "An investigation into the Fantasy Proneness Construct"
Goh, Jeremy: "Parkinson's Disease - Structural integrity of four cognitive networks"
Gray, Vanessas: "Chronic use of three types of antidepressants and their effects on memory and anxiety in male and female rats"
Grenfell, Sophie: "Autobiographical memory and the default mode network in mild cognitive impairment”
Grimm, Carsten: "Well-being in its natural habitat: Orientations to happiness and the experience of everyday activities"
Hamilton, Jennifer: “Deep brain stimulation of the nucleus accumbens for treatment of cocaine addiction”
Haq, Sahina: “Lesions of the dorsal medial hippocampus induce different forms of repetitive behaviour in the rat”
Harris, Amy: "Examination of micronutrients for children: Their composition, the role they play in psychological well-being and parents' motivations for purchasing"
Harrison, Rachel: “Micronutrient treatment for adolescents with severe mood dysregulation”
Havell, Esma: "Predictging psychological responses after the February 22nd Christchurch earthquake: Peritraumatic dissociation, posttraumatic stress symptoms, anxiety depression, and social isolation"
Hooper, Ashleigh: "Dissociation, perceptual processing and conceptual processing in survivors of the Christchurch earthquakes 2011"
Hubbard, Greg: "“Why we should expect success: The impact of priming self -expectancy on academic performance”.
Huang, Judy: “Inhibition-based fan effect in children engaged in letter and colour blob faker tests”.

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Kant, Patricia: “The number race: An efficacy study of an adaptive software in 5– to 7-year-old New Zealand children with low numeracy”
Kay, Ellie: “Social facilitation in national basketball teams”
Kleinbichler, Jaimee: "The type and frequency of metacognitions in women dieting, not dieting and with Anorexia Nervosa"
Knox, Andrew: "The effects of cooling the head to reduce brain temperature on stress"
Kolyaduke, Olya: "Long term effects of MDMS administration in rats during early and late adolescence"
Lang, Charlene: “The relationship between depressive symptoms, rumination, and sensitivity to emotion specified in facial expressions”
Lean, Rachel: "The mental health outcomes of children born to methadone dependent mothers: The role of out-of-home care at age 4.5 years"
Le Page, Carol: “A theoretical investigation of the psychoanalytic process—working through”
Lothian, Joanna: “A pilot investigation into the effect of a micronutrient supplement on symptoms of insomnia in an adult population”
Maguire, James: “Using video self-modelling to improve the reading attitudes of students with Dyslexia”
Madrzejewska, Kasia: “Disagreement in the reporting of depressive symptoms between psychogeriatric patients and their family informants”
Mann, Nicholas: “Similarities and differences between interpartner abuse and criminal offending: An examination of later structure and predictors”
McKendry, Hadyn: “Eye gaze diversion and dissociation in internal and external shame: A script-driven procedure”
Mercer, Stephanie: “Enrichment facilitates recovery of spatial memory but not retrosplenial immediate gene hypoactivation after anterior thalamic lesions”
Montgomery-Honger, Argene: "Parental stress following the birth of a very preterm infant admitted to a neonatal intensive care unit: Maternal, paternal and staff perceptions of stress"
Moore, Lucy: "A comparison of offence history and postrelease outcomes for sexual offenders against children in New Zealand who attended or did not attend the Kia Marama Special Treatment Unit"
Moss, Hannah: “Body dissatisfaction in adolescents with eating disorders: Associations with maladaptive perfectionism and anxiety”
Muir, Karin: "A comparison of the recognition of facial emotion in women of low body weight, both with and without Anorexia Nervosa"
Muller, Jonathan: "Analysis of Kiwisaver and investment fund choice behaviour"
Naismith-Thomass, Phoebe: "Effects of dietary micronutrient supplantation on the development of emotionality and anxiety in a normal rat population"
Neame, Margo: "Process of health behaviour change: Is Change Talk associated with diabetes outcome? A pilot study of Motivational Interviewing"

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O'Leary, James: "The role of the dentate gyrus and adult neurogenesis in hippocampal-basal ganglia associated behaviour"
Otto, Maria: “Sex differences in the ageing rat: The effect of caffeine and glucose, along and combined, on olfactory memory”
Peck, Rowan: "Detachment versus compartmentalisation: Priming and intrusion levels for listening to an anxiety—Arousing Auditory Re- port”
Perry, Brook: "Unimpaired spatial working memory following mammillothalamic damage in rats: Implications for the neuroanatomy of memory"
Pick, Christina: "The association between alexithymia, impulsivity and negative affect in emotional and external eating”
Rapley, Susan: "Investigation of C-type natgriuretic peptide in the intact rat brain under formal and informal learning conditions"Richardson, Michael: “Blood-cement: Does liking for and compliance to authority increase after killing?”
Ritchie, Kirsten: “The mental health and parenting practices of recently separated parents”
Robinson, Timothy: "Cool, calm and collected: The buffering effect of head cooling on stress"
Ross, Hayden: "The effect of disruptions on vigilance”
Rowlands, Amy: "Investigating the relationship between depression and psychosocial factors after the Canterbury 2011 earthquakes in New Zealand"
Scrimgeour, Laura: "Digital persuasion: Effects of web-based information and beliefs on meat consumption attitudes and intentions"
Stevens, Christopher: “Child sexual offender’s recognition of facial affect: Are offenders less sensitive to emotions in children?”
Stringer, Jamie:
“The effect of prenatal methadone exposure on child adaptive behaviour and its association with caregivers parenting and general everyday stress”
Tarr, Katherine:
"Mathematical achievement at age nine years of children born very pre-term"
Urmson, Kayleigh: "Asking for help after a natural disaster: Does socio-economic status play a part"
Uthamaputhiran, Vineetha: “The MoCa and ADL items separate mild cognitive impairment and dementia in Parkinson’s Disease”
Wang, Tim: "Fonts and fluency: The effects of type face familiarity, appropriateness and personality on reader judgements"
Wilson, Octavia: “Predictors of primary caregiving for young children among New Zealand fathers”
Wilson, Shannae: "Effects of sleep-state organisation of a behavioural intervention for Infant Sleep Disturbance"
Woolhouse, Rachel: "Women in prison with traumatic brain injury (TBI): Prevalence, mechanism and impact on mental
health”
Young, Bob: "Experimental neuropsychological tests of feature ambiguity, attention and structural learning: Associates with white matter microstructural integrity in elderly with amnesic and vascular mild cognitive impairment"

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MA Thesis

Berliner, Angela: “A history of Psychology in New Zealand: Early beginnings 1869—1929"
Blakely, Megan: "Born to run: Cognitive effects of trail running"
Borlase, Megan: "The effects of picture and work presentations on recognition and memory accuracy in Autism Spectrum Disorder"
Buckley, Russell: "“Sustained attention lapses and behavioural microsleeps during tracking, psychomotor vigilance, and dual tasks”
Carson, Rosemary: “Adolescent cyberbullying in New Zealand and the implications of parenting styles”
Cepe, Milesa: “The effect of Facebook use, selfdiscipline and parenting styles on the academic achievement of high school and university students”
Clarke, Amy: "Effects of feeding method on infant sleep consolidation across 12 months"
Crerar, Andrew: "The price of free education: An investigation into the voluntary donation funding system in New Zealand state schools"
Desmond, Catherine: "Generalisation of the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) across transfer facilitated and non-facilitated settings"
Jones, Ann: "Parkinson’s Disease, cognitive status and caregiver outcomes”
Kioa, Lucy: "“The proportion of youth offenders who receive an additional conviction at a five year follow -up: Testing and developing an actuarial risk model for predicting long term recidivism”
Lee, Samantha: "The school readiness of children born to mothers maintained on methadone during pregnancy"
Li, Tatiana: “The effects of video technology on parent-implemented functional analysis”
Marie, Leila: “The effect of the Canterbury Earthquake on alcohol consumption”
Neff, Andrea: "Cyberbullying on Facebook: Group composition and effects of content exposure on bystander state hostility”
O'Donoghue, Mary: “Social worker identification of attachment in an ultra high risk cohort”

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Panich, Wendy: "Family and personality factors in juvenile delinquency"
Perniskie, Ellie: “Comparison of a virtual-reality test of executive function with standard executive function tests and their ecological validity”
Qiu, Peter: "Dissociation of positive and negative priming effects between more and less proficient Chinese-English bilinguals"Renouf, Charlotte: "Do the physical effects of ongoing adversity in a natural context accumulate or lessen over time? The case of the Canterbury earthquakes"
Robson, Cathy: "Effects of feedforward video self-modeling on reading fluency and comprehension"
Scott, Amber: "Shame, dissociation and cognition: An experimental investigation”
Shephard, Sonia: "The sociocultural model of eating disorders in New Zealand women: Family food-related experiences and self-compassion as moderators"
Snelson, stephanie: "Online anxiety treatment programs: Assessment of acceptability to consumers"
Sole, Ellen: “A pilot investigation into the effect of micronutrients on anxiety and stress in Canterbury children: A multiple baseline design”
Tang, Qing: “Acceptability of alternative treatments for problematic gambling”
Taylor, Olivia: "Rehabilitative input and support received by older adults following a mild traumatic brain injury event"
Wang, Grace: "What drivers memory-based attentional capture? An investigation on category-based working memory guidance of visual attention"
Wilkinson, Ryan: “Effect of glucose on the suppression and postsuppression rebound of stereotypes”
Woo, Tak: "Cycling to work: An integrated approach to human decision making"

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