Dr Kumar Yogeeswaran

Dr Kumar Yogeeswaran


Senior Lecturer

Recent Media/Research Recognition

"Baxter - the friendly robot" - UC science research (TV3 News, 6/8/15)

University of Canterbury psychology researchers (Deak Helton and Kumar Yogeeswaran) are working with a revolutionary Baxter robot to understand human-robot interaction such as trust, cooperation, social behaviour, aggression and moral decision-making. (Read more)


PhD (University of Massachusetts – Amherst, USA)
MSc (University of Massachusetts – Amherst, USA)
BA with Honours (Ithaca College, USA)



Contact Details

Phone: +64 3 364 2964
Internal Phone: 6964

Email: kumar.yogeeswaran@canterbury.ac.nz

Postal address:
Department of Psychology
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
New Zealand

Undergraduate Courses

PSYC 332: Social Psychology - Course Coordinator

Postgraduate Courses

PSYC 466: Special Topic: The Psychology of Inter-Group Relations - Course Coordinator

Research Interests

At the broadest level, my primary research lies in the realm of intergroup relations. This interest is fueled by the desire to understand how people’s membership in particular groups (e.g. ethnic, gender, or national groups) shape their attitudes, stereotypes, and behaviours toward others as well as their own self-conceptions. Much of my primary work examines the complexities and challenges of achieving national unity in societies comprised of diverse cultural groups. This research also explores the underlying psychological processes that may create intergroup conflict, while also identifying strategies that reduce intergroup conflict in the nation.

As a secondary interest, I have several programs of research that bridge interdisciplinary fields by applying social psychological science to other areas such as law, politics, communication, and robotics.

Personal website with further research information and postgraduate supervision

Publications and UC Research Profile