UC Psychology, Speech and Hearing

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17/01/2024

Summer is still in full swing, and we are getting ready for Semester 1! We couldn't 'bee' any more excited for 2024!

01/12/2023

We are super excited to be offering the Bachelor of Psychological Science (BPsycSc) from 2024.

This degree will build foundational skills in psychological research and practice to prepare you for a career within scientific, healthcare, legal, or social sectors and beyond.

Whether you're a new student or already enrolled; on campus or distance, read more here and enrol in the BPsycSc now!

Study Psychology YOUR WAY!
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23/11/2023

An interesting read from our own Dr Andy Vonasch!

How far would you go to protect your reputation? Dr Andrew Vonasch, from UC’s School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing has won a UC Early and Emerging Career Researcher Award for his work, which includes studies into what ordinary people are willing to do to protect themselves from the court of public opinion.

“From the social animal perspective, people should be highly protective of their reputations, because your reputation is a key unlocking access to the fruits of society,” Dr Vonasch says.

Read more here: https://brnw.ch/21wEGBa

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Christchurch man with cleft lip and palate fighting to improve services 12/11/2023

Kenny Ardouin was just 12 when he was told he’d never be any good at public speaking because of his cleft lip and palate. But after years of speech language therapy, and working as a speech language therapist himself, Ardouin is a lecturer and PhD candidate at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha University of Canterbury (UC)’s School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing.

Ka Pai Kenny!

Christchurch man with cleft lip and palate fighting to improve services Kenny Ardouin was born with a cleft lip and palate and is researching how to improve the lives of others born with the condition.

Photos from UC Psychology, Speech and Hearing's post 02/11/2023

Our APSY Research Showcase proved to be a very insightful afternoon and great display of hard work.

Ka Pai!

02/11/2023

Our APSY student presentations this afternoon are really I/O-pening!!

30/10/2023

We all know the scariest thing about this week will be exams, but make sure you treat yourself to something sweet and take a break too 🎃 👻 🍬 🍫

Photos from UC Psychology, Speech and Hearing's post 20/10/2023

Happy Last day of Classes to all and Congrats to all our MSLP's!

| Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari kē he toa takitini |
| My success should not be bestowed onto me alone, it was not individual success but the success of a collective |

Photos from UC Psychology, Speech and Hearing's post 17/10/2023

Thank you to our PSYC470 students for a wonderful display of your hard work.

It was great to see, chat and learn about what you had been researching.

| He whakamataku! Pai te mahi! | Keep up the good work! |

Variable cardiac responses in rhesus macaque monkeys after discrete mediodorsal thalamus manipulations - Scientific Reports 09/10/2023

SPSHs Anna Mitchell has worked hard in a collaborative effort with Juan Carlos Mendez, Brook Perry, Elsie Premereur, Vassilis Pelekanos and Tamara Ramadan to publish their latest research in "Variable cardiac responses in rhesus macaque monkeys after discrete mediodorsal thalamus manipulations". Got your mind and heart racing too? Read more below.

Variable cardiac responses in rhesus macaque monkeys after discrete mediodorsal thalamus manipulations - Scientific Reports The control of some physiological parameters, such as the heart rate, is known to have a role in cognitive and emotional processes. Cardiac changes are also linked to mental health issues and neurodegeneration. Thus, it is not surprising that many of the brain structures typically associated with co...

Long-term causal effects of far-right terrorism in New Zealand 13/09/2023

New publication by SPSH adjunct, Joseph Bulbulia; and SPSH staff, Usman Afzali and Kumar Yogeeswaran, in collaboration with Chris Sibley (University of Auckland) under the New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study. This research disrupts conventional wisdom by showing that violent actions, aimed at dividing society and alienating targeted communities, may instead cultivate enduring acceptance. The Issue After the devastating terrorist attacks on 15 March 2019 in Christchurch, public acceptance of the Muslim community increased. The pressing question: is this effect transient or enduring? The Approach Six years of pre-attack longitudinal data were leveraged to simulate a counterfactual scenario: how would public opinion have evolved if the attacks had not occurred? This was then contrasted with observed data three years post-attack. The Innovation This novel methodological framework uses longitudinal data to isolate causal effects, a significant advancement in this area. Findings An immediate increase in warmth toward Muslims was observed across the political spectrum, which then stabilised. Notably, political conservatives, the intended target audience of the extremist, not only showed increased warmth but maintained it, signalling enduring effects. The Impact Contrary to the extremist’s goals of inciting animosity, the attacks backfired, fostering long-term acceptance, particularly among conservatives. This research contributes to understanding how social dynamics are influenced in the wake of violent actions and offers hope for our fragile democracies.

Long-term causal effects of far-right terrorism in New Zealand Abstract. The Christchurch mosque attacks in 2019, committed by a radical right-wing extremist, resulted in the tragic loss of 51 lives. Following these events,

18/07/2023

The wrapping and scaffolding has been removed, and Ann Ballin is looking great in the early morning winter sun! We are looking forward to showing off our fully refurbished building later this year.

Why are animal studies important in neuroscience research? 26/06/2023

Why are animal studies important in neuroscience research? Check out this animation, made with contribution from Associate Professor Anna Mitchell & team!

Why are animal studies important in neuroscience research? The human brain is extremely complex. Performing even simple actions requires a large amount of brain power. One of the most informative ways for us to under...

Dr Spider appears on More Fm - The UC Science Blog 11/06/2023

Dr Spider appears on More Fm - The UC Science Blog Dr. Spider, aka Fiona Cross, made an appearance on More FM, opening up about her journey into the world of spiders and why you have seen more of them in your home recently 🎙️🕸️ Did you know spiders slow down in colder conditions? She discusses how as the temperature drops, spiders seek ref...

19/05/2023

Free Lunch!!!

We are looking for psychology students to participate in a focus group on Thurs 25 May.

Contact Aimee to confirm your space today
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Choose Science Careers Evening 06/04/2023

Choose Science Careers Evening If you are thinking about studying science at university, but not sure where it can lead, UC’s Choose Science careers evening will help you. Hear from inspiring UC Science graduates, meet our current students and find out about career opportunities in science.

Photos from University of Canterbury's post 06/04/2023

Congratulations to all of our Psychology, Speech and Hearing graduates!

Study uses VR to explore our spatial intuition 23/02/2023

A UC research team, led by Professor Randolph Grace and Emeritus Professor Simon Kemp, has received Te Pūtea Rangahau a Marsden funding to test whether a kind of intuitive mathematics is fundamental to perception and how we navigate. The concept will be tested in UC’s HIT Lab NZ, where in some planned experiments participants will fly through a 3D virtual environment in a VR ball.

Study uses VR to explore our spatial intuition You might not think you’re good with numbers, but University of Canterbury researchers believe people use instinctive mathematical knowledge to ...

Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Psychology teaching Research Methods and Statistics - University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha 31/01/2023

Opportunity alert at UC School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing!

We are looking for someone in to join us as Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Research Methods & Statistics in Psychology. More information here: https://jobs.canterbury.ac.nz/jobdetails/ajid/8Tup8/Lecturer-Senior-Lecturer-in-Psychology-teaching-Research-Methods-and-Statistics,13126

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Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Psychology teaching Research Methods and Statistics - University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha Te Kura Mahi ā-Hirikapo | School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing Te Kaupeka Pūtaiao | Faculty of ScienceLocated in Christchurch, New Zealand

Postgraduate study in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy 22/11/2022

Are you a registered allied health professional or practitioner wanting to make a real difference to the mental health and wellbeing of our communities?

Applications for the February 2023 intake of the Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (PGDipCBT) close on 30 November 2022.

Postgraduate study in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Postgraduate study in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), or talking-based therapy, can enable you to make a real difference to the mental health and wellbeing of our communities.

20/11/2022

Mātai Hinengaro | Clinical Psychology at UC is turning 60! We are looking forward to celebrating with graduates and friends of our programme.

When: Friday 25 November 2022, 5pm-8pm
Where: Bentleys Lounge, Haere-roa, 90 Ilam Road, Christchurch
What: Come join us for a celebration of this mileson including a welcome, key speakers representing our past and present, a complimentary drink, canapes, and good conversation.

Please let us know you would like to attend and your connection to the Clinical Psychology programme by email to [email protected] no later than 24 November 2022.

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