My NZ Fabians Society Seminar: Broaden and Build – Key elements for an effective mental health system in Aotearoa New Zealand
How to talk about Manchester, London Bridge (and other terror attacks)
On Friday 21 July, I gave an invited seminar to the NZ Fabians Society in Wellington. It was entitled, “Broaden and Build – Key elements for an effective mental health system in Aotearoa New Zealand”. Amongst other issues, in this discussion I provided reminders of the importance of exposure to unfavourable social, economic and environmental […]
How to tell the difference between fact and fiction on a ‘post-truth’ internet
Photo: AFP I’ve been asked by a few people about how to talk about the terrible bombing attack in Manchester yesterday, especially with children and young people. Or even whether to talk about it at all. And now there is London Bridge too, just a few days later. People are also wondering how they themselves should […]
Sleep paralysis – more common than you might think
“Right now we have a health hazard to democratic functioning.” Those are the words of Professor Sam Wineberg of the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University in the United States, my guest on this edition of The Psychology Report. Professor Weinberg and his colleagues have been looking at the sorts of errors that we […]
How do emojis change our communication?
In this week’s Psychology Report, I talked with Associate Professor Dr Brian Sharpless of the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Northern Virginia, USA. Brian is interested in unusual disorders, and for this show, we are talking about sleep paralysis. Brian has been interested in the phenomenon of sleep paralysis for some time and […]
What creeps us out?
In this Psychology Report, I talked with Dr Michael Philipp of Massey University School of Psychology here in New Zealand. Michael and his students are interested in how emoji and emoticons are used in computer based communication – so, those emails tweets and Facebook posts – that kind of thing. I start by asking Michael […]
Quality of relationships matters for fathers and their children’s development
SJ: In this Psychology Report, I talk with Professor Frank McAndrew at Knox College in Illinois, USA, and we get into the concept of creepy and how he studied it in this paper. Now, creepy is a phrase you may have been hearing a lot more over the last two or three years, and often […]
What effect could climate change have on human aggression?
In this Psychology Report, I talk with Associate Professor Claire Vallotton from the Department of Human Development and Family Studies and Michigan State University in the USA, about father’s parenting stress and its relationship to cognitive and language development in toddlers. This interview is based on the findings of this paper, and you can listen […]
Kindness in disaster management: more important than ever
In this Psychology Report, I talk with Dr Matt Williams from the School of Psychology at Massey University in New Zealand about the possible link between climate change and violence levels, based on this paper. You can listen to the original podcast here, as well as reading our conversation below. Sarb Johal: In this first […]
Input into Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor Briefing note
On this anniversary of the Feb 22 Canterbury quake, many are reflecting on their lives over the past 6 years. The earthquakes are not the only challenge that many have had to face. As well as issues with land, homes, insurance, work displacement, travel and transport snags over a long period of time, many have […]
Proud to have our input acknowledged in this briefing note from the PM’s Chief Science Advisor on psychosocial consequences of the Kaikoura earthquakes – published today