Research areas

View the wide range of research areas in the School of Psychology.

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Brain and Behaviour

This research covers overlapping areas of basic cognitive and behavioural processes as well as the neuroanatomical and neurochemcial processes underlying them.

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Clinical Psychology

Clinical Psychology involves the diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders.

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Cognitive Psychology

Cognition refers to all processes by which sensory input is transformed, reduced, elaborated, stored, recovered and used.

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Cross-cultural Psychology

Cross-cultural psychology is the study of the impact of culture on individual- and group-level psychological functioning.

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Developmental Psychology

The Developmental Psychology Group studies social and cognitive development across the lifespan.

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Forensic Psychology

The understanding of offending behaviour in areas of prevention, assessment and treatment - within the legal system and through criminal investigations.

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Social Psychology

The study of the effects of social and cognitive processes on the way individuals perceive, influence, understand and relate to others.

Conducting research

The School takes the responsibility of protecting the privacy, safety, health, cultural sensitivities and welfare of research participants seriously. Under the guidance of the University Human Ethics Committee, the School acts to ensure the protection of the interests of research participants and that of the researcher. All research conducted within the School that is of a sensitive nature or that may affect people's privacy, rights and freedoms are reviewed by the School of Psychology Ethics Committee.

The School provides a Māori Research Adviser to provide guidance, advice and support to all staff and postgraduate researchers on:

  • cultural and ethical considerations when researching with Māori participants
  • developing a Māori focus for research
  • useful resources and contacts
  • appropriate research methodology
  • Māori consultation