Psychological insight provides big lessons from little things

Professor Marc Wilson showcases research on how everyday things impact bigger decisions.

Victoria University of Wellington’s Professor of Psychology Marc Wilson is presenting a free, public lecture describing the psychological foundations that are shared by some of our ‘everyday’ behaviours.

The lecture, ‘Some big lessons from little things: Psychology and everyday life’, marks the multi award-winning teacher and researcher’s inaugural lecture as a professor.

During his talk, Professor Wilson will explore what unrelated everyday behaviours such as choosing what to eat or who to vote for, have in common with behaving in ways we know will cause us harm.

He will also discuss his latest research, the Youth Wellbeing Study, in which he and his team are seeking to understand why some people, particularly young people, engage in self-harming behaviour. Professor Wilson and his team are also researching novel interventions to address and reduce this behaviour.

Throughout his career, Professor Wilson has built an international reputation for his research in psychological science, particularly in his specialist areas of applying social psychological theory to social issues such as voting, reality television, paranormal beliefs and national identity.

He is highly regarded as an inspirational and effective teacher and postgraduate supervisor, and has won a string of awards since he began as a lecturer at Victoria in 2003.

Please RSVP as our inaugural lectures are very popular and spaces are limited.

What: ‘Some big lessons from little things’, inaugural lecture by Professor Marc Wilson
6pm, Tuesday 5 September
Where: Lecture Theatre 303 (KK 303), Kirk Building, Kelburn Parade, Victoria University of Wellington
RSVP: email with ‘Wilson’ in the subject line for the link to register, or phone 04-463 7458 by Friday 1 September.

Please note this presentation will include discussion of self-injury and suicide.

For media inquiries, contact Professor Marc Wilson on 04-463 5225 or