Laura Kranz

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Assistant Lecturer Centre for Science in Society


Teaching in 2019

Research interests

Science communication, cognitive psychology, decision making, belief change


I have an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Master's in Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience from Victoria University of Wellington. After completing my Master’s, I started working in the Centre for Science in Society; helping to coordinate the suite of online undergraduate courses. Since 2018 I have been working as an Assistant Lecturer in the Centre for Science in Society and am completing my PhD in Psychology alongside this position.


I am currently completing a PhD in Psychology. I am interested in a number of the cognitive processes that influence the interplay between science and people. I am particularly interested in the role of emotion in cognitive processes such as attention, memory, beliefs and decision making.

Selected Publications

  • Grimshaw, G. M., Kranz, L. S., Carmel, D., Moody R. E., & Devue, C. (2018). Contrasting reactive and proactive control of emotional distraction. Emotion18, 26-38.
  • Grimshaw, G. M., & Kranz, L. (2015). Hemispheric asymmetries in schizotypy.  In O. Mason & G. Claridge (Eds.), Schizotypy: New dimensions. Routledge
  • Kranz L. (2015). Proactive control of emotional distraction: An ERP investigation. (Master’s thesis). Victoria University of Wellington. Wellington. New Zealand.


Teaching in 2019