Psychology News and Events

5th International Conference on Adoption Research (ICAR5)

The 5th International Conference on Adoption Research (ICAR5) aims to improve the lives of people touched by adoption, by synthesising global research findings and advancing knowledge in the area of adoption and related disciplines (e.g. foster care, kinship care, surrogacy, etc.). This upcoming conference will bring together hundreds of distinguished and emerging researchers from around the world, whose collective aim is to meaningfully impact the lives of adopted people, their families and their communities.

Please join us at ICAR5 for a rare opportunity to meet, exchange research findings, share cross-disciplinary perspectives, debate the adoption landscape and set the future research agenda.

International Positive Psychology Association - Professor Spotlight: Aaron Jarden.

A Jarden 1 IPPA 


Click here to read IPPA interview with Aaron Jarden.

"I laugh and say I have ‘Earthquake Brain!’": Resident responses to the September 2010 Christchurch Earthquake

By, Casey Rowney (AUT), Panteá Farvid (AUT), Chris G. Sibley, (UOA), NZ Journal of Psychology, 2014 

Earthquake Brain article

This paper reports on a qualitative analysis of 191 Christchurch residents’ written responses to the September earthquake of 2010. The data comes from Wave II of the New Zealand Attitudes and Values Survey (NZAVS) collected in November and December of 2010. When completing the NZAVS, participants in the Canterbury region were given the opportunity to provide open-ended responses about how the earthquake affected them. Qualitative responses were analysed using inductive thematic analysis, and common themes in participant’s responses were identified. Four main themes emerged: psychological impacts; material/financial impact; coping strategies; and “the silver lining”. These themes are presented and discussed alongside their implications for disaster research. A series of recommendations for future disaster relief are provided. We hope that this research may provide a voice for some of the participants in the broader NZAVS project who experienced the 2010 Christchurch earthquake. These are voices that need to be heard.

Self-Reported Gambling Problems and Digital Traces

In the current climate of electronic narcissism there are some that seek to keep a low profile.
Although gamblers may report difficulty restraining themselves, this may not extend to the online environment. A recent paper by Associate Professor Jim Phillips from the Psychology department of the Auckland University of Technology, published in CyberPsychology, Behavior and Social Networking, finds that gamblers prefer cash, internet cafes and prepaid mobile phones. Dr. Phillips suggests that problem gamblers deliberately seek to reduce their digital trace.


Building families through embryo donation

Embryo slide views
- a study by Sonja Goedeke. Click here for a summary of the study

 Imagine that you struggle to conceive, undergo IVF, and then have embryos left over after you have completed having your family ...what would you do with these embryos? 


Imagine that you cannot have children,that you have tried all options
...what would you do to have a family?


Last updated: 09-Sep-2016 1.46pm

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