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I direct the Social Cognition Lab at Massey, and my research interests lie in investigating the cognitive and physical underpinnings of human sociality. I am particularly interested in how humans use emotional expressions (e.g., laughter, swearing) to make sense of–and influence–their social worlds.I also conduct experimental social cognition research in the areas of social pain and feelings of control. More recently I have begun collaborations with public health reseearchers examining the psychological predictors of life satisfaction and the effects of alcholic drinking on wellbeing.
I teach courses in psychological research methods. I teach into and coordinate our second-year research methods course (175.203). I also teach into and coordinate our postgraduate research design course (175.738) and our year-long postgraduate experimental psychology course (175.724).
I am a lecturer in the School of Psychology at Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand. I also direct the Social Cognition Lab at Massey. I conduct research in the areas of social cognition, social psychology, and social neuroscience. I teach on topics related to research methods (e.g., design, analysis).
Social cognition, emotion, swearing, laughter, facial expressions, pain
Health and Well-being
Field of research codes
Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology) (170101): Cognitive Sciences (170200): Psychological Methodology, Design and Analysis (170110): Psychology (170100): Psychology And Cognitive Sciences (170000): Social and Community Psychology (170113)
Social Cognition, Experimental Psychology, Multivariate Data Analysis