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Avatars may help elicit embarrassing information

Monday, 6 September 2021 10:06am

People would rather give information to other people, although an anonymous avatar might be preferred if the information being shared is embarrassing, University of Otago research has found.

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Professor Janice Murray retires with a “retrospective reflective” IPL

Wednesday, 4 August 2021 10:17am

Professor Janice Murray delivered her Inaugural Professorial Lecture the same week as her retirement.

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Journey from smoking to vaping variable – Otago academics

Thursday, 22 July 2021 9:03am

Persistence may be the key when quitting smoking using an electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS), commonly known as vaping, a University of Otago study found.

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World-first finding offers hope for psychosis sufferers

Thursday, 15 July 2021 10:03am

University of Otago scientists have opened the door to improved treatment of brain dysfunction which causes psychosis.

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Strong female characters

Wednesday, 16 June 2021 10:18am

What do you get when you cross the woman on the ten dollar note and punk rock? A musical of course.

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Family connections lead to study of singing’s strong benefits

Wednesday, 2 June 2021 3:33pm

To sing is to live well. That is the simple message of a study led by an Otago Department of Psychology researcher and recently published in Journal of Health Psychology.

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Otago projects receive $1.64m Health Research Council funding

Monday, 31 May 2021 3:33pm

Better outcomes for women suffering from New Zealand’s most common gynaecological cancer and a bioactive toothpaste that will mean fewer visits to the dentist are just two University of Otago projects funded by the Health Research Council this week.

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Otago study helps explain how religious beliefs are formed

Monday, 24 May 2021 10:02am

Feeling anxious can direct our attention and memory toward supernatural beings such as gods, a University of Otago study has found.

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No cause for alarm about graduate students’ mental health

Friday, 21 May 2021 12:13pm

Talk of a graduate student mental health crisis is abundant in academic and popular media, but a University of Otago study has found no evidence of one in New Zealand.

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Cherrington completes her whāriki

Friday, 14 May 2021 11:32am

Kaiya Cherrington’s time at the University of Otago resembles a whāriki, a mat woven with different strands consisting of her academic and cultural journeys.