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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.

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New Dunedin study research finds signs of ageing in middle age

Monday, 15 March 2021 2:49pm

New Dunedin Study research finds signs of ageing as early as midlife.

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Top of cliff approach to suicide prevention

Wednesday, 10 March 2021 10:20am

By looking at suicide prevention from a different perspective, University of Otago researchers hope to improve identification and support for people in suicidal crisis.

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Psychology welcomes two new Māori academic staff

Thursday, 4 March 2021 7:25am

Two new Māori academics have been warmly welcomed to the Department of Psychology.

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Tongan student realises dream to enter Clinical Psychology programme

Wednesday, 24 February 2021 11:43am

Tongan postgraduate student Jordan Quensell is celebrating reaching his ambitious goal of entry into the competitive postgraduate Clinical Psychology programme.

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Dunedin Study data provides evidence that youth mental health issues impact adult physical health

Thursday, 18 February 2021 9:11am

A new study by researchers from Otago and Duke Universities makes the case that mental health struggles in early life can lead to poorer physical health and advanced aging in adulthood.

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Dunedin study finds relationship between youth mental health issues and later adult physical health

Thursday, 18 February 2021 9:53am

Dunedin study finds relationship between youth mental health issues and later adult physical health.

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Eating disorder project wins Christchurch summer studentship awards

Wednesday, 3 February 2021 1:53pm

A project summing up the financial cost of eating disorders in New Zealand took out the top prize at this year’s Christchurch Summer Studentship programme awards.