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Jamin Halberstadt

Head of Department

Tel 64 3 479 7644

Professor Jamin Halberstadt is a member of the Social Perception Area of Research Excellence, the Memory Theme, the Otago Lifespan Development Research Group, and was a founding member of the OZONE young researcher advisory group. He has supervised 8 PhD students (4 still in progress), and has been named an outstanding research supervisor 4 times by the Otago University Student Association.

Internationally, he is a Fellow of the Society for Experimental Social Psychology and serves as an Associate Editor of the Society's journal. He has published over 50 research articles and chapters in top international journals, and presents regularly at international conferences. In 2012 he will begin a term as an Associate Editor of the journal Psychological Science.

Jamin joined the Department in 1997. He has over 20 years of research experience, and has taught over 15 years at both graduate and undergraduate levels.


Research Interests

  • Social cognition
  • Social categorisation
  • Facial attractiveness
  • Emotion perception
  • Decision making

Find out more about Professor Halberstadt's research interests


Jackson, J. C., Halberstadt, J., Takezawa, M., Liew, K., Smith, K., Apicella, C., & Gray, K. (2023). Generalized morality culturally evolves as an adaptive heuristic in large social networks. Journal of Personality & Social Psychology, 125(6), 1207-1238. doi: 10.1037/pspa0000358

Davey, S., Halberstadt, J., & Bell, E. (2023). Where is an emotion? Using an emotional spatial cueing task to test for emotional localization following targeted visceroception. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/sjop.12959

Halberstadt, J., Hughes, R., Jayasinha, G., & Bering, J. (2023, June-July). Motivational and cognitive explanations of postmortem consciousness. Poster session presented at the European Association of Social Psychology (EASP) General Meeting, Kraków, Poland.

Swan, T., Bering, J., Hughes, R., & Halberstadt, J. (2023). The role of implicit and explicit beliefs in grave-good practices: Evidence for intuitive afterlife reasoning. Cognitive Science, 47(4), e13263. doi: 10.1111/cogs.13263

Mohammed, H., Kumar, Jr, R., Bennani, H., Perry, J., Halberstadt, J. B., & Farella, M. (2023). Malocclusion severity and smile features: Is there an association? American Journal of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.ajodo.2022.10.023

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