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Janice Murray


Emeritus Professor Janice Murray investigated the mechanisms that allow for successful face processing, including the role that attention plays. She helped lead a collaborative research programme investigating age-related changes in emotion perception and social understanding (the Otago Lifespan Development Research Group). This programme operated within the Department of Psychology. She additionally leaded an Otago-based face perception project in collaboration with Daphne Maurer from McMaster University, Canada.

She has authored over 30 papers, and has given more than 40 research conference and seminar presentations at Otago and abroad. She was a regular reviewer for a number of top international journals and completed her fourth, three-year term as a member of the editorial board of Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.

Janice joined the Department in 1991. She has 23 years of university teaching experience, teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels at Otago and at Canadian universities.

Janice retired from the department in August 2021.


Murray, J. (2021, July). From go to whoa: Perceiving the world. University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Inaugural Professorial Lecture]. Other Research Output

Atkinson, L., Murray, J. E., & Halberstadt, J. (2020). Older adults' emotion recognition ability is unaffected by stereotype threat. Frontiers in Psychology, 11, 605724. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.605724 Journal - Research Article

Ruffman, T., Halberstadt, J., Murray, J., Jack, F., & Vater, T. (2020). Empathic accuracy: Worse recognition by older adults and less transparency in older adult expressions compared to young adults. Journals of Gerontology Series B, 75(8), 1658-1667. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbz008 Journal - Research Article

Atkinson, L., Murray, J., & Halberstadt, J. (2017). Older adults’ emotion recognition ability unaffected by stereotype threat. Proceedings of the 20th Conference of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology (ESCoP). (pp. 211-212). Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Madill, M., & Murray, J. E. (2017). Processing distracting non-face emotional images: No evidence of an age-related positivity effect. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 591. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00591 Journal - Research Article

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