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Marea MC2017 (September):Marea MCd the festival 'Silverline Otago' and ran a workshop called 'Becoming comfortable with the uncomfortable: challenging the brave face mentality'. Click here to read more! 

2017 (September): Sam's team won their debate arguing in favour of whether religious people are more moral! Congratulations!   

2017 (August): Congratulations to Chris Jackson, current PhD student, on winning the city council primary! All the best in the general election!  

2017 (February): Brittany was on The Project! Video coming soon! 

2016 (November): Listen to Professor Jamin Halberstadt and Dr Jonathan Jong discuss their surprising findings on whether religious belief mitigates death anxiety; follow this link! 

2016 (September): Helen successfully defended her PhD!! 

2016 (August): There's a job opening at Oxford! Check it out here

2016 (August): David and Arnika will be graduating next week (week of 15th of August)!

2016 (August): David Barton and Jo Secher successfully defended their PhDs! Congratulations!!  

2016 (August): Helen's PhD Oral Defence will take place on Friday 26th August.

2016 (July): Evan Balkcom presented at the NZ International Science Festival 2016, Bitesize Science. To watch his presentation, click here

2016 (July): Jamin Halberstadt will be speaking at the International Association of Cross Cultural Psychology in Nagoya, Japan, on the 31st of July 2016. 

2016 (July): Brittany has just finished filming a pilot for a sitcom based in Christchurch!

2014: Jamin Halberstadt receives a two-year Templeton Foundation grant to study the role of affect in religious belief. Co-PIs are Jonathan Jong (Coventry University/Oxford) and Ryan McKay (Royal H

2013: Jamin Halberstadt receives a prestigious Marsden Grant from the Royal Society of New Zealand to study the causal link between religion and death anxiety.  Read more here. Co-PIs are Jonathan Jong (Coventry University/Oxford) and Mathias Bluemke (University of Heidelberg).


2017 (21st September): WJ Seminar Room, 1pm - come to see Ana debate whether evolutionary psychology provides the best explanation for sex differences in social behaviour. 

2017 (August): Jamin is going live from Paula Poundstone (NPR) on Wednesday, the 23rd of August, to discuss his and David's work on faces and names!

2017 (March): Come and have your say on international Women's Day. 8th of March at the Museum Reserve (in front of Otago Museum), 11:30am-1:30pm! 

2016 (November): The 400-level Poster Sessions are happening on Wednesday the 9th of November in the Year 2 Teaching Lab, don't miss it! 

2016 (October): Join us on Thursday the 20th of October from 12:10pm to 1:00pm at Adams Building (18 Frederick St.) Room 033, to hear Dr Richard Egan in his talk "Spirituality is a public health issue" in the Public Health Seminar Series!

2016 (October): You are invited to celebrate the publication of "Death, Anxiety and Religious Belief: An Existential Psychology of Religion" by Jonathan Jong and Jamin Halberstadt at 5:30pm, Wednesday 2nd November at the University Book Shop, 378 Great King Street. 

2016 (August): The annual Psychology Quiz Night will take place at 7pm on the 15th of September! 

2016 (August): The annual KiwiCAM (Kiwi Cognition and Memory) conference will be held at Otago this year, from November 12th-13th. Check out this website for information on submission/registration!

2016 (August): We are excited to have Harvey Whitehouse and Jonathan Jong visiting the lab in the next couple of months!