Welcome from the Chair

Psychology can show us how we think – and how we remember – or forget stuff. It can help us answer questions like what happens when someone experiences a brain injury? What will help their rehabilitation? Why is it a bad idea to talk on the cell phone while you are driving? What actually is intelligence and what is the best way of assessing it?

Psychology is also about feelings and attitudes. Why do people get angry? What can be done to support people who are depressed? Why do some people feel good about themselves and others don’t? What is it that makes certain people seem attractive to us? Why are some people racist? How can we work to encourage positive attitudes towards people who are often excluded from society because of their disability, sexual orientation or belief system?

Psychology is about behaviour. Why do some crowds become disorderly and violent? Why do some parents abuse or neglect their children? Do groups make better decisions than individuals? What are the best ways to manage disruptive behaviour in the classroom? What do workers need to perform at their best? What are good strategies for disciplining children?

Remember too that Psychology is not restricted to the study of humans. Psychology has an important role in figuring out what is needed for the humane containment of hens, the best way to train dogs to find – but not harm – kiwi, and the optimal layout of milking sheds.

Here at Waikato, you will be studying psychology among a school with a recognizable research profile nationally with a strong and distinctive presence, still lively, still radical, still attractive, still changing.

Welcome. Explore. Ask questions.

Associate Professor Sam Charlton
Chair of Psychology