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Congratulations to PhD Candidate Farid Anvari (supervised by Prof. Michael Wenzel) who has been awarded a prestigious Endeavour Research Fellowship for 2018. The Australia Awards–Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are the Australian Government’s competitive, merit-based scholarships and fellowships providing opportunities for Australians to undertake study, research or professional development overseas and for overseas citizens to do the same in Australia.  Farid will be located at Eindhoven University of Technology, in the Netherlands, collaborating with Dr Daniël Lakens. The project will examine whether scientific dissent expressed publicly (e.g., replicability crisis in psychology and medicine) influences public perceptions (e.g., trust and faith) in science. Well done Farid!

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Research produced by Lydia Woodyatt, and honours students Anna Barron & Katherine Loh mentioned in the media.  (link)

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Simon Bury was awarded the Outstanding Postgraduate Research Award from the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists (SASP), at their annual meeting in Melbourne in April 2017. The award recognizes excellence in postgraduate research in the field of social psychology. Among six finalists who were shortlisted to present their research at the SASP meeting, a panel chose Simon as the winner for his PhD research on “The psychology of hope”. 

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Research by Michael Wenzel and collaborators on collective apologies and how their perceived sincerity depends on their representativeness for the offender group, was recently published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and covered in a press release by the Society of Personality and Social Psychology.  (press release)

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Our research on hope was recently discussed on the Psychology Today website, in an article looking at the differences between hope and optimism.

Our hope research was also the focus of an article in Cerveau & Psycho (French edition of Scientific American MIND), entitled Les Mathématiques de L'espoir (The Mathematics of Hope).

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Cara Rossi was the recipient of the "Australian Psychological Society Prize in Honours year for Flinders University" in 2015. The prize acknowledges that Cara was awarded the highest overall mark in Honours year, taking into account both thesis and coursework. As a result she was funded to attend the 2016 APS Congress in Melbourne and present a poster of her thesis, Dealing with divergent narratives after a transgression.

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Melissa de Vel-Palumbo and Mikaela Cibich  were members of separate project groups at the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists (SASP) Summer School in 2016, selected for small grant funding to pursue a cross-institutional research project developed at the summer school.

Melissa de Vel-Palumbo: “Denying Agency Reduces Blame but at What Cost? Why Using the Defence of Mental Illness Undermines Moral Standing” (Collaborators: Xueling Chang, University of Queensland; Rose Ferguson, Australian Catholic University; Chelsea Schein, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Supervisor: Dr Brock Bastian, University of Melbourne.)

Mikaela Cibich - "What makes people join groups?" (Collaborators: Ayoub Bouguettaya, Deakin University; Gi K Chonu, University of Queensland; Joanna Doley, La Trobe University and Elyse Williams, University of Queensland. Supervisors: Dr Tegan Cruwys, University of Queensland, and Professor Alex Haslam, University of Queensland.)

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Anne-Marie Coughlin was awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Prize for Doctoral Thesis Excellence for her thesis: “Rumination, time and forgiveness: Are changes in thinking over time associated with the development of forgiveness?”
(Principal supervisor: Michael Wenzel; Associate supervisor: Marika Tiggemann).

 

  

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