School of Psychology News
What is mobile phone radiation and how safe is it?
Australians love their smartphones: 88 per cent of us own at least one, and a whole generation has never known life without them. But with pervasive smartphone use and associated radio waves they need to work, are there any health effects?
Shining the Light on Cyberbullying
Shining the Light on Cyberbullying in this 24/7 digital age, bullying is no longer limited to the classroom or playground. Associate Professor Mitch Byrne and honours student Kayla Steele from the School of Psychology are researching the cyber-bullying epidemic with a timely and unique study.
Read more on this cyberbullying research
Health-Related Lifestyle Factors and Sexual Dysfunction
A Meta-Analysis of Population-Based Research - Beyond the Abstract. Identifying safe and non-intrusive treatments for various sexual dysfunctions is a primary objective for sexual health professionals.
Read more on this sexual dysfunction research
Celebrated for its medicinal properties but recognised as a trigger for mental illness, the good and the bad of cannabis go hand in hand
Read more about cannabis and schizophrenia
Researchers to investigate potential danger of exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic energy.Read more about this study into possible health risks of mobile phone and Wi-Fi.
Golden partnership for personality disorders
In a partnership between South Western Sydney Local Health District and UOW’s Project Air Strategy for Personality Disorders, Minister for Mental Health Tanya Davies launches program for the treatment of personality disorders in south west Sydney.
Read more about Project Air and the Gold Card Clinics
New research centre to study medicinal cannabis
Australian Centre for Cannabinoid Clinical and Research Excellence to investigate quality and safety issues.
Read more about the new research centre to study medicinal cannabis.
Vice Chancellor's Interdisciplinary Research Excellence Award
A/ Professor Robert Gorkin, Dr Jason McArthur, A/Professor Christopher Magee, A/Professor Kate Senior, Ms Laura Grozdanovski, Professor Geoff Spinks
Project: Project Geldom: Designing the Next-Generation Condom
A/Professor Melanie Randle, Dr Leonie Miller, Ms Joanna Stirling
Project: Identifying and Attracting Successful Foster Carers
Vice Chancellor's Award for Research Supervision
A/Professor Peter Kelly
After the Game
It is often said that an athlete dies twice. Once when they take their last breath, and the other when they retire from sport. “When you hear athletes talk, you can get a sense of how much their identity is wrapped up in the sport. They’re not a person who swims, they are a swimmer,” says sports psychology expert Stewart Vella.
Read more about After the Game
Busting myths and setting the record straight on what happens when we close our eyes
“We’re living in a 24 hour society where people are trying to condense time to be able to do everything that they want to. And the first thing pushed aside in many people’s lives is sleep.”
Read more on Sleep on It
Why True Crime Captivates
From grisly murder cases to serial killers, what is it about tragedy that fascinates us?
Read more on Why True Crime Captivates
UOW receives $1.75M to explore next frontier of health and medical research
Researchers to investigate effects of long-term cannabis use, develop drugs to fight hospital superbugs and improve radiotherapy treatments.
Adolescent males targeted in new mental health campaign
The Ahead of the Game program is using grassroots sport to prevent mental health issues in adolescent males.
Read more about the Ahead of the Game program.
World-first study investigates mobile phones and kid's sleep
Study investigates the effects of mobile phone emissions on the sleeping patterns of kids and teens.
Psychologists collaborate on Australia’s largest suicide prevention trial
Illawarra-Shoalhaven region chosen as one of four locations across NSW to implement new suicide prevention trial.
Read more on this trial
International Students Represent UOW at IEAA Transnational Education Forum
Read more on the IEAA Transnational Education Forum
Drug and alcohol expert chosen for special UN General Assembly
Psychologist campaigns for worldwide focus on treatment rather than incarceration for drug users.
Read more about this story
Study probes effects of missing persons to help those left behind
Researchers at the University of Wollongong are seeking participants to help them explore the emotional processes people go through when a loved one goes missing.
Congratulations to Rodney Croft
Congratulations to Rodney Croft who was recently appointed Chair of the High Frequency Guidelines Project Group, within the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP).
ICNIRP is the peak international non-ionising radiation body, with their guidelines, for example, adopted by national health and safety agencies such as the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA).
The Project Group is tasked with developing the new electromagnetic radiation guidelines for the 100 kHz to 300 GHz range, which includes that emitted from the ever-topical mobile communications devices such as Wi-Fi, mobile phones and base stations.
The last guidelines were published in 1998, which makes this a particularly important development for ICNIRP and a great indication of the contribution that our faculty’s science is making to the community.
Congratulations Professor Frank Deane and Dr Peter Kelly
Congratulations to Professor Deane and Dr Kelly who have been awarded an IHMRI Collaborative Project Grant. The project is titled “Addressing problematic drinking of people living with severe mental illness: Feasibility of a peer delivered telephone intervention for people engaged with non-gov or gov funded health service”.
A team led by Frank Deane and Peter Kelly have also been awarded the Excellence in Research and Evaluation Award at the NSW Non-Government Alcohol and Other Drug Awards.
ACEBR Research Group – Prizes and Work
The ACEBR research group, led by Professor Rodney Croft, recently attended the Joint Annual Meeting of the Bioelectromagnetics Society and the European BioElectromagnetics Association.
PhD candidate Adam Verrender received 3rd prize for his presentation on the first study from his PhD, entitled “Pulse modulated radiofrequency exposure influences cognitive performance”.
Anna Dalecki also gave a very well received poster presentation based on some recent post-doctoral pilot work, “Testing the replicability of the effect of 14 Hz pulse modulated RF-EMF on EEG power in healthy adults: A pilot study”.
Well done Adam and Anna.
Well-Earned Award for Psychology’s Sarah Loughran
It’s a great pleasure to announce that the School of Psychology’s Dr Sarah Loughran has received the 2016 European Bioelectromagnetics Association (EBEA) Chiabrera Award. This is one of only two international awards in the bioelectromagnetics research area (the other, the d’Arsonval Award, being for senior researchers), and recognises the strongest contribution to bioelectromagnetics from researchers up to the age of 35. This comes on the heels of receiving an Early Career Scientist award recently at the International Non-Ionising Radiation Workshop in Cape Town.
Sarah has a strong research program addressing issues relevant to human sleep, including effects of psychosocial and environmental factors on sleep, and effects of sleep on psychological function. Of particular relevance to the Chiabrera Award is her work addressing the potential link between radiofrequency emissions (such as those from mobile phones and base stations) and human health, where her work has established a consistent pattern of effects of mobile phone-like radiation on brain function during sleep. Her work in this area is now focused on determining the relative importance of this effect in children and adolescents (is it more/less pronounced in the young, and is it important to health), as well as uncovering the mechanism responsible for it.
Other research currently underway in her laboratory includes the effect of ‘screen-time’ on sleep function (including its radiofrequency and optical radiation, as well as its behavioural dimensions), and the effect of mild sleep deprivation on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Sarah will be giving an acceptance presentation in Belgium in June at BioEM2016; we wish her the best for this and for her future research!
Body Movement Can Boost Children’s Learning
A recent UOW study found that children who enacted foreign language words through whole-body movements performed better at the end of the course.
Teaching Award Spring Session 2018
Best Lecturer: Dr Samantha Reis
Best Tutor: Erin Mison
As voted by the students
Women in Health and Medical Research
Dr Esther Davies won the Dame Bridget Ogilvie Research/Clinical Excellence Award, which recognises the excellence of a woman researcher who has demonstrated high impact in their respective field.
Congratulations Esther. Read more about women in Health and Medical Research
Autumn Session 2019
Week 5: Friday, 5 April, room 41.153
Professor Roberto Caldera
Department of Psychology, University of Fribourg
Neural Representations of Faces are Tuned to Eye Movements
Week 6: 10 April
School of Psychology, UOW and Bournemouth University
Visual attention in naturalistic scenes
Week 7: RESEARCH WEEK
Week 8: 1 May
Dr Colin Palmer
School of Psychology, UNSW
Perceiving other people's direction of gaze
Week 11: 22 May
Dr Tim Byron
School of Psychology, UOW
Can't Get You Out of My Head: The Familiar and the Repetitive in Involuntary Musical Imagery
Chan, A.Y.C., & Morgan, S-J. (2018) Assessing children's cognitive flexibility with the Shape Trail Test. PLoS ONE 13(5): e0198254.
Van Bergen, P., Bird, A., Andrews, R., (2018), ‘What do you earliest childhood memories say about you?’, The Conversation, 21 August 2018.
Marceau EM, Meuldijk D, Townsend ML, Solowij N, Grenyer BFS. (2018) Biomarker correlates of psychotherapy outcomes in borderline personality disorder: A systematic review. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 94, 166-178.
Grenyer, B.F.S., Bailey, R., Lewis, K.L., Matthias, M., Garrety, T., Bickerton, A. (2018) A randomised controlled trial of group psychoeducation for carers of persons with borderline personality disorder. Journal of Personality Disorders Mar 5:1-15. doi: 10.1521/pedi_2018_32_340. [Epub ahead of print]
Kelly, P. J., Robinson, L. D., Baker, A., Deane, F. P., Osborne, B., Hudson, S., & Hides, L. (2018). Quality of life of individuals seeking treatment at specialist non-government alcohol and other drug treatment services: A latent class analysis. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 94, 47-54.
McGillion, M., Pine, J.M., Herbert, J.S., & Matthews, D. (2017) A Randomised Controlled Trial to Test the Effect of Promoting Caregiver Contingent Talk on Language Development in Infants from Diverse SES Backgrounds. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 58, 1122–1131. doi:10.1111/jcpp.12725