The Psychology Report

What do we know about how young women think about food at school?

Sarb Johal Nov 02, 2017

In this episode of the Psychology Report, I talk to Dr. Eva Neely, a lecturer at the School of Public Health at Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand. She has done some groundbreaking research on the social health meanings of food for youth in schools – which is a step away from the usual health-focused approach used when trying to … Read More

Five ideas for reforming mental health care in New Zealand

Sarb Johal Oct 30, 2017

The first article in this short series looked at the scale and scope of the problem of increasing mental health related presentations in New Zealand. In that first article, I argued that ‘Capitalism with a Human Face’ can take its place in altering the settings of the economy in favour of the experience of those who live and work in it, … Read More

How ‘capitalism with a human face’ can influence mental health reform

Sarb Johal Oct 24, 2017

This is an exciting time: a new Labour – NZ First Government, with support from the Green Party, with new leadership focused on how “capitalism must regain its human face”. This people and environment-centred Government will also rightly be focused on addressing the mental health problems and misery experienced by many in New Zealand, and setting policy to address this. Read More

How to talk about Manchester (and other terror attacks)

Sarb Johal May 24, 2017

I’ve been asked by a few people about how to talk about the terrible bombing attack in Manchester yesterday, especially with children and young people. Or even whether to talk about it at all. People are also wondering how they themselves should talk or act about this, as parents, grandparents teachers etc. So I thought I’d put this quick blog … Read More

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How to tell the difference between fact and fiction on a ‘post-truth’ internet

Sarb Johal May 16, 2017

“Right now we have a health hazard to democratic functioning.” Those are the words of Professor Sam Wineberg of the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University in the United States, my guest on this edition of The Psychology Report.  You can listen to the original podcast here, as well as reading our conversation below.   Professor … Read More

Mapping the link between biodiversity and wellbeing – NatureBuzz

Sarb Johal Apr 24, 2017

In this week’s Psychology Report I talked with Laurie Parma from the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge in England, about Nature Buzz (iTunes / Android)- the new research application they have developed to explore the links between nature and well-being.     Have a read of this conversation to understand more … Read More

Sleep paralysis – more common than you might think

Sarb Johal Apr 07, 2017

In this week’s Psychology Report, I talked with Associate Professor Dr Brian Sharpless of the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Northern Virginia, USA. Brian is interested in unusual disorders, and for this show, we are talking about sleep paralysis. You can listen to the original podcast here, as well as reading our conversation below. Read More

How do emojis change our communication?

Sarb Johal Apr 03, 2017

In this Psychology Report, I talked with Dr Michael Philipp of Massey University School of Psychology here in New Zealand. Michael and his students are interested in how emoji and emoticons are used in computer based communication – so, those emails tweets and Facebook posts – that kind of thing. You can listen to the podcast as well … Read More