The Psychology Report

Mental health in public life: Is the experience of politicians and how we make policy intertwined?

Sarb Johal Sep 03, 2018

Many societies are experiencing significant increases in those reporting mental health difficulties and illnesses, but face systemic obstacles in helping their communities’ to deal with these problems. The WHO report on Mental health: New Understandings, New Hope identified mental health as possibly posing the most difficult and acute health care challenge of the twenty-first century. The report goes on to … Read More

Is human language underpinned by gestures?

Sarb Johal Jul 16, 2018

  In this Psychology Report, I am interviewing renowned psychologist Emeritus Professor Michael Corballis. He has recently won the Rutherford Medal from the Royal Society of New Zealand for his work on asymmetry of the brain, but also his work on language, and that’s what I’m focusing on today in our interview. One view … Read More

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How does photography change our experience of life?

Sarb Johal Jun 04, 2018

 In this episode I talk with Assistant Professor Alixandra Barasch, based in the Stern Business School, New York University, USA about taking photographs.  For many of you listening to this podcast, taking photos of things and people in our lives has become much more common. Understanding how the act … Read More

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