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Human sacrifice built complex societies – In the News

John Kerr posted in on April 5th, 2016.

Ritual human sacrifice played a central role in helping those at the top of the social hierarchy maintain power over those at the bottom, finds a New Zealand-led study.   In a new study, researchers from the University of Auckland’s School of Psychology, the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Germany […]

Academics ‘appalled’ at alcohol report – In the News

John Kerr posted in on January 14th, 2016.

Two academics have slammed an industry-funded report claiming alcohol has little impact on night-time violence in Australia and New Zealand. Researchers Nicki Jackson from the University of Auckland and Professor Kypros Kypri from the University of Otago and the University of Newcastle in Australia, published their critique of a report funded by the alcohol industry this week in […]

NZ falling behind in human rights issues

Laura Goodall posted in on April 2nd, 2015.

A new report authored by researchers at AUT and the University of Waikato has revealed that New Zealand’s appearances are deceiving when it comes to human rights. The report, titled Fault lines: Human Rights in New Zealand, looks at the country’s commitment to six different international human rights treaties and includes interviews with politicians and both domestic and international experts. […]

‘Blame the Ref’ – psychology for the RWC

Peter Griffin posted in on September 8th, 2011.

Rugby is central to New Zealand’s sense of national self worth- but this can be a problem given New Zealand’s recent track record of not winning world cup contests, says Associate Professor of Psychology,   Marc Wilson, of Victoria University in Wellington. “We love our rugby,” he said in a public lecture at Wellington on September […]

Unravelling NZ’s ‘Innovation Puzzle’

Peter Griffin posted in on November 5th, 2010.

It’s been a source of much puzzlement and discussion that, despite New Zealand ranking high on many of the metrics which would suggest we should be highly productive, we nonetheless aren’t compared to many of our OECD counterparts. At a MoRST Chat Shop this morning, Forte Management’s Tony Smale discussed this ‘innovation puzzle’, arguing that […]

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