Usman Afzali


Psychology PhD Candidate, Postdoctoral Research Associate


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School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing


University of Canterbury


20 Kirkwood Avenue, Upper Riccarton Christchurch, 8041 New Zealand




Usman Afzali


Psychology PhD Candidate, Postdoctoral Research Associate


School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing


University of Canterbury


20 Kirkwood Avenue, Upper Riccarton Christchurch, 8041 New Zealand



About


I am a postdoctoral research associate in the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Canterbury (UC), examining the neuroscientific effects of contemplation/meditative practices. In addition, I am a research assistant in the School of Psychology at the Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) conducting research on prejudice toward minority groups, using data from The New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study.

My PhD (2019-2022) research focused on two areas: neuroscience (forensic brainwave analysis) and cognitive psychology (memory suppression with the Think/No-Think paradigm). I also integrated research  from both these areas completing a cognitive neuroscience project (details in Research section).
I have collaborated nationally and internationaly with various research teams. My current research involvement is in the fields of forensic neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and social psychology. Additionally,  I have been supervising Master's and BSc/BA Honours students' research projects.

I am a lecturer and course coordinator of a third year research methods and statistics course in the School of Psychology at the University of Canterbury. Over the past four years, I have taught in to statistics, research methods, cognitive psychology, and forensic psychology (read more).

I advocate for Open Science, Pre-registration, and psychological research reform movements.

I can confidently operate various statistical software (e.g., SPSS, Statistica, Jamovi, and Excel) and have been currently gaining expertise in EEGLab, R, Python, and Matlab.