Usman Afzali

Psychology PhD Candidate and Fixed-term Lecturer


I am an immigrant from Afghanistan, currently living in Christchurch, New Zealand. A former physician, I am currently completing my PhD in psychology at the University of Canterbury after completing a BSc and a BSc Honours in psychology.

My PhD research focuses on two areas: neuroscience (forensic brainwave analysis) and cognitive psychology (memory suppression with the Think/No-Think paradigm). I also integrate research  from both these areas completing a cognitive neuroscience project. Please see the Projects section for further details.

Post March 15 attacks in New Zealand, I collaborated with researchers in New Zealand in the framework of New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study to examine anti-Muslim prejudice in New Zealand (click here to find more).
I collaborate nationally and internationaly with various research teams. I am currenlty involved in forensic psychology, cognitive psychology, and neuroscience research detailed in the Projects section. Additionally,  I supervise research projects of  postgraduate students.

Over the past four years, I worked as a lecturer, a teaching assistant coordinator, and as a teaching assistant in various postgraduate and undergraduate psychology courses. I taught in to statistics, research methods, cognitive psychology, forensic psychology, social psychology, as well as introductory psychology. Please visit the Courses section to 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 currenlty learning R and Python.


Jun 20, 2020

او بالاخره یې ټول ونیولو

بار بار مې وویل چې فاصله وساتئ، قرنطین عملي کړئ، بې ضرورته بېرون مه ځئ او د بېرون تګ مسئول یو کس وټاکئ. دا خبرې ما له ځانه نه کولې. دلته مې لیدل چې ګټه یې کړې، ځکه مې درته ویل. د اختر په شپې مې عذر وکړ چې مه سره ټولېږئ. تر اوسه لا کرونا ختمه نه ده، د...

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Jul 2, 2015

ولې مو یو څه هېرېږي؟

ځینې خلک کوښښ کوي چې باید هر لوستی مطلب، کړی کار یا لیدلی حالت/کس یې باید په یاد پاتې شي او که کله دې تشې سره مخ کېږي نو تشویش ورته پیدا شي او فکر کوی چې ګوندې حافظه یې خرابه شوې. آیا واقعیت همدا دی که بل څه؟ او د حافظې د ښه کېدا لپاره باید څه وکړو؟ په...

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School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing

University of Canterbury

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