My PhD research is focused on two areas: neuroscience (forensic brainwave analysis) and cognitive psychology (memory suppression with the Think/No-Think paradigm). Please see the Projects section for further details.
Post March 15 attacks in New Zealand, I collaborated with researchers in the areas social psychology and clinical psychology as following:
- I collaborated with Associate Professor Kumar Yogeeswaran, Prof Chris Sibley, and Prof Joseph Bulbulia to study attitudes toward Muslims in New Zealand in the framework of New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study (click here for further details and related publications).
- The clinical psycholgy work involved serving as a team member with Professor Julia Rucklidge in a clinical intervention to provide micronutrients to survivors and families of victims in Christchurch in an attempt to improve their mental wellbeing (click here for further details and related publications).
I volunteer as a member of the marketing committee in the School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing; and have also established and been part of various postgraduate student endeavours that facilitate social and educational activities.
I advocate for various valuable causes including Open Science, Preregistration, use of open source software, and use of technology to address climate change.
I am a technology enthusiast and always want to learn more. I can confidently operate various statistical software (e.g., R, SPSS, Statistica, Jamovi, and Excel) and have been learning Python - that should enable me to programme and code psychology experiements.
Sadi Shanaah, Kumar Yogeeswaran, Lara Greaves, Joseph A. Bulbulia, Danny Osborne, M. Usman Afzali, Chris G. Sibley
Terrorism and Political Violence, 2021 Mar
Julia J. Rucklidge, M. Usman Afzali, Bonnie J. Kaplan, Oindrila Bhattacharya, Meredith F. Blampied, Roger T. Mulder, Neville M. Blampied
International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice, Consultation, 2021 Jan, pp. 39-54
M. Usman Afzali, Julie Viviana Cedeño Bustos, Simon Kemp
New Zealand Journal of Psychology, vol. 49(2), 2020 Nov, pp. 4-14
Brain Fingerprinting Countermeasures and Replication (click on the title to read more)
Lecturer in 2020
Stage 3 (undergraduate) research methods course in psychology.
Guest Lecturer in 2020
Stage 3 and 4 (undergraduate and postgraudate) seminar style course
Guest Lecturer in 2020
Stage 4 (postgraduate) course in psychology