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Every year the School of Psychology at Deakin University holds a conference for our 4th year students. Students develop a conference poster based on their research project and present it to their fellow students, friends, family, and academic staff. It marks the end of their 4th year candidature and is a great way to end the year. Our on-campus students (Andy Head, Anna Jackson, George Loram, Imogen Russell-Head, Maddy Matthes, Raissa Donadon Berne, and Glenn Chamberlain) all presented at the conference in person.

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We’re pleased to announce that Anna Klas has been awarded a 2018 Deakin Science and Society Network Establishment Grant. The grant will fund Anna’s attendance at the Australasian Society of Behavioural Medicine Annual Meeting in Christchurch in 2019.

Anna’s attendance at the conference will provide her the opportunity to create collaborative research ideas that combine health and environmental aspects of research into pro-environmental behaviour.

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Reflections on UQ Open Science from our lab member Maddie North

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Our fantastic group of 4th year students submitted their theses today. All of them put a tremendous amount of work into their projects and should be very proud of what they’ve achieved.

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Congratulations to 2018 Misinformation Lab Honours Student, Raissa Donadon Berne, who was awarded a Deakin University Faculty of Health Honours Publication Award. The Faculty of Health Honours Publication Award is a prestigious award that recognises a significant level of academic achievement by the individual at University. This prize of is presented to two students from each School in the Faculty of Health completing a fourth year research project. The award is to support write up the results of Honours research for submission to a peer-reviewed academic journal.

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Lab members Dr Anna Klas and Dr Eddie Clarke gave an invited presentation to La Trobe’s Social Psych group on Friday the 31st of August, 2018 Their joint presentation focused on presenting preliminary work conducted by the Misinformation Lab regarding the influence of politically motivated reasoning across domains. Anna and Eddie are happy to report that their presentation was warmly received, with plans in place for Dr Mathew Marques to present at the Misinformation Lab in the coming months.

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Honors student George Loram (Misinformation Lab) has reached the grand final of the “Let’s Torque” Science communication contest.

The final will be held Wednesday, September 12, 2018 from 6:00 - 8:30 PM at the Royal Society of Victoria (https://www.letstorque.org/calendar/2018/9/13/lets-torque-2018-grand-final).

This annual program provides Victorian undergraduate students training in public speaking and opportunities to interact with industry (https://www.letstorque.org/).

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Over the past two weeks our 4th year students have been presenting their thesis progress to the lab. They did a fantastic job explaining the background to their projects and the plans for the remainder of the year. We were lucky enough to have some other staff members from the School of Psychology come along to see our students present and they were all very impressed with the quality of the work our students are doing.

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Maddie will be completing a Master of Applied Science on the topic “Investigating How Social Norms and Vegan Stereotypes Contribute Towards Motivation to Reduce Animal Product Consumption” under the supervision of Emily Kothe, Anna Klas, and Mathew Ling and starts her candidature today.

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The award is for Anna’s PhD thesis entitled “Pro-environmentalism: Environmentalist Social Identity, Environmentalist Stereotypes, and Green Consumerism Engagement” which she submitted in October 2016 and graduated from in June 2017.

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