Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences - Theses
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Cerebral arterial asymmetries in the neonate
In spite of the symmetric embryological origins of many paired anatomical structures, the human body is inherently asymmetric. Adult studies reveal leftward asymmetries in the structure and haemodynamics of supra-aortic ...
The role of biological stress and inflammation in sleep and mental health: a longitudinal perspective among at-risk adolescents
Objective: A healthy functioning body relies in part on a delicate balance between the immune and neuroendocrine (or immuno-endocrine) systems. Sleep disturbance, anxiety, and depression have each been associated with ...
The role of presentation media in the moral domain
As the prevalence of text-based and computer-mediated communication has increased, a number of researchers in psychology have identified ways in which medium affects perception and behaviour. Yet, there is very limited ...
The SENSE Study (Sleep and Education: learning New Skills Early): long-term outcomes of a randomised controlled trial of a cognitive-behavioural and mindfulness-based group sleep intervention to prevent depression and improve anxiety in at-risk adolescents
Objective: Depression is one of the most common and debilitating mental health problems and its incidence dramatically increases during adolescence. Accumulating evidence suggests that adolescent depression can be prevented ...
Individual differences associated with insight and insight problem solving
The current thesis investigates individual differences that are associated with insight. Traditionally, this research question has been tested by measuring the associations between measures of individual difference of ...
Investigating the influence of food product health warnings on dietary decisions using survey, behavioural and neural evidence
The sharp increase in obesity rates seen globally over the past five decades has necessitated the introduction of new health intervention approaches for promoting healthier dietary behaviour. The application of health ...
The relationship between climate change and psychological distress: a case study from Tuvalu
There is growing consensus that climate change represents a major threat to mental health. This thesis explored the relationship between climate change and psychological distress among residents of Tuvalu, a Pacific Island ...
Early maladaptive schemas associated with performance anxiety aetiology and phenomenology in classically-trained musicians
Music performance anxiety (MPA) is widespread amongst performing musicians, although research into developmental factors involved in its manifestation is minimal. The aim of this research was to explore the impact of ...
Characterising changes in brain structure and neuropsychological function in the psychoses of epilepsy
Psychosis of epilepsy (POE) is a poorly understood condition which can have a devastating impact on people with epilepsy. Despite over a century of investigation into the relationship between epilepsy and psychosis, the ...
Tau and beta-amyloid deposition, structural integrity, and cognitive function following traumatic brain injury in Australian war veterans
Background: Traumatic brain injury (TBI), has been diagnosed in over 355,000 US military service personnel since 2000. Epidemiological research indicates that veterans with TBI are two-to-four times more likely to develop ...