University of Adelaide students, graduates and staff dominated the 2013 Channel 9 Young Achiever Awards.
Psychology PhD student Kate Gunn won the prestigious Premier’s Young Achiever of the Year Award for South Australia as well as the Rural Doctors Workforce Agency Rural Health Award.
Six other members of the University of Adelaide community won awards, winning a total of seven out of 10 categories.
Kate Gunn is winner of the Young Achiever of the Year and the Rural Doctors Workforce Agency Rural Health Award.
Kate, 27 of Leabrook, is a Psychology PhD student with a keen interest in rural mental health. She received first class Honours at the University of Adelaide for her thesis on farmers’ stress and coping during drought. She enlisted assistance from the SA Farmers Federation obtaining data from 300 farmers. Her work has been published in the Parliamentary Library and International Journal of Rural and Remote Health. Kate has also conducted research on the emotional, social and practical needs of rural cancer patients. She worked with nine passionate participants to develop an 84-page, Country Cancer Support services information website. Learn more
A simulated internet video poker machine in 'practice mode'. Image courtesy of Tahnee Frahn.
New research from the University of Adelaide has studied the behaviour of young people lured into internet gambling through so-called ‘free-play’ or ‘practice’ modes.
The study, by University of Adelaide Psychology student Tahnee Frahn, looked at the behaviour of 128 young people (most aged 18-24) who were playing on a simulated internet gaming site.
Ms Frahn says concerns have been raised about “dubious strategies” used by internet gambling to entice and retain players.
“Previous research has demonstrated that ‘free-play’ or ‘practice’ modes on some internet gaming sites provide unrealistically high returns to the players, who are encouraged with pop-up messages and emails to keep playing. However, those high returns are not continued when playing for actual money,” Ms Frahn says. Learn more
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An elderly woman. A range of conditions can affect memory, such as Alzheimer's disease and ageing. Photo by iStock.
An international study involving researchers from the University of Adelaide has made a major contribution to the ongoing scientific debate about how processes in the human brain support memory and recognition.
The study used a rare technique in which data was obtained from within the brain itself, using electrodes placed inside the brains of surgery patients.
Obtained in Germany, the data was sent to the University of Adelaide’s School of Psychology for further analysis using new techniques developed there. The results are published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).