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Meet Sam Charlton

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Professor of Psychology at the University of Waikato.

Job description: 

I do research and teaching in the area of Cognitive Psychology. Cognitive Psychology is the study of thinking, attention, memory, and decision making.

Work background: 

I have worked for companies, for the US Air Force, and now for the University of Waikato.

Favourite part of job: 

Research and teaching.

Least favourite part of job: 

Going to meetings.

What I am working on now: 

Lots of research, some about ride sharing and some about what people notice when they drive.

A quick story about a job well done: 

Some of our recent research was used to change the drink driving laws.

A (humorous) story about a job that went badly and what you learned: 

In my lecture this afternoon, the sound equipment wasn't working and so I had to make my own sound effects for the students. They enjoyed it and I learned that IT staff will often change things from one day to the next without telling the users.


I have a PhD in Experimental Psychology.

Interests outside work: 

I play badminton.

Sam Charlton is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Waikato. Image: University of Waikato.