Inaugural lecture by Professor Christopher Sibley: The New Zealand Zeitgeist Event as iCalendar


11 September 2017


Venue: Large Chemistry Lecture Theatre (301-G050)

Location: Ground Floor, Building 301, 23 Symonds Street, City Campus

Host: School of Psychology

Cost: Free - all welcome

Professor Chris Sibley


The New Zealand Zeitgeist - Tracking Our Changing Attitudes and Values

I summarise the results from the first seven years of the New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study (NZAVS).

The NZAVS is New Zealand’s own longitudinal social psychological study and follows the same group of around 18,000 New Zealanders each year. It aims to track changes in various social psychological and health factors over a twenty year period, from 2009 to 2029.

I model the New Zealand Zeitgeist by constructing a series of Latent Growth Models assessing change in a broad spectrum of attitudes and values across time. These include sexism, racism, social dominance, authoritarianism, belief in climate change, attitudes toward immigration, support for historical reparation, gay marriage, abortion, and attitudes toward indigenous (Maori) culture, to name just a few examples.

Understanding the ways in which the attitudes and values of people in society are changing is important because it speaks to the social issues that we will vote to prioritise, the ways in which we value treating one another, will enact plans to deal with conflict and inequality, the human rights that we will choose to champion or perhaps ignore, how we will engage with other nations, and the ways in which we will vote for different political agendas.

Please join us for refreshments from 5.30pm in the Level 2 Reception area in Building 302.