I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Nottingham's Malaysia Campus. I teach statistics, practical research methods, neuroscience and behaviour, as well as my own elective modules on evolutionary psychology. I conduct both experimental and non-experimental research with research interests in evolutionary psychology, environmental sustainability and wildlife conservation.
I teach classes in cognitive psychology, evolutionary psychology, and statistics. My specialized teaching interests are reflected in my third year elective modules:
Evolution of Preferences and Constraints on Behaviour - taught every Autumn semester
Students in this class learn about the evolutionary history of our species and gain insight into how this may play a role in shaping our preferences across various aspects of life today. The module encompasses two broad themes: 1) the theoretical aspects of the evolution and psychology of human perception and 2) the practical applications of understanding innate preferences of and constraints on human behaviour.
Environmental Awareness - taught every Spring semester
Students in this class learn about the impact of crowding on human health, the coping behaviours that have come about for urban living, the cut-off behaviours that serve to reduce physiological arousal and modulate behaviour in public settings, how public settings themselves influence individual behaviour patterns and our perception of those environments in turn, and how an evolutionary understanding of human behaviour can have implications for an ecologically sustainable future.
I conduct both experimental and non-experimental research with research interests in evolutionary psychology, environmental sustainability and wildlife conservation. Some of my major research… read more
SHABBIR, MARYAM, ZON, ADELYNN M Y and THUPPIL, VIVEK, 2018. Repetition Is the Feature Behind the Attentional Bias for Recognizing Threatening Patterns. Evolutionary psychology : an international journal of evolutionary approaches to psychology and behavior. 16(1), 1474704918754782
I conduct both experimental and non-experimental research with research interests in evolutionary psychology, environmental sustainability and wildlife conservation. Some of my major research interests are in investigating how humans and animals respond to evolutionarily relevant stimuli, understanding how individuals can be encouraged to practice more environmentally friendly lifestyles, and how behavioural techniques can be used to mitigate human-elephant conflict.
I am interested in studying the behaviour of motorists on Malaysian highways passing through forest areas inhabited by elephants. I would like to investigate the efficacy of using semantic priming to enable safer driving practices.
I am also interested in comparatively studying antipredator behaviour in mainland Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) and Borneo elephants (Elephas maximus borneensis), which have each faced different selection regimes since the last ice age.