University of Nottingham Malaysia
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Jaya Kumar Karunagharan

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science

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Biography

Jaya Kumar graduated from University Putra Malaysia with a BSc in Biotechnology and from University Kebangsaan Malaysia with an MSc in Genetics. He then taught A Level, UNSW Foundation Year and AUSMAT Biology for 7 years prior to joining the University of Nottingham Malaysia. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Psychology at the University of Nottingham Malaysia, studying the effects of stereotype threat on students within a classroom setting.

Expertise Summary

Biology, Genetics, Stereotypes and Prejudice, Social Psychology, Stereotype Threat, Stereotype Inoculation, Role Model Effect

Teaching Summary

Previously taught on these courses in the Foundation in Science and School of Psychology:

  • SCIFF005 Cells & Molecules
  • SCIFF006 Ecology, Energy and the Environment
  • SCIFF012 Laboratory Practicals in Science
  • SCIFF019 Study Skills for Science
  • C83SIP The Self and Intergroup Processes

Currently teaching on the following modules:

  • SCIFF007 Genetics and Living Systems
  • SCIFF006 Ecology, Energy and the Environment
  • SCIFF012 Laboratory Practicals in Science

I also convene an NAA module, Students as Change Agents (NAA1189).

Research Summary

Understanding psychological barriers to healthy interactions between students and teachers is vital in order to promote a positive classroom experience. One crucial factor that might contribute to… read more

Selected Publications

Current Research

Understanding psychological barriers to healthy interactions between students and teachers is vital in order to promote a positive classroom experience. One crucial factor that might contribute to classroom experience is the fear of making mistakes. But we know very little about the conditions under which such fears become particularly salient, the psychological mechanisms underlying them, and possible vaccines against such incapacitating mind-set. Therefore, my PhD is exploring inter alia, the implications of social category salience, meta-stereotyping and teaching style on Malaysian students' classroom participation. In the end, I expect to integrate assumptions derived from the social identity theory, stereotype inoculation model, stereotype content model and the status and persuasibility hypothesis into a richer framework explaining classroom experience amongst Malaysian university students.

  • KARUNAGHARAN, J. K. and OWUAMALAM, C. K., 2017. Do outgroup teachers enhance or diminish academic outcomes of stereotyped students relative to ingroup teachers? In: Malaysian International Psychology Conference 2017.
  • KARUNAGHARAN, J. K. and OWUAMALAM, C. K., 2017. Do outgroup teachers enhance or diminish academic outcomes of stereotyped students relative to ingroup teachers? In: 18th General Meeting of The European Association of Social Psychology. 130
  • OWUAMALAM, C. K., WEERABANGSA, M. M.,, KARUNAGHARAN, J. K., and RUBIN, M., 2016. Chip on the shoulder? The hunchback heuristic predicts the attribution of anger to low status groups and calm to high status groups Cogent Psychology. 3(1), 1210998
  • KARUNAGHARAN, J.K. and OWUAMALAM, C., 2015. West is best? Effects of race-based status and stereotypicality on anxiety and classroom participation of Malaysian science students. In: The Society of Australasian Social Psychologist 44th Annual Conference 2015.
  • KARUNAGHARAN, J. K., 2015. Shedding light on the Stereotype Inoculation Model by infusing predictions from the Stereotype Content Model. In: the British Psychological Society Development Section and Social Section Annual Conference 2015.
  • KARUNAGHARAN, J.K., GAN, S.R., PHANG, S.K.H., SATEL, J., RUBIN, M. and OWUAMALAM, C., 2014. Fact or fiction? An acoustic signalling and neuroimaging test of the hunchback hypothesis of emotional displays. In: The 5th International Neuroscience Symposium (INS'14).
  • JAYA KUMAR KARUNAGHARAN, 2012. Helping students overcome the fear of making mistakes - A barrier to effective learning In: Proceedings of The 2nd Pre-University Conference. 1. 51-54
  • JAYA KUMAR, K., CHOONG, C.Y., WICKNESWARI, R. and RAJA BARIZAN, R.S., 2005. A sex ratio survey of Calamus manan planted in a secondary forest In: Proceedings of Second Regional Symposium on Environment and Natural Resources. 2. 59-61
  • JAYA KUMAR, K., CHOONG, C.Y., WICKNESWARI, R. and RAJA BARIZAN, R.S., 2005. Pembangunan penanda CAP bagi tiga gen pembungaan dalam Calamus manan In: Prosiding Kolokium Siswazah Kelima. 369-371
  • JAYA, K.K., LATIP, M.A.A., CHOONG, C.Y. and WICKNESWARI, R., 2005. Characterisation of flowering gene FIL1 in Calamus manan In: Proceedings of the 6th National Congress on Genetics. 91-94

Faculty of Science

University of Nottingham Malaysia
Jalan Broga, 43500 Semenyih
Selangor Darul Ehsan
Malaysia

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