Laura Kranz

The role of cognition and emotion in science communication

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Laura Kranz

PhD Student
School of Psychology


Laura has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Master of Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience. In the past, her research has focused on emotion, affective neuroscience, and cognitive control. For the past few years she has been working in the School of Science in Society. Through this work she has been exposed to the field of science communication. She has now returned to complete a PhD combining her interests and experience. She is interested in the role emotion plays in effective communication of science, and how cognitive psychology approaches can contribute to understanding science communication.


BA (Psychology and Sociology majors)
Master of Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience

PhD topic

The role of cognition and emotion in science communication.


School of Psychology

Associate Professor

School of Science in Society


Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab (CAN LAB) - Directed by A/Prof Gina Grimshaw

In our lab, we study the thought processes and the brain mechanisms that allow us to think, feel, and act. We pursue two lines of research that often intersect. The first concerns how we perceive, interpret, and respond to emotional signals in our environment, and the second concerns how we create meaning when we encounter novel situations.