Dr Vanlal Thanzami

Contact Details

Tel: +603 5515 9604
Fax: +603 5514 6323
Office: Room 3-2-10
Email: vanlal.thanzami@monash.edu

Profile Summary

Dr Vanlal Thanzami obtained her PhD in Psychology from the University Of Central Lancashire (UK) in 2004. Her research activities focused on her PhD research area beliefs about aggression and the impact that culture has on these beliefs. Cross-cultural comparisons based on individualism-collectivism, and more recently the loose and tight cultures, have been a strong element of her research activities. Besides beliefs, she has also explored the predictors of aggression particularly amongst men. She is predominantly interested in specific forms of aggression such as direct aggression, indirect aggression, physical aggression, reactive and proactive aggression. The outcome of her various research projects have been published in reputable international peer-reviewed journals such as Aggressive Behaviour, Evolution and Human Behaviour, American Journal of Human Biology, and Personality and Individual Differences, as well as being presented at international conferences.

After she obtained her PhD,  Dr Thanzami taught at the University of Central Lancashire until June 2014. Her teaching expertise is within the areas of social, cross-cultural and forensic psychology. As an active researcher in the area of aggression, she continuously strives to disseminate her research findings to her students through research-informed teaching.

Qualifications

PhD (UK), FHEA (UK)

Research Interests

  • Beliefs about aggression across cultures
  • Predictors of aggression and specific forms of aggression such as direct aggression, indirect aggression, physical aggression, reactive and proactive aggression

  • Cross-cultural evidence for mediators of sex differences in physical aggression and conflict resolution

  • Aggression within relationships, ‘invisible’ forms of aggression within the family and community such as honour-based violence

  • Evolutionary concepts in aggression, such as genetic-relatedness and violence across cultures

  • Need for revenge and personality factors associated with vengefulness, such as anger rumination – dissipation and trait forgiveness, and how they relate to reactive and proactive aggression.

  • Cyber-bullying

  • Criminal computer behaviour

Publications

Thanzami, V.L., & Archer, J. (2013). Reactions to Provocation and Beliefs About Aggression in an Indian sample. International Journal of Conflict and Violence, 7 (2), 286 - 297

Thanzami, V.L., & Archer, J. (2013). Beliefs about aggression in an Indian sample. Psychological Studies, 58 (2), 133 - 143

Thanzami, V.L., Archer, J., & Sullivan, C. (2011). A qualitative investigation into beliefs about aggression in an Indian sample. Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research, 3 (4), 199 – 209

Archer, J., Fernandez-Fuertes, A.A., & Thanzami, V.L. (2010). Does cost-benefit analysis or self-control predict involvement in two forms of aggression? Aggressive Behavior, 36, 292 – 304

Archer, J., & Thanzami, V.L. (2009). The relation between mate value, entitlement, physical aggression, size and strength, among a sample of young Indian men. Evolution and Human Behaviour, 30, 315 – 321

Archer, J & Thanzami, V.L. (2007) The relationship between physical aggression, size and strength, among a sample of young Indian men. Personality and Individual Differences, 43, 627 - 633

Fink, B., Thanzami, V.L., Seydel, H., & Manning, J.T (2006). Digit Ratio (2D:4D) and hand grip strength in German and Mizo men: Cross-cultural evidence for an organising effect of prenatal testosterone on strength. American Journal of Human Biology, 18(6), 776 - 782

Thanzami, V.L & Archer, J. (2005). Beliefs about aggression in British students from individualist and collectivist cultures. Aggressive Behavior, 31 (4), 350 - 358

Singh, L.N & Thanzami, V.L. (1999). Replication of Steinberg’s Parenting Style Scale among Mizo adolescents. Psychological Studies, 44 (3), 112 – 114.