The mission of the Optentia Research Focus Area is to develop and organise knowledge for the optimal expression of individual, social and institutional potential, with specific interest in the African context. The research programme utilises the inputs from various disciplines in the social sciences, including Psychology, Industrial/Organisational Psychology, Human Resource Management, Educational Psychology, Sociology, Educational Sciences, Employment Relations, and Social Work.

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Optentia hosts a workshop in R in March 2017

R is a free and powerful environment for statistical computing, data analysis, and graphics. The R environment is highly flexible and it contains a range of functions to carry out standard and non-standard statistical and graphica...Read article

Busy year ahead for Optentia


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Optentia and Springer International Partner for Publication Series on Positive Psychological Interventions

On the 9th of January 2017, Prof. Llewellyn E. van Zyl met with Stefan Einarson and Chris Wilbey at Springer Publications’ head office in Dordrecht, the Netherlands, to discuss a new publication series on Positive...Read article

High Performance Learning (HPL) research project to start in February 2017

Prof. Deborah Eyre (Oxford University), the developer of the High Performance Learning Theory in the UK, will be visiting Optentia during February 2017 (14-16 February) to assist Proff. Mirna Nel and Mary Grosser with the training...Read article

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Recent publications

January 2017

Employee engagement. In L.G. Oades, M.F. Steger, A. Delle Fave, & J. Passmore (Eds.).

The Wiley Blackwell handbook of the psychology of positivity and strengths-based approaches at work.

Upcoming events



Optentia Research Committee
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Training in Educational Technology (Indaba)
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Short Learning Programme in Research Design
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