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Founded in the early 1960s, the Department has grown to become one of the most esteemed Departments of Psychology in Canada.

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  1. Nov. 9, 2017People Who Value Virtue Show Wiser ReasoningHead shot of owl with one eye closed

    From romantic dramas to tensions at work, we’re often better at working through other people’s problems than our own—while we may approach our friends’ problems with wise, clear-eyed objectivity, we often view our own problems through a personal, flawed, emotional lens.

    But new research suggests that not everyone may struggle to reason wisely about their own personal problems. People who are motivated to develop the best in themselves and others don’t show this bias—they tend to reason just as wisely about their own problems as they do for others.

  2. Oct. 23, 2017UW Psychology Gambling Research LabTwo ladies playing slot machines

    Video can help you not get mugged by one-armed bandits

    Novice gamblers who watched a short video about how slot machines disguise losses as wins have a better chance of avoiding gambling problems, according to new research.

  3. Oct. 16, 2017Madison Stange awarded Alumni Gold Medal at the Master’s levelHeadshot of Madison Stange

    Each year at fall convocation, the Alumni Gold Medal is presented to a master’s and a doctoral student to recognize their academic excellence.  This year’s MA level award is being presented to Madison Stange from the CNS division.  The award winners are selected based on their record of scholarship, including evidence of originality and creativity.  According to her supervisor, despite having completed her MA this summer, she has already become one of the world’s leading experts on a hugely popular form of gambling – namely scratch cards.  She has already published four articles on the psychological and physiological impact of scratch cards on gamblers, with a number of other studies in the works.

                               Congratulations Madison! 

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  1. Dec. 8, 2017Department of Psychology 2017-2018 Colloquium Series

    Dr. Daniel Ansari  

    Western University, Canada

    details will follow


  2. Feb. 9, 2018Department of Psychology 2017-2018 Colloquium Series

    Dr. Dov Cohen

     University of Illinois, USA

    details will follow




  3. Mar. 23, 2018Department of Psychology 2017-2018 Colloquium Series

    Dr. Felix Warneken

    University of Michigan, USA

    details will follow 


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