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  1. Nov. 27, 2017Geoff Fong inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of CanadaGeoff Fong on stage being inducted to the Royal Society of Canada


    Dr. Geoffrey Fong induction as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in Winnipeg on November 24, 2017.  Congratulations Geoff!


    Who are they? They are over 2000 Canadian scholars, artists, and scientists, peer-elected as the best in their field. The fellowship of the RSC comprises distinguished men and women from all branches of learning who have made remarkable contributions in the arts, the humanities and the sciences, as well as in Canadian public life.

  2. Nov. 20, 2017UWaterloo Psychology researchers part of $2.5 million SSHRC Partnership GrantHead shot of Hilary Bergsieker

    The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) just announced a $2.5 million Partnership Grant for a 7-year research initiative in support of gender equity in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.

    The Engendering Success in STEM research consortium is a unique partnership bringing together academic experts – including from UWaterloo’s Department of Psychology – on gender bias and diversity with elementary schools, camps, museums, universities, and industry leaders who share a commitment to increasing opportunities for girls and women in STEM.

    Professor Hilary Bergsieker of Waterloo’s Department of Psychology co-directs Project RISE, working closely with industry partners to identify and test science-based solutions for creating a gender-inclusive culture, enabling employees to work together effectively and to reach their fullest potential. She is leading initiatives to map the micro-networks of teams within these organizations to build a culture of inclusion from the ground up.

  3. 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.

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  1. Mar. 5, 2018A talk by Dr. Alex Koch, University of Cologne, GermanyHead shot of Dr. Koch

    Winner of the 2017 Society for Experimental Social Psychology Dissertation Award

    Why Good is More Alike than Bad: Implications for Classification, Generalization, Recognition, Social Comparison and Evaluation

  2. Mar. 6, 2018CMHR presents Dr. Jonathan D. Huppert from The Hebrew University of Jerusalemhead shot of Dr. Huppert

    Common and specific factors in CBT: Theory and research from studies in the treatment of anxiety

    The common vs. specific factors debate has been around for almost 90 years. Most advocates of CBT have suggested that common factors are necessary, but not sufficient. Others have argued that the Dodo Bird is alive and well, and that all treatments that are credible or bona fide yield similar results.

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

    Dr. Felix Warneken

    University of Michigan, USA

    details will follow 


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