Welcome to the Department of Psychology at the University of Waterloo
Well, it’s that time of the year again—in the words of the Sinatra song “oh by gosh, by golly, it’s time for mistletoe and holly…“
We in Psychology wish everyone the best of the season, and hope that it is a happy time for you and your family and friends.
We also look forward to 2018 being a terrific year—productive, fun, and fulfilling for all!
On behalf of all of us in Psychology…
Colin MacLeod, Chair
Department of Psychology
Founded in the early 1960s, the Department has grown to become one of the most esteemed Departments of Psychology in Canada.
Our faculty and our graduate program are internationally renowned.
Stay connected, wherever you are!
- Nov. 20, 2017
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.
- Nov. 9, 2017
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.
- Oct. 23, 2017
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.
- Dec. 8, 2017
Dr. Daniel Ansari
Department of Psychology & Brain and Mind Institute, University of Western Ontario
Number symbols in brain and mind
Humans share with animals the ability to process numerical quantities in non-symbolic formats (e.g., collections of objects). Unlike other species, however, over cultural history, humans have developed symbolic representations (such as number words and digits) to represent numerical quantities exactly and abstractly.
- Feb. 9, 2018
Dr. Dov Cohen
University of Illinois, USA
details will follow
- Mar. 23, 2018
Dr. Felix Warneken
University of Michigan, USA
details will follow