This fall, UBC Psychology Instructor Steven Barnes will be delivering his award-winning instruction to students from over 150 countries. Barnes developed six free Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) that are designed to prepare students for the Advanced Placement (AP)® Psychology exam.
Through the lens of adult neurogenesis, Dr. Jason Snyder’s lab explores how the brain stores information and uses it to guide future behaviour. Learn how Dr. Snyder developed an interest in this fascinating research–and about the research taking place in the lab.
Dr. Peter Suedfeld’s latest research gets a boost from the Canadian Space Agency to support a multi-centre, multi-investigator research project that investigates the psychological aspects of isolation inherent to spaceflight.
The Early Development Research Group (EDRG) advances knowledge of how language, learning, and social understanding develop in infants and children. Learn more about the EDRG, its six research centres, and how this unique collaboration is making science fun for kids.
Dr. Janet Werker is the first UBC professor to win the Gold Medal Award, the highest research honour from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Learn more about her pioneering discoveries in children’s language acquisition and a new era of language science at UBC.
On September 30, 2015, UBC launched a year of Centennial celebrations. The year 2015 also marks a historical time for psychology at the university; it’s the 100th anniversary of when the first psychology class was offered. Explore our timeline for a glimpse of the past.
Frequently Asked Questions
Everything you need to know to both apply to and graduate through the UBC Psychology Program. Click here for FAQ >>
Learn first-hand about the leading research being conducted at UBC Psychology. Includes HSP information.
UBC welcomes therapy dogs for some student snuggle time
Join us for Doggy De-stress at UBC! Take a moment to de-stress by hanging out with some therapy dogs. September 20, 2016 | 10:30-noon | AMS Nest, Lev Bukhman Lounge (Level 4) Studies have shown that therapy-dog visits alleviate stress and improve health and well-being. Dogs are popular visitors in hospitals, senior centres, airports–and now universities. Many universities bring in therapy dogs […]
New research: THC makes rats lazy, less willing to try cognitively demanding tasks
New research from the Department of Psychology at UBC suggests there may be some truth to the belief that marijuana use causes laziness— at least in rats. The study, published today in the Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, found that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, makes rats less willing to try a cognitively […]
Building international ties to investigate the role of social relationships and health
Faculty and graduate students from the Department of Psychology’s health area recently travelled to Berlin to establish new ties with several research teams. At the core of the visit was a two-day workshop at the Free University of Berlin (FUB). The workshop, a first of its kind, explored the role of social relationships for health outcomes […]
Portrait of a PhD: Ashley Whillans and the benefits and barriers of buying happier time
How do our choices about time and money relate to happiness? Looking for answers in her doctoral work, UBC Psychology PhD student Ashley Whillans works with the White House Social Behavioral Sciences Team in Washington, DC to explore how time incentives influence job performance and satisfaction. She further collaborates with start-up companies like MyBestHelper and YouEarnedIt to explore the impacts of the sharing economy and […]
Faculty in Focus: Lillian May brings her love of teaching to the classroom
Lillian May, one of the new Lecturers in the Department of Psychology, didn’t intend to become a full-time teacher. After teaching just one class, she has never looked back. “Teaching is one of my great joys,” say May. “I love getting to know my amazing students, inspire them, and build on my own knowledge.” Since 2009 […]
Q&A with Dr. Sheila Woody: Why people hoard and how to provide compassionate help
Hoarding has been the subject of popular reality TV shows, but it’s a serious disorder that threatens people’s safety and can even land them on the streets. UBC psychologist Sheila Woody offers insight into why people hoard, and how we can find compassionate ways to help them and their loved ones cope. Why study hoarding? […]
UBC Psychology researchers receive CIHR support to advance their research
UBC Psychology professors Liisa Galea, Jason Snyder and Catharine Winstanley are among UBC’s health researchers who have received Project Grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). From exploring new drug treatment for cognitive impairments caused by traumatic brain injury – to decision making in the adult brain – to how pregnancy affects the aging brain, the following […]
New UBC MOOCs bring free psychology courses to students across the globe
Beginning this fall, UBC Psychology Instructor Steven Barnes will be delivering his award-winning instruction to students from over 150 countries. With a self-described eclectic approach to teaching, Barnes explores new ways of sharing knowledge by bridging storytelling and technology. For example, to help students learn science he developed chalkboard-based stop-motion animations and videos to animate […]
The surprising psychological benefits— and risks— of Pokémon Go
Pokémon Go fever has officially taken over. Nintendo’s new augmented reality smartphone game is enticing millions of players to get outside and walk around in search of characters, and is reportedly helping people with depression and social anxiety. Two UBC psychology professors, Luke Clark and Amori Mikami, explain why the game has become so popular, […]