A series of intriguing talks and scientific inspiration.

Annually, the Department of Psychology hosts a colloquia series throughout the academic year. This program brings us together outside of the classroom to have conversations with our faculty and students and the speakers we’ve invited to our campus to share their ideas. You’ll have the chance to hear from international speakers on a wide range of provocative topics.

2023 | 2024 Colloquia

UBC Homecoming: September 23, 2023: Dr. Antonya Gonzalez, Western Washington University, on Parent and child beliefs about social inequality

Quinn Memorial Lecture: October 11, 2023: Dr. Barbara Landau, Johns Hopkins University, on Geometry and function in spatial terms: Core and More

January 25, 2024: Dr. Yuanyuan Jiang, University of British Columbia CANCELLED!

February 29th, 2024: Dr. Hyowon Gweon, Stanford University

March 7th, 2024: Shahzeen Attari, Indiana University

March 14th, 2024: Theodore Robles, University of California, Los Angeles

March 21st, 2024: Mimi Lijeholm, University of California, Irvine 

April 4th, 2024: Daphne Bavelier, Geneva University CANCELLED!

September 26th, 2024: Sy-Miin Chow, Pennsylvania State University RESCHEDULED!

2022 | 2023 Colloquia

September 24, 2022: Dr. Julia Kam on Thinking about thinking: the neural basis of internal attention | UBC Homecoming

September 29, 2022: Dr. Evan Kleiman, Rutgers University, on How can technology improve how we predict and prevent suicidal thoughts and behavior?

October 6, 2022: Dr. Mariam Aly, Columbia University, on How hippocampal memory shapes, and is shaped by, attention

November 3, 2022: Dr. Mark Brandt, Michigan State University, on COVID-19 as a real-world test of psychological theories of threat and politics

February 9, 2023: Dr. Christine Chambers, Dalhousie University, on From Evidence to Influence: Making a Difference for Children in Pain

March 9, 2023: Dr. Tamara Bodnar, UBC, on A translational approach to exploring the impact of prenatal alcohol exposure on health: From pre-clinical models to Indigenous community partnerships

March 23, 2023: Dr. Alice Kim on Fostering community and connection in the classroom: Insights from research on online, in-person, blended, and hybrid flexible learning contexts

April 13, 2023: Dr. Jessica Kay Flake, McGill University, on Integrating rigorous measurement into methodological reform

2021 | 2022 Colloquia

September 29, 2021: Interview with Dr. Daniel Kahneman on his book NOISE

October 7, 2021: Dr. Daniel Lakens on The New Heuristics, and Good Statistics

October 14, 2021: Dr. Anthony Ong on Positive Emotions as Resilience and Vulnerability: Implications for Healthy Aging

March 3, 2022: Dr. Stephanie Fryberg on Omission as the Modern Form of Bias Against Indigenous Peoples

March 24, 2022: Dr. Viji Sathy on Cultivating Inclusive Experiences In Our Classrooms, Curriculum, and on Our Campuses

March 31, 2022: Dr. Jeffrey Ansloos on Manitou2Manido: Mental health and healing with Indigenous queer, trans and Two Spirit young people

Quinn Memorial Lecture | May 17, 2022: Dr. Lynn Nadel on Brain Development and the Emergence of Learning and Memory in Humans and Other Animals

POSTPONED to 2023: Dr. Hyo Gweon

2020 | 2021 Colloquia

September 17, 2020: Dr. Tom Griffiths on Modeling cognitive processes as the rational use of limited resources

October 29, 2020: Dr. Ted Beauchaine on Environmental adversity and suicidal behaviors in adult men and preadolescent girls with ADHD: Implications for prevention

February 25, 2021: Dr. Daphna Shohamy  CANCELLED!

March 11, 2021: Dr. Eric Landrum on Pathways After the Psychology Bachelor’s Degree: What We Know, What We Know We Don’t Know, and What’s Next

April 15, 2021: Dr. Michele Gelfand on The Secret Life of Social Norms: From Nations to Neurons

2019 | 2020 Colloquia

September 5, 2019: Dr. Carey Morewedge on Evidence that One-Shot Training Interventions Can Improve Decision Making

September 26, 2019: Dr. Kathleen Gates on Applications of data-driven methods for studying dynamic processes

October 24, 2019: Dr. Zachary Walsh on Cannabis Revised: Legalization, Mental Health, and Public Health

February 6, 2020: Dr. Niall Bolger on Causal Processes in Psychology are Heterogeneous

March 12, 2020: Dr. Eli Finkel on The All-Or-Nothing Marriage

March 20, 2020: Dr. Jenny Saffran on Learning to understand: Statistical learning and infant language development

2018 | 2019 Colloquia

February 28, 2019: Dr. Brian Nosek on Shifting incentives from getting it published to getting it right

March 15, 2019: Dr. Athena Aktipis on How generosity, cheating, and exploitation shape our world, from human social groups to cellular societies

April 16, 2019: QUINN MEMORIAL LECTURE | Dr. Richard Aslin on Learning and attention in infants: The importance of prediction in development

2017 | 2018 Colloquia

September 28, 2017: Dr. Joseph Simmons on Life After P-Hacking

November 2, 2017: QUINN MEMORIAL LECTURE | Dr. Robert T. Knight on Insights into Human Cognition from Direct Brain Recording

November 9, 2017: Prof. Sue Frantz on Technology for Academics: Essential Tools for Teaching

January 25, 2018: Dr. Jennifer Tackett on Who knows what about a kid? Adventures in measuring child personality

March 8, 2018: Dr. Kate McLaughlin on Neurodevelopmental Mechanisms linking Environmental Experience with the Onset of Psychopathology

March 22, 2018: Dr. James MacKillop on Applying behavioural economics and neuroeconomics to understand addiction: a translational approach

March 29, 2018: Dr. Jens Pruessner on Bidirectional effects of early life adversity on stress system regulation – in search for a comprehensive theory

April 19, 2018: Dr. Jeffrey Mogil on Pain in Mice and Men: Ironic Adventures in Translation

September 27, 2018: MICHAEL CHANDLER LECTURE | Dr. Lisa Feigenson on Constraints and flexibility in early quantification: Insights from infancy

2016 | 2017 Colloquia

September 15, 2016: MICHAEL CHANDLER LECTURE | Dr. Nancy Eisenberg on Children’s Effortful Self-Regulation: Conceptualization and Relations to Adjustment and Maladjustment

October 20, 2016: Dr. Michael Miller on Barack Obama, John Dean & Other Criterion Shifters

November 3, 2016: Dr. Jane Risen on Believing What We Know Isn’t So: Acquiescence to Superstitious Beliefs and Other Powerful Intuitions

November 10, 2016: QUINN MEMORIAL LECTURE | Dr. Ellen Bialystok on Lifelong Bilingualism: Reshaping Mind and Brain

January 12, 2017 : Dr. Regan Gurung on Cultivating Learning: Capitalizing on Psychological Science

February 16, 2017: Dr. William Cunningham on The Inevitability of Prejudice?

March 2, 2017: Dr. Rena Repetti on Putting Family Relationships under the Microscope

March 23, 2017: Dr. John Cacioppo on Social Neuroscience Through the Lens of Social Isolation

March 30, 2017: Dr. Jeremy Biesanz on What have we Learned from New Analytical Models of Interpersonal Perception?

April 6, 2017: Dr. Kent Berridge on Brain Generators of Delight, Desire, and Dread

2015 | 2016 Colloquia

October 15, 2015: Dr. Kate Keenan on Testing the hypothesis that prenatal stress confers risk for psychopathology in the offspring via the randomized controlled trial

November 5, 2015: Dr. Kenneth Craig on Putting the social in the biopsychosocial model of pain

December 1, 2015: Dr. Naomi Eisenberger on Ties that reject, ties that protect: The social neuroscience of social rejection and social support

January 21, 2016: Dr. Mark Mattson on Maintaining optimal brain function throughout life requires effort

March 8, 2016: Dr. Beate Ditzen on Neuroendocrine Modulators of Social Behavior and Stress Responses in Couples

March 24, 2016: Dr. Dan Willingham on The treacherous path from basic to applied science: The case of education

April 7, 2016: MICHAEL CHANDLER LECTURE | Dr. Karen Adolph on Learning to move

2014 | 2015 Colloquia

September 16, 2014: Dr. Janet Werker on Becoming a native listener: Biological constraints and experiential influences

October 2, 2014: Dr. Adam Anderson on Emotion Form and Function

October 30, 2014: Dr. Bert Uchino on Social Ties and Health: Insights from a Broad Perspective on Relationship Positivity and Negativity

November 13, 2014Dr. Wendy Berry Mendes on Affect contagion: How stress and emotions are caught by strangers and close others

January 15, 2015: Dr. Mitch Prinstein on Predicting Adolescent Suicidal Behavior

January 29, 2015: Dr. Emilio Ferrer on Statistical and exploratory models for studying dynamics in social interactions

February 10, 2015: MICHAEL CHANDLER LECTUREDr. Susan Gelman on Origins of Essentialist Reasoning

March 5, 2015: Dr. Joseph Henrich on On the Origins of WEIRD People (Or, why psychology should become a historical science)

April 14, 2015: Dr. Dana Dunn on Emerging Issues in the Teaching of Psychology

2013 | 2014 Colloquia

October 17, 2013: Dr. Charles Carver on Dual-Process Models and Serotonergic Function: What Depression and Impulsive Aggression Have in Common

October 31, 2013: Dr. Markus Heinrichs on Social Hormones in the Human Brain: Psychobiological Mechanisms and Clinical Implication

December 5, 2013: Dr. Regina Sullivan on Neurobiology of Attachment: Lessons from an animal model

February 27, 2014: Dr. Nathan Kuncel on Fact and Fiction in Intelligence Testing

March 13, 2014: Dr. Art Kramer on A Tale of Two Training Strategies: Enhancing Cognition and Brain Function

March 27, 2014: Dr. Diane Halpern on Teaching for Critical Thinking: The Why of Higher Education

April 10, 2014: MICHAEL CHANDLER LECTURE | Dr. Carol Dweck on Mindsets and Human Nature: Implications for Achievement, Aggression, Altruism, and Willpower

May 2, 2014: Dr. Steven Hinshaw

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