Another Successful Undergraduate Psychology Conference

The 2016-2017 Honours Thesis Class, with Dr. Clark, Chair and Professor of Psychology (Image credit: K. Pappas)

The Department of Psychology hosted the 36th annual Prairie Undergraduate Research Conference on 21 April 2017. There were a total of 37 spoken and 4 poster presentations. More than the usual number were by UWinnipeg students given the delayed school year at U of Manitoba. The UWinnipeg students will be graduating with a BA Honours in Psychology or a BSc Honours in Biopsychology.

As usual, students did an excellent job summarizing their independent research projects. Students presented on a wide variety of topics. Here are a few representative titles:

Time Perception: Predictable versus Unpredictable Threat

How Bilinguals Process Spoken Words

Motivation and the Effects of Self‑Compassion on Risk‑Taking

Vision and Action During a Reaching and Grasping Task

Visual Attention and Memory in Struggling Readers: Are Anomalies Revealed in EEG N2PC and SPCN?

Startling Difference Between Humans and Rats

To see more about the presentations, including abstracts, follow the 2017 Conference link on the homepage of this website.

Following lunch, Dr. Mike Dixon from the University of Waterloo (the other UW) made an excellent presentation on how slot machines are designed to keep people gambling. In addition to all the bells and whistles, they include misleading information, such as disguising “Losses as Wins.” For example, players will be led to believe they “won” 25 cents, although they actually lost 50 cents because their original bet was 75 cents.

A reception in the University Club followed the talk and gave an opportunity for students and faculty to relax, interact with one another, discuss presentations by students and the guest speaker, and talk about student plans for the future (e.g., graduate school, professional programs, work). A fitting end to an excellent day and another demanding but rewarding academic year. ~Dr. Jim Clark, Chair and Professor, Psychology