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Psychological Science


Fall 2021 Events Schedule

Unless otherwise noted, Fall 2021 events will happen in Lentz Hall 232, the Psychological Science Laboratory.


Tuesday, Sept. 14

Welcome Back Social
Join Psychological Science students and faculty for an informal gathering to kick off the semester.

Tuesday, Sept. 28

Coffee & Conversation: Data Science & Psychology with Prof. Erlan Wheeler
11:30am-12:30pm on Zoom
Erlan Wheeler from Mathematics and Computer Science will join us virtually for an informal conversation on how psychology students can benefit from training in data science.


Monday, Oct. 4 - Wednesday, Oct. 6

The Aspire Conference
Explore, network, and ignite crucial career- and life-building skills. More info at

Sunday, Oct. 10

Virtual Group Advising
1:00-2:00pm, on Zoom
This event will offer the opportunity to receive advising on Psychological Science classes, the major, and career options. The event will be recorded. Contact your advisor to gain access to the recording.

Monday, Oct. 11

Sixth Annual Celebration of Mind
5:00-7:00pm, Straz Atrium
This year’s Celebration of Mind will explore The “Wisdom” of Crowds, featuring presentations by magician Joe Diamond, math professor Sara Jensen, and psychology professor Anthony Barnhart followed by a set of interactive demonstrations of magic, math, and illusion.

Tuesday, Oct. 12

Coffee & Conversation: MPA Preplanning
11:30am-12:30pm in LH 232 and on Zoom
As the deadline for Midwestern Psychological Association abstract submissions nears on November 2nd, we will discuss what you need to know before submitting your abstract or deciding to attend the conference.

Friday, Oct. 15

A conversation with Doug Bernstein
9:15-10:20am, Niemann Media Theater
An informal opportunity to chat with Dr. Douglas Bernstein prior to his colloquium talk at 11:45am.

Friday, Oct. 15

Colloquium: Doug Bernstein, Parenting & Teaching: What’s the Connection in our Classrooms?
11:45am-12:45pm, Student Union Auditorium
Livestreamed at
Much as parenting styles are associated with differing developmental outcomes, the behavior seen in students today is associated with the teaching style that they have most often encountered.

Tuesday, Oct. 19

Coffee & Conversation: Group Advising
This event will offer the opportunity to receive advising on Psychological Science classes, the major, and career options in an informal, group setting with multiple professors.


Tuesday, Nov. 2

Deadline for MPA Abstract Submissions
Details at

Thursday, Nov. 11

Psi Chi Induction Ceremony
4:00pm, Super Secret Location

Tuesday, Nov. 16

Coffee & Conversation: Marketing, Management, & Psychological Science with Prof. Mark Mrowiec
Mark Mrowiec from Marketing & Management will join us for an informal conversation on the points of contact between psychology and marketing/management.

Tuesday, Nov. 23

Virtual Colloquium: Thomas Fraps, Illusions, Magic, and the Aesthetics of the Impossible
11:30am-12:30pm on Zoom
Magician Thomas Fraps will explore the nature of magic’s playful mysteries and aesthetic impossibilities, contrasting them to aesthetic illusions of other art forms, as well as giving a glimpse on the psychological principles and strategies used by magicians to render their methods invisible.

Tuesday, Nov. 30

Coffee & Conversation: Open Discussion
No agenda; just conversation. An informal opportunity to connect with your peers.


Monday, Dec. 6

Theses Due to Department Chair
Submit thesis documents at

Friday, Dec. 10

Departmental Research Talk & Poster Session
4:00-6:00pm, Straz Atrium
Support your peers as they present the outcomes of their theses and faculty-sponsored research.

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