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Psychological Science


Fall 2018 Events Schedule

(events take place in LH 232 unless otherwise specified)


Wednesday, Oct. 3

Department Meeting

Thursday, Oct. 4

Open Lab Meeting
2:30-4 p.m.
Is the Brain a Computer?: Dr. Barnhart’s lab group will be discussing a controversial essay by Robert Epstein arguing that the brain does not process information. (See Facebook page for more info)

Tuesday, Oct. 9

Coffee and Conversation
11:30 a.m.
Attachment and the Separation of Immigrant Families: Dr. Tiegel will lead a conversation on the consequences of separating children from their parents.

Wednesday, Oct. 17 *****POSTPONED TO OCt. 24*******

Snack ‘n Learn
4-5 p.m.
Forget Waldo! Where’s Odlaw? How We Can Find Objects We Are Unfamiliar With: Dr. Arryn Robbins shares her research on visual search and attention.

Tuesday, Oct. 23

Coffee and Controversy 
11:30 a.m.
Zimbardo!: What did we learn (or not learn) from Zimbardo’s Stanford Prison Experiment? Should it appear in textbooks? (See Facebook page for more info)

Fourth Annual Celebration of Mind
5-7 p.m. in the Straz Integrated Science Pavilion


 Tuesday, Nov. 6

MPA Abstract Deadline

Wednesday Nov. 7

Department Meeting

Tuesday, Nov. 13

Coffee and Conversation
11:30 a.m.
Koko, the Signing Gorilla: Koko died in June. While she was an icon in comparative psychology, what did we learn from her? Did Koko learn a language? (See Facebook page for more info)

Wednesday, Nov. 14

Snack and Learn
4-5 p.m.
Cell Phones in Class, Research on Impact and Classroom Policies: Professor Munk will discuss the methodologies and results of published research on cell phone use in class, share exploratory data collected on cell phone policies among Carthage professors, and suggest questions for future research that could be conducted here at Carthage.

Monday, Nov. 26

Psi Chi Induction Ceremony
4:30 p.m. in DSC 163 (The Sladek Science Forum)
Pizza at Kaiser’s to follow.

Tuesday, Nov. 27

Coffee and Controversy
11:30 a.m.
Learning Styles: The notion that individuals have preferred learning styles is ubiquitous in education, but what does the evidence say? This meeting is open to people of all learning styles. (See Facebook page for more info)


Monday, Dec. 3

Senior Theses due to Dr. Cameron by noon

Friday, Dec. 7

Departmental Talk and Poster Session
4-6 p.m. in the Straz Integrated Science Pavilion 

Ugly Sweater Party
6:15 p.m.
Join us in the lab for cookies after the Poster Session!

Tuesday, Dec. 11

Coffee and Conversation
11:30 a.m.
Come to the lab and enjoy some puzzles and games.

Wednesday, Dec. 12

Introduction to Psychological Science Poster Session
1-3 p.m. in the Straz Integrated Science Pavilion


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