Dept. of Psychology

McGill undergraduates have a unique opportunity to expand their climate science literacy and acquire tools for taking action to reduce the impacts of the unfolding climate crisis.

Registration is now open to students in every program for FSCI 198: Climate Crisis and Climate Actions, a new undergraduate course featuring a team of multi-disciplinary instructors who will present diverse perspectives on the scientific and social dimensions of climate change.

Published on: 14 Jul 2022

Using anti-inflammatory drugs and steroids to relieve pain could increase the chances of developing chronic pain, according to researchers from McGill University and colleagues in Italy. Their research puts into question conventional practices used to alleviate pain. Normal recovery from a painful injury involves inflammation and blocking that inflammation with drugs could lead to harder-to-treat pain.

Classified as: chronic, acute, pain, inflammation, anti-inflammatory, drugs, Steroids
Published on: 11 May 2022

Since the onset of the worldwide pandemic, face masks have been widely adopted to control the spread of COVID-19. While masks are critical for mitigating disease contagion, they hide parts of our faces which are used for nonverbal communication to express our emotions and intentions.

Classified as: mcgill research, Jelena Ristic, Sarah McCrackin, Department of Psychology, Laboratory for Attention and Social Cognition, Emotions, covid-19, face masks, facial expressions
Published on: 21 Feb 2022

Older adults are more willing to help others compared to younger adults but will prioritize those within their own country – particularly when it comes to donating to charity. This group was also more compliant with public health guidelines for physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a team of international researchers.

Classified as: prosocial, Behavior, covid-19, donating, helping, cooperating, generosity, physical distancing, compliance, Jonas Nitschke
Published on: 12 Oct 2021

Stress increases people’s tendency to avoid cognitively demanding tasks, without necessarily altering their ability to perform those tasks, according to new research from McGill University.

“Generally speaking, people are demand-averse,” says Ross Otto, an assistant professor of psychology at McGill and the senior author of a recent paper in Psychological Science. “[Our study showed] stress increases that aversion.”

Published on: 24 Sep 2021

Milton Riaño, McGill’s Climate Change Artist-in-Residence, will curate the Faculty of Science’s Bicentennial Science/Art Exposition, billed as a “celebration of science in all its forms”.

The art show organizers are calling on all members of the McGill community to submit works in any medium, expressing what science means to them.

The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2021.

Published on: 30 Aug 2021

The high stakes of first dates require would-be partners to make and interpret first impressions. But, can we rely on these first impressions to accurately assess someone’s personality? According to researchers from McGill University, the answer is yes, although it may be more difficult than in more casual settings.

Classified as: first, dates, impressions, well-being, personality, romantic interest, Lauren Gazzard Kerr, Lauren Human
Published on: 9 Feb 2021

The Faculty of Science is celebrating McGill’s 200th anniversary with a student art exhibition on the theme of “Science!”. McGill students at all levels and all faculties are invited to submit works in any medium, expressing what science means to them.

Faculty of Science bicentennial committee member, Torsten Bernhard, says the aim of the exhibition is to celebrate science in all its forms.

Published on: 12 Jan 2021

Psychology researchers at McGill University have used network science – a mathematical technique for revealing connections and patterns – to gain novel insights into Montrealers’ experience of using French and English.

The unique approach has brought to light subtle differences as to which social settings Montreal bilinguals discuss certain topics and whether they use French, English or both languages to discuss those topics.

Published on: 8 Oct 2020

Debbie Moskowitz of McGill University is the 2020 recipient of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) Gold Medal Award for Distinguished Lifetime Contributions to Canadian Psychology. This award is presented to recognize CPA Members or Fellows who have given exceptional and enduring lifetime contributions to Canadian Psychology during their career.

Published on: 3 Jun 2020

By Morgan Sweeney

If you had told me five years ago that I would graduate college with a science degree, I would have said you were crazy. Sixteen-year-old Morgan thought science was dry textbooks and boring labs, too much work for things that would never affect her life. Until January 29th, 2017, when a serious knee injury forever transformed my relationship to science.

Published on: 29 Apr 2020

The same brain-chemical system that mediates feelings of pleasure from sex, recreational drugs, and food is also critical to experiencing musical pleasure, according to a study by McGill University researchers published today in the Nature journal Scientific Reports.

Classified as: music, brain, drugs, chemistry, sex, Scientific Reports, opioids, Levitin
Published on: 8 Feb 2017

When two people smell the same thing, they can have remarkably different reactions, depending on their cultural background. Researchers at the Neuro have found that even when two cultures share the same language and many traditions, their reactions to the same smells can be different.

Classified as: olfactory system, smell, france, Quebec, cognitive, neuroscience, Jelena Djordjevic
Published on: 21 Nov 2016

By Cynthia Lee

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Everyone marches to the beat of their own drum: From walking to talking to producing music, different people’s movements occur at different speeds.

Classified as: music, Movement, caroline palmer, march, society and culture, beat, drum, speed, rhythm, coordination, Anna Zamm, Chelsea Wellman, Journal of Experimental Psychology
Published on: 9 Feb 2016

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