Dept. of Psychology

The Canadian Association for Neuroscience (CAN) has elected Dr. Karim Nader, PhD, to receive an award at the 16th Annual Canadian Neuroscience Meeting. This honour is to celebrate his outstanding scientific achievements in the field of memory and cognition. Congratulations!

Published on: 15 May 2023

In the spring of 2020, Black young adults found themselves facing the most dangerous pandemic in a century and the largest civil rights protests in half a century, both of which disproportionately affected Black communities. This paper investigated whether the way Black young adults constructed their narratives regarding the events of the COVID‐19 pandemic and the BLM protests related to adjustment over time.

Published on: 15 May 2023

Teens in North America are spending several hours per day on screens, and there’s growing concern over how social media may affect their mental health.

Classified as: Department of Psychology
Published on: 11 Apr 2023

Measures of implicit associations are influential in prejudice research, illustrating how interpersonal beliefs can be shaped by automatic psychological processes. Unfortunately, how well these measures predict performance, their predictive power, is not well understood. A recent large-scale analysis of four commonly used implicit association measures that was led by Professor Jordan Axt aimed to identify the predictive ability of common measures of implicit bias and prejudice.

Published on: 6 Mar 2023

Negative self-schemas (i.e., maladaptive views of the self) are at the core of many common and debilitating mental disorders, including anxiety disorders. It is critical that interventions for these disorders target and change these schemas. A recent publication by Professor Signy Sheldon, Ph.D., David Moscovitch Ph.D., and Morris Moscovitch, Ph.D., provides a new memory-based neurocognitive framework for understanding mental disorders and suggests that this framework can lead to effective interventions that focus on modifying self-schemas.

Published on: 6 Mar 2023

The article, Stereotypes shape response competition when forming impressions, shows that top-down perceiver knowledge of cultural stereotypes interacts with bottom-up target facial features to influence impression formation.

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Published on: 13 Feb 2023

Dr. MacDougall is recognized as one of Canada's leading researchers on the psychology of deafness, and highly valued as a committed advocate for the needs and rights of Canadians with disabilities.

Published on: 13 Feb 2023

Mask-wearing has become the norm for many since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite their effectiveness in preventing the spread of viruses, opaque masks impair our ability to understand and convey emotions, a group of McGill University researchers has found.

Classified as: Masks, transparent masks
Published on: 18 Oct 2022

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

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