Speaker Series

You’re invited to our 1st Psychology Speaker of the fall term ~ Thursday, September 20, in Karp 105 at 12:45 pm

You’re invited to our 1st Psychology Speaker of the fall term ~ Thursday, September 20, in Karp 105 at 12:45 pm

The Union College Psychology Department Speaker Series and Honors Colloquium welcome
Christopher Chabris, Ph.D.
Professor, Geisinger Health System and Visiting Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study

for a public lecture entitled
The Invisible Gorilla: From the Classroom to the Real World, and Back Again

Thursday, September 20, 2018
12:45–1:50 PM • Karp 105
Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Inattentional blindness occurs when we fail to notice an object or event because we are paying attention to something else. We can fail to notice distinctive, lengthy, salient events that happen directly where we are looking, and people are generally unaware of this limitation on attention and perception. The “invisible gorilla” experiment reported by Simons and Chabris in 1999 has become a standard classroom demonstration of this phenomenon, and of the broader idea that people have poor intuitions about their own cognitive abilities. This talk will review the history of research on inattentional blindness, highlighting two aspects: (1) The involvement of undergraduate students and undergraduate courses in key aspects of our work, including new studies on the question of whether inattentional blindness is a human cognitive universal; and (2) The interplay between laboratory experiments on inattentional blindness and the application of the concept to real-world events, including criminal investigations and distracted driving.

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2018-19 Psychology Department Speaker Series

2018-19 Psychology Department Speaker Series

The Union College Psychology Department Speaker Series and Honors Colloquium welcome Christopher Chabris, Ph.D., Professor, Geisinger Health System for a public lecture on Thursday, September 20 from 12:45–1:50 PM in Karp 105. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

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Third Psychology Speaker Of The Spring Term ~ Thursday, May 17, in Karp 105 at 12:45 pm

Third Psychology Speaker Of The Spring Term ~ Thursday, May 17, in Karp 105 at 12:45 pm

The Union College Psychology Department Speaker Series and Honors Colloquium welcome Modupe Akinola, Ph.D. Sanford C. Bernstein and Co. Associate Professor of Leadership and Ethics, Columbia Business School for a public lecture entitled Collective Hormonal Profiles Predict Group Performance Thursday, May 17, 2017 12:45–1:50 PM • Karp 105 Lunch and refreshments will be provided.  ...

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Second Psychology Speaker Of The Spring Term ~ Thursday, April 26, in Karp 105 at 12:45 pm

Second Psychology Speaker Of The Spring Term ~ Thursday, April 26, in Karp 105 at 12:45 pm

The Union College Psychology Department Speaker Series and Honors Colloquium,  with support from the “Our Shared Humanities” grant to Union College by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, welcome Megan Sumeracki, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Rhode Island College   for a public lecture entitled Retrieval-Based Learning Strategies from the Laboratory to the Classroom Thursday, April 26 12:45–1:50 PM • Karp 105   Lunch and refreshments will be provided.   Decades of cognitive research can inform classroom learning. However, the research is not always translated...

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First Psychology Speaker Of The Spring Term ~ Thursday, April 5, in Karp 105 at 12:45 pm

First Psychology Speaker Of The Spring Term ~ Thursday, April 5, in Karp 105 at 12:45 pm

The Union College Psychology Department Speaker Series and Honors Colloquium, with support from the “Our Shared Humanities” grant to Union College by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, welcome Cedar Riener, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Randolph Macon College for a public lecture entitled Learning Styles: What they are, why they don’t exist, and why they still matter Thursday, April 5, 2018 12:45–1:50 PM • Karp 105 Lunch and refreshments will be...

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2017 – 2018 Psychology Department Speaker Series

2017 – 2018 Psychology Department Speaker Series

Thank you for attending the the Psychology Dept. & Honors Colloquium speaker series this year.

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First Psychology Speaker of the winter term ~ Thursday, January 11, in Karp 105 at 12:45 pm

First Psychology Speaker of the winter term ~ Thursday, January 11, in Karp 105 at 12:45 pm

The Union College Psychology Department Speaker Series and Honors Colloquium welcome  Eric Egan, Ph.D.  Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Union College  for a public lecture entitled Three-Dimensional Shape Perception Thursday January 11, 2017 12:45–1:50 PM • Karp 105  Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Computational neuroscience techniques are bridging the gap between photoreceptors and conscious visual perception. Within the realm of vision, everything from works by ‘Old Master’ painters to visual illusions provide inspirational stimuli for research. Utilizing...

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Final Psychology Speaker for the fall term ~ Thursday, Oct. 26, in Karp 105 at 12:45 pm

Final Psychology Speaker for the fall term ~ Thursday, Oct. 26, in Karp 105 at 12:45 pm

The Union College Psychology Department Speaker Series and Honors Colloquium welcome Nina Strohminger, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Legal Studies and Business Ethics Wharton School of Business and Center for Neuroscience and Society University of Pennsylvania for a public lecture entitled Who Gets To Be Happy? Thursday, October 26, 2017 12:45–1:50 PM • Karp 105 Lunch and refreshments will be provided. See attached flyer for more...

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3rd Psychology Speaker of the Fall term ~ Thursday, Oct. 12, in Karp 105 at 12:45 pm

3rd Psychology Speaker of the Fall term ~ Thursday, Oct. 12, in Karp 105 at 12:45 pm

The Union College Psychology Department Speaker Series and Honors Colloquium welcome Anthony Ritaccio, M.D. J. Spencer Standish Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery and Vice Chairman of the Department of Neurology, Albany Medical College for a public lecture entitled My Current Affair: Perspectives on Brain Mapping Across Three Centuries Thursday, October 12, 2017 12:45–1:50 PM • Karp 105 Lunch and refreshments will be provided. “A map is not the territory it represents, but, if correct, it has a similar structure to the territory, which accounts for its usefulness.” -Alfred Korzybski...

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1st Psychology Speaker of the Fall term ~ Thursday, Sept. 21, in Karp 105 at 12:45 pm

1st Psychology Speaker of the Fall term ~ Thursday, Sept. 21, in Karp 105 at 12:45 pm

The Union College Psychology Department Speaker Series and Honors Colloquium welcome Patrick Markey, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology, Villanova University   for a public lecture entitled Moral Combat: Why the War on Violent Video Games is Wrong   Thursday, September 21, 2017 12:45–1:50 PM • Karp 105   Lunch and refreshments will be provided.   “Boom! Head Shot!” the teenager screams into his headset as he racks up his ninth virtual kill during an online deathmatch in Call of Duty. In family rooms throughout the nation millions of children and adults are playing violent video games and have...

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2nd Psychology Speaker of the Fall term ~ Thursday, Sept. 28, in Karp 105 at 12:45 pm

2nd Psychology Speaker of the Fall term ~ Thursday, Sept. 28, in Karp 105 at 12:45 pm

The Union College Psychology Department Speaker Series and Honors Colloquium welcome Robert Pollard ’80, Ph.D. Professor and Associate Dean of Research, National Technical Institute for the Deaf Professor of Psychiatry, University of Rochester School of Medicine for a public lecture entitled The Misguided Search for a Psychology of the Deaf Thursday, September 28, 2017 12:45–1:50 PM • Karp 105 Lunch and refreshments will be provided. From the 4th century B.C. to today, hearing scholars have defined the phenomenology of the deaf experience, typically through imagination, cursory observation,...

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