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April 26, 2017

Quack Chats featuring Dr. Paul Slovic

Syrian refugees at a railway station in Hungary (Alexandre Rotenberg, Shutterstock.com)

Dr. Paul Slovic will be giving a “Quack Chats” talk on Wednesday, April 26th at 6:00PM. The event will take place in the Falling Sky Pizzeria on campus (in the Erb Memorial Student Union building).

Dr. Slovic will be discussing his work on the emotional ‘numbing’ that is experienced when tragedies affect large numbers of people; “One death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.” The title of his talk is “Genocide and the Arithmetic of Compassion”. You can read more about the event in Around the O or attend at 6:00PM at Falling Sky Pizzeria.

April 18, 2017

28th Annual Fred Attneave Lecture, featuring Dr. Mara Mather

The 28th Annual Fred Attneave Lecture will be taking place Friday, April 21st at 2:30PM in room 101 of the Jaqua Academic Center.

This year’s speaker will be Dr. Mara Mather, PI of the Emotion and Cognition Lab and Professor of Gerontology and Psychology at the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, University of Southern California. Dr. Mather studies the role of emotions in memory and cognition and will be presenting her work in her talk, “During intense or emotionally arousing moments how does the brain know what to encode?“.

To learn more about Dr. Mather’s work please visit her lab website. See the flyer below for more details on the talk. We hope to see you there!

February 21, 2017

Professor Paul Slovic featured in Cascade Magazine

UO Psychology professor Paul Slovic at his desk.

Professor Paul Slovic is featured in the most recent edition of Cascade magazine, for his work on how vast numbers can lead to desensitization in the context of human tragedy. As Dr. Slovic explains on his website, “Due to psychic numbing, our sympathy for suffering and loss declines precipitously when we are presented with increasing numbers of victims.” Read more about how Dr. Slovic studies the “arithmetic of compassion” and how it can affect human behavior in the Cascade online magazine, page 29.

November 14, 2016

Joint Colloquium – Thursday, Nov. 17th

The department of psychology, Institute of Neuroscience, and Center for Translational Neuroscience at the University of Oregon are hosting a colloquium this Thursday, November 17th.

Dr. Sarah-Jayne Blakemore (professor of cognitive neuroscience, University College London) will be presenting her talk, Social brain development in adolescence. CTN, ION, and the psychology department welcome Dr. Blakemore and look forward to her presentation.

This talk is open to all who wish to attend. Join us from 3:30-5:00PM in Jaqua 101. Please see the below flyer for more details.

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November 2, 2016

Dr. Michael Posner Honored by the Franklin Institute

Faculty Emeritus Michael Posner

Professor Emeritus Michael Posner

Psychology Professor Emeritus Michael Posner has been awarded the 2017 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science. He was selected to receive this prestigious award for his pioneering use of brain imaging and reaction times to establish the field of cognitive neuroscience and further our understanding of the human mind. With this honor, Dr. Posner joins others recognized throughout history for progressing scientific advancement with their outstanding work, including Stephen Hawking, Jane Goodall, Thomas Edison, and Marie Curie. Click here to read more about Dr. Posner’s award, and the other Franklin Institute award recipients.