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Lansdowne Lecture: Dr. James Russell

Dr. James Russell asks: Does human nature include an emotion signaling system? Two lines of research suggest not. (1) Recent studies in two remote societies (Papua New Guinea, Mozambique) found that most people do not match the emotion and face in the predicted way. (2) Various studies have documented the role of context (expresser’s body and situation, and experimental context) in what emotion is seen in a face. Rather than recognizing a pre-specified emotion from a facial expression, people interpret facial expressions in light of other information.

Building Children's Resilience in the Context of Collective Trauma

Abstract: Dr. Guzder will share the results of her research on a school-based project that was designed to respond to the collective trauma of a post-slavery society that struggles with high rates of violence. This project started in 2005 in inner city Kingston, Jamaica as a collaboration between the Universities of West Indies and McGill. Dr. Guzder first implemented the Dream a World (DAW) intervention with 30 high-risk children aged 8 to 12. The DAW resilience-promoting intervention addresses academic failure and disruptive behaviors with arts-based and remedial working groups. The success of the pilot project led to three years of Grand Challenges funding to implement the intervention in four additional schools with 100 children. In this presentation, Dr. Guzder also discusses challenges to implementing mental health prevention initiatives.

How I survived the Gay Rights Movement as a Trans Person of Color

How does white supremacy & transphobia show up within organizations that are seeking to create space for the LGBTQ community? Are organizations who use intersectional frameworks doing better than those that speak about the community as a cohesive entity? This talk will examine stories within activism, academia, the non-profit industry and more. In an effort to re-center the ways we imagine the impact of our work, attendees will delve into the differences between allyship and accompliceship and gauge where they, and their work, might fit on that spectrum. Attendees will have the opportunity to actively engage with the material, learn about themselves (and others), and gain valuable information and strategies to begin the work of dismantling oppressive work models in their personal and professional lives.

Bob Gifford: Psychology behind climate change

Robert Gifford (Psychology) spoke to CFAX radio last week about the psychology behind climate action. Gifford is a co-author on a recently released white paper, Social Mobilization: How to Encourage Action on Climate Change, that explains the psychological research and theories on why people adopt (or don't adopt) climate actions. CFAX UVic News

Clay Holroyd elected to Royal Society of Canada's College of New Scholars

Clay Holroyd is a Canada Research Chair in cognitive neuroscience. His primary research concerns how the brain selects and sustains extended sequences of effortful behaviour, such as how we follow through with a decision to jog up a steep mountain. He has produced 80 publications that have been cited more than 7000 times, and is well known for his commitment to mentoring a cadre of highly-qualified personnel

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