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Royce Conference

The Royce Conference, hosted by the Psychology Department, provides a showcase for research in the Psychology Department, as well as Psychology research in the broader university and Edmonton community. This conference includes talks and poster presentations. We invite graduate and undergraduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty members to present their work. All are welcome to attend, and we extend a special invitation to people beyond the Psychology Department. The conference is named in honour of Dr. Joseph R. Royce, who was Head of the Department of Psychology from 1960 to 1967 and Director of the Centre for Advanced Study in Theoretical Psychology from its foundation in 1966 until 1979.

Royce Abstract Submission Form (deadline has passed)


Day 1: March 23, 2017 (3:30pm - 5:30pm) (poster)

Day 2: March 24, 2017 (8:45am - 5:00pm) (poster)

Location: Edmonton Clinic Health Academy, Lower Level - Room 190 (ECHA L1 190) (map)

Program in Brief

Full Program Information

Keynote Speaker (on Friday, March 24)
Tony VolkDr. Tony Volk (Child and Youth Studies, Brock University). Dr. Volk is a developmental scientist interested in four related topics: parenting, bullying, personality, and evolutionary history.
Keynote Address: Bullying - A Multidisciplinary Viewpoint
Humans have evolved large brains to deal with complex social problems. It is therefore not surprising that bullying is a persistent, complex social problem that has proven challenging to understand. In order to try and study this complex problem I have adopted a multidisciplinary approach that involves evolutionary, cross-cultural, social, and developmental perspectives. I will discuss the value of a multidisciplinary perspective along with the results that I have obtained by combining different disciplinary tools and perspectives.

Invited Internal Speaker (on Friday, March 24)
Nancy GalambosDr. Nancy Galambos (Psychology, University of Alberta)
Invited Address: Highlights from the Edmonton Transitions Study: The Long and Short of It

Invited Symposium (on Friday, March 24 - Chair : Elena Nicoladis)
Outliers as Information: Have you ever been annoyed by that nasty data point seventeen standard deviations away from the mean? And then realized that actually that outlier was telling you something important?

New Events This Year

1. Opening Speaker (on Thursday, March 23)
Chip TaylorDr. Lloyd "Chip" Taylor (Psychology, Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina). Dr. Taylor is currently a Fulbright Canada-Palix Foundation Distinguished Research Chair for 2016-2017.
Opening Address: Knowledge and Resilience as Protective Factors for Bullying and Ostracism among Children and Adolescents with ADHD

2. Undergraduate Research Showcase and Reception (on Thursday, March 23)
We will showcase undergraduate research in a special poster session in the afternoon of Thursday, March 23. We invite undergraduate students to submit an abstract to present their research as part of this showcase. The best student poster will be recognized with an award. Look for the Undergraduate Research Showcase option when you submit your abstract.

3. Scientific Café (on Friday, March 24)
This format provides an opportunity for café presenters to engage in an informal and intimate discussion of their research during the main conference. Each presenter has four opportunities (12 minutes each, consisting of a short presentation followed by discussion) to describe their research to a small group of audience members who rotate through the presentations. Each café will be positioned in a separate location. Look for the Scientific Café option when you submit your abstract.

You may plan your cafe visits in advance with the Scientific Café Worksheet.

Organizing Committee

  • Wendy Hoglund
  • Jeremy Caplan
  • Peggy McFall
  • Nathan Wispinski
  • Tomi Ann Limcangco
  • Lillian Dick

Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Science, Alberta Family Wellness Initiative, Palix Foundation, Campus Alberta Neuroscience, Undergraduate Research InitiativeStarbucks and Beercade

Showcase: Tia McLean
Title: Cognition in Real-World Contexts: The P2 in Visually Complex Environments
Authors: T. K. McLean, J. E. M. Scanlon, A. Singhal & K. E. Mathewson (Department of Psychology, Faculty of Science, University of Alberta; Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta)
Sponsor: Undergraduate Research Initiative

Showcase: Stephanie Chiu
Title: Portrayal of ASD in Canadian Media: A Framing Analysis
Authors: S. Chiu (Faculty of Science, University of Alberta) & S. Hodgetts (Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Alberta)
Sponsor: Undergraduate Research Initiative

Showcase: Alyshia Skurdal
Title: Black-capped chickadee behavioural responses to mammalian and avian predators of varying threat levels
Authors: A. M. M. Skurdal (Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta), J. V. Congdon (Department of Psychology, University of Alberta), A. H. Hahn, (Department of Zoology, University of Wisconsin-Madison), C. A. Paszkowski (Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta), & Sturdy, C. B. (Department of Psychology, University of Alberta)
Sponsor: Undergraduate Research Initiative

Best Poster Presentation: Krystle-Lee Turgeon
Title: The relationship between eye-movement patterns in RAN and text reading in university students with and without dyslexia
Authors: K.-L. Turgeon, A. Altani, & P. Eberharter (Department of Educational Psychology, University of Alberta)
Sponsor: Beercade

Best Oral Presentation: Brenna Zatto
Title: Teacher-child relationship quality and children’s internalizing problems across preschool
Authors: B. Zatto & W. Hoglund (Psychology Department, University of Alberta)
Sponsor: Beercade

Previous Royce Conferences

Check out the best poster and best talk awards from previous Royce conferences.