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Royce-Harder Research Conference

Day 1
Brian Harder Honors Day and Undergraduate Psychology Research Showcase
Date: Thursday, April 4 2019
Time : 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Loc: TBA

Day 2

33rd Annual Joseph R. Royce Psychology Conference
Date: Friday, April 5 2019
Time: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Loc: TBA

Come and share your research through engaging talks and poster presentations during this exciting two-day event hosted by the Department of Psychology.

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(Deadline for Submissions: Friday, March 8th, 2019)

All of the exciting research in psychology being conducted at the University of Alberta is presented in the following engaging formats:
  1. Scientific Café
    This format provides an opportunity for café presenters to engage in an informal and intimate discussion of their research during the main conference. Presenters have three to four opportunities (10 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.

  2. Poster Presentation
    This format provides an opportunity for poster presenters to engage with conference attendees in an interactive setting, allowing them to get feedback and network with other scholars. Posters will be on display for the entire day and presenters will stand by their poster for about an hour to explain their research to interested participants.

  3. Short Talk
    This format provides an opportunity for talk presenters to share their research and main findings with the audience. Presenters will give a 10-12 minute talk, followed by 3-5 minutes for questions from the audience.

Brian Harder Honors Day and Undergraduate Psychology Research Showcase (Thursday April 5, 1:00pm - 2:00pm)

Keynote Speaker: TBA

Title: TBA
Abstract: TBA
Bio: TBA

Joseph R. Royce Psychology Conference (Friday April 6)

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Vonk, Oakland University

Jennifer Vonk Title: TBA
Abstract: TBA
Bio:Jennifer Vonk is a comparative cognitive psychologist who has conducted research on a wide variety of species, including amphibians, birds, bats, domestic cats and dogs, bears, nonhuman primates, and human children and adults. She graduated with her PhD in comparative psychology from York University, Canada in 2002 and previously held a faculty position at the University of Southern Mississippi before joining Oakland University in 2011. She has published over 100 empirical papers, book chapters, commentaries, and edited volumes, and has several editorial positions including Co-Editor-in-Chief for Animal Behavior and Cognition. She is a fellow of the Society for Behavioral Neuroscience and Comparative Psychology/Division 6 of the American Psychological Association. Her primary research interest is in understanding the selective pressures responsible for higher order cognition, such as abstraction, causal reasoning, and theory of mind. She is also interested in research that contributes to improving the welfare of captive species.

More information about Jennifer Vonk

Invited Internal Speaker: Dr. Roger A. Dixon (University of Alberta)

Roger DixonTitle: TBA
Bio: Roger A. Dixon (University of Alberta) is Professor of Psychology (Science) and a member of the Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute. He has held previous appointments at Max Planck Institute (Berlin) and University of Victoria (Canada), as well as several international guest positions (eg. Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm; Stanford Centre for Advanced Studies, California). His recent recognitions include a Canada Research Chair (Tier 1, 2003-2010, 2010-2017), the 2013-14 Baltes Award for Distinguished Career Research in Aging (from the American Psychological Association), and two U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) MERIT Awards. His research is conducted primarily in the context of two large-scale national and international projects. First, he is the PI and Director of the Victoria Longitudinal Study, which has been funded continuously for over 25 years by NIH and other sources and partners. It is a large-scale, multi-cohort, epidemiological study of neurocognitive, biological, biomedical, genetic, environmental, lifestyle, and functional changes affecting neurocognitive aging. Second, he is a PI of the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging, a multi-disciplinary nation-wide investigation of multiple neurodegenerative diseases. The CCNA is funded by CIHR and partners and deploys cutting edge technologies in the domains of biomarkers, neuroimaging, genetic, neurocognitive, intervention, and clinical approaches to understanding Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Current research emphases include examining (1) dynamic, interactive, and synergistic functions of risk, protective, and resilience biomarkers representing multiple domains of brain aging and dementia, (2) how these biomarkers influence preclinical trajectories, transitions and clinical outcomes in healthy, normal, impaired, and neurodegenerative changes, and (3) omics-based biomarker discovery, validation, and translation in neurodegenerative disease.

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