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Royce-Harder Research Conference

Day 1
Royce-Harder Research Conference (Day 1 of 2)
Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Time : 3 pm - 5 pm
Loc: TBA

Day 2

Royce-Harder Research Conference (Day 2 of 2)
Date: Thursday, April 9, 2020
Time: 9 am - 5 pm
Loc: TBA 


We invite researchers in psychology and related fields to come and share your work at this exciting two-day event hosted by the University of Alberta’s Department of Psychology. Submissions will be
accepted for presentations in the following formats:

  1. Poster
    Posters will be scheduled in one of two poster sessions (Wednesday afternoon or Thursday noon). Presenters will stand by their poster for about an hour to explain their research to interested participants.
  2. Poster + Speed presentation
    Presenters will give a 3 minute talk summarizing key findings of a research project. Following the speed presentation, presenters will present a poster on the same project in one of the two poster sessions (see above), to discuss their research in more depth with interested participants.
  3. Talk
    Presenters will give a 10-12 minute talk, followed by 3-5 minutes for questions from the audience.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Dale Corbett, University of Ottawa






Bio: Dale Corbett is a Professor at the Brain and Mind Research Institute at the University of Ottawa. His research interests focus on neuroplasticity and rehabilitation following stroke. His research attempts to optimize natural post-stroke neuroplasticity processes to best enhance recovery of function.This includes the use of stem cells to reorganize brain circuitry, use of recovery promoting drugs, and examining the effects of diet and exercise on recovery of motor and cognitive function after stroke.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Invited Internal Speaker: Dr. Dana Hayward, University of Alberta

Dana HaywardTitle: Eye see you: Social attention in the lab, the real world, and across individuals

Abstract: Intuitively, people are often able to navigate social situations with relative ease. However, when one considers the complexity of various social environments and the difficulty in fully predicting potential outcomes, it becomes less clear what may be facilitating this ability. One important mechanism is attention, which acts to filter out irrelevant sensory information and direct one’s goals. I will discuss a program of research that examines this so-called ‘social attention’ within both laboratory and real-world contexts, as well as across different populations. During the talk, I will first present research investigating whether social information is prioritized as compared to non-social information, followed by a collection of studies aimed to determine whether individuals with reduced social functioning, namely those with an autism spectrum disorder or those high in autism traits, show altered attention in general, or specifically for social content. Finally, I will present research in which I measured social attention across contexts within the same individuals to determine whether social attentional processes differ in the lab as compared to real life. While much of the talk will focus on published work, I will also present findings from some of our recent investigations. Taken together, this body of work highlights the role of attention in complex social contexts, and opens up exciting new avenues of research.

Bio: Dana Hayward is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Alberta. Prior to joining the department in 2018, she was a postdoctoral fellow at Concordia University in Montréal, Québec, and completed her PhD and MSc in Psychology at McGill University. She is a cognitive neuroscientist with an interest in spatial attention, including how 'affective' stimuli (such as motivation/reward or people/eyes) influence attention. 

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