What is the key to happiness? Is it family relationships? Wealth? Job satisfaction? Helping others? Perhaps we need to spend more time in nature, and less time in cities. And is happiness a universal feeling, or are there significant differences in the experience of it based on culture, age or other factors? There are so many ideas about where happiness comes from, yet many of us still struggle to find it. Are some people simply hardwired to be happy and others not, or is it a state of mind that can be consciously pursued?

Shiral Tobin – Producer of CBC’s The Early Edition

Elizabeth Dunn – Associate Professor, UBC Department of Psychology
John Innes – Dean, UBC Faculty of Forestry; Forest Renewal BC Chair in Forest Management
Holman Wang, BEd(Elem)’95, MASA’98, LLB’05 – Children’s Author and Illustrator
Jiaying Zhao – Canada Research Chair in Behavioral Sustainability; Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology and Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, UBC

Relevant Books and Articles at UBC Library

Willingham, D. T., & Dunn, E. W. (2003). What neuroimaging and brain localization can do, cannot do, and should not do for social psychology. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 85(4), 662. [Link]

Dunn, E. W., & Weidman, A. C. (2015). Building a science of spending: Lessons from the past and directions for the future. Journal of Consumer Psychology, 25(1), 172-178. doi:10.1016/j.jcps.2014.08.003 [Link]

Yu, R. Q., & Zhao, J. (2015). The persistence of the attentional bias to regularities in a changing environment. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, doi:10.3758/s13414-015-0930-5 [Link]

Mani, A., Mullainathan, S., Shafir, E., & Zhao, J. (2013). Poverty impedes cognitive function. Science, 341(6149), 976-980. doi:10.1126/science.1238041 [Link]

UBC Library Research Guides



This session is appropriate for students conducting literature reviews in any discipline.
Topics include
… what is a literature review?
… finding the right databases
… search strategies for databases
… finding scholarly articles, theses and dissertations, books, and more
… resources to help you keep track of your research.
There will be plenty of hands-on time for searching, and assistance from the two presenting librarians.



Dr. Linda Siegel of the UBC Faculty of Education

“Understanding Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities”

February 20, 2014 – 4.00PM to 5.30PM at the Brighouse Branch of the Richmond Public Library (RPL)

understanding-dyslexia-square Dr. Linda Siegel’s latest research in Understanding Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities addresses how our educational system has failed to identify many children with learning disabilities and calls for the adoption of straightforward diagnostic techniques so that treatment options can be implemented at a young age. Many children who struggle with learning become discouraged in the classroom and isolated from their peers. Many adults whose learning disabilities were not recognized in school suffer from deep feelings of inadequacy that often prevent them from developing close relationships, finding rewarding employment, or living happily.

In this talk, Linda Siegel challenges the use of complex and time-consuming testing that is currently used to diagnose learning disabilities. In their place, she outlines simple and pragmatic techniques for testing for disabilities in reading, mathematics, spelling, and writing. Linda_headshot Dr. Siegel gives first-hand accounts of people living with learning disabilities, case studies from literature, and profiles of highly accomplished individuals who have achieved success despite their learning disabilities. Their stories encourage people with learning challenges and those who support them to recognize and nurture each person’s special talents. Understanding Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities implores families, teachers, and other educational professionals to provide resources and services for all those struggling with learning so that no more lives are compromised.


Speaker Bio: Linda Siegel is the Dorothy Lam Chair in Special Education at the University of British Columbia.   Linda Siegel is an eminent psychologist and educator and is an internationally respected authority on reading and learning disabilities.

Richmond Public Library (Brighouse Branch), 7700 Minoru Gate #100 Richmond, BC V6Y 1R8



Introduction to PsycINFO

  • Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 at 11:00AM – 12:00PM
  • Type: Workshop
  • Series: Sciences Workshop Series
      Graduate Student Workshop Series
  • Location: Woodward Library Computer Lab – Room B25
  •  Woodward Library – Event Facilities & LabsClick here for map
  •  Point Grey Campus
  • Description: An introduction to searching PsycINFO. PsycINFO contains citations and summaries of journal articles, book chapters, books,technical reports, and dissertations, all in the field of psychology and psychological aspects of related disciplines – medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology, linguistics, anthropology, sport, business, and law. Nearly 500 new references are added each month.

Click here to register: http://elred.library.ubc.ca/libs/dashboard/view/3930

UBC Psychology Department’s  Will Gervais and Ara Norenzayan’s recent article in Science has been very widely reported in news media and on the web in general.

For your convenience, here’s a link to the full text of the article that has interested tens of thousands of people over the past week.
Will M. Gervais and Ara Norenzayan. Analytic Thinking Promotes Religious Disbelief. Science 336, 493 (2012). DOI: 10.1126/science.1215647



Census GIS is the topic for this month’s GIS Users Group meeting.  Tom Brittnacher, the GIS Librarian, will be talking about how to get census data and geographic boundaries out of SimplyMap and Abacus, and into GIS.

Wednesday, March 28
3:00 – 4:00 PM
Koerner Library, Level 2, Room 216

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