A series of intriguing talks and scientific inspiration.
Annually the Department of Psychology hosts a Colloquium Series throughout the academic year. This exciting program brings us together outside of the classroom to have conversations with our faculty and students and the speakers we’ve invited to our campus to share their ideas.
In our Fall 2014 series, the UBC community had the chance to hear from international speakers on a wide range of topics. These topics covered affect contagion, emotion form and function, and social ties and health. And our very own Prof. Janet Werker presented on the biological constraints and experiential influences in becoming a native listener.
Thank you to everyone that attended these talks and joined in the conversation. If you missed them, these intriguing talks were captured and can still be seen. Visit the Department of Psychology’s website to see the presentations and to hear the audio. Be sure to mark your calendars as 2015 will bring an equally exciting colloquium series.
Hope to see you there!
Kiley Hamlin and Toni Schmader
UBC Psychology Colloquium Committee
On October 22, 2014 Prof. Kiley Hamlin took part in the sold-out event Educating the Heart in the Early Years: A Dialogue with the Dalai Lama at UBC’s Chan Centre for Performing Arts.
This unique dialogue featured a keynote address by the Dalai Lama and a panel of leading researchers from UBC who discussed the science behind the Dalai Lama’s belief that consciously teaching children to be compassionate and altruistic in their earliest years has a profoundly positive effect on their social, emotional and spiritual well-being throughout life.
Dr. Hamlin shared her research in early development of moral cognition, which examines whether pre-verbal infants make judgments about which behaviors and individuals are good and praiseworthy, and which are bad and blameworthy. Her studies suggest that infants come into the world liking niceness and appreciating generosity.
Photos courtesy of Martin Dee and Michael Krausz.
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