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Edwards Public Lectures Share Psychology with the Community

This spring, the Psychology Department shared the latest psychological advances with the greater Seattle community through the 13th Annual Edwards Public Lecture Series. More than 1,500 community members flocked to Kane Hall over the three-part series to learn through lecturers by prominent UW psychologists and distinguished visiting scholars. With topics ranging from aging and memory to college student alcohol abuse, each evening illustrated how psychological science optimizes human potential:

  • Drs. Mary Larimer of UW and Rob Turrisi of Penn State University discussed the antecedents and consequences of student alcohol misuse, as well as interventions for its prevention.
  • Drs. Sheri Mizumori of UW and Michael Yassa of UC Irvine explored new developments in memory function and Alzheimer’s disease, respectively, with an emphasis on interventions to improve how our brains age. 
  • Drs. Yuichi Shoda of UW and David Laibson of Harvard examined how modifying situational features surrounding one’s choices can lead to changes in behavior, and how we can engineer those changes to benefit ourselves and society. 

Learn more about the Edwards Public Lecture Series and view lecture videos here

This free, public series is made possible by generous bequests from Professors Allen L. Edwards and Roger B. Loucks.