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Published: 12/08/2011

Winter 2011

Greetings from the Chair

Photo of Sheri MizumoriThe 2011-2012 academic year started off with a tremendous amount of energy and excitement, following on the heels of a record year in which nearly 3,300 students were enrolled in Psychology 101, making it the most popular course on campus. We also continue to grow our upper division course offerings to accommodate our almost 1000 majors. The diversity of our undergraduate population includes a large number of impressive transfer students, many of whom are featured in this issue. Read more from Sheri Mizumori.

Psychology Transfer Students: "We are the Twenty-five Percent!"

Photo of TrIG transerfers"The Psych TrIG really does become your own little community," says a student in the Psychology Transfer and Returning Student Interest Group, known as Psych TrIG. The group brings together pre-psychology majors in weekly class meetings that aim to provide the students with an in-depth orientation to the Psychology Department and the major. This fall the group doubled in size and has adopted the lecture/quiz section model, with breakout sessions following the weekly meetings. Read more.

Upcoming Edwards Lectures

Since 2004, the Psychology Department has hosted the Edwards Lecture Series, an annual public lecture series through which world-renowned leaders in a variety of psychology subdisciplines join our faculty for three evening lectures on important issues facing our society. The year, the series, to be held in February-March 2012, will address Understanding Brains and Behavior, with featured UW faculty including Joseph Sisneros, Sheri Mizumori, and Ione Fine. Read more.

Project Implicit: Studying Hidden Biases

Photo of Tony GreenwaldSince Professor Tony Greenwald and graduate students developed the Implicit Association Test in 1998 to study hidden or unconscious biases, there have been more than 12 million (anonymous) completions of a do-it-yourself demonstration test on the Internet. Through Project Implicit, Greenwald and colleagues have developed scientific applications of research using the Implicit Association Test and related techniques. Read more.

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