Psychology Awareness Week starts April 13

A number of activities are being planned beginning Monday, April 13, by the psychology department as part of Psychology Awareness Week and the Tri-State Psychology Conference.

Dr. David Schroeder, professor of psychology at the University of Arkansas, will give a talk Monday, April 13, titled “Consilience and Prosocial Behavior” at 1 p.m. in Harris Hall 130. Schroeder’s research interests include prosocial behavior, social dilemmas, and social influence processes. The talk is open to everyone.

Activities continue Tuesday through Thursday as part of Psychology Awareness Week, as both faculty and graduate students in the department present on various topics from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily in Harris Hall 230. A list of the scheduled presentations can be found at or requested by e-mailing Britani Black at or Katherine Simmons at

On Thursday, April 16, Psi Chi, the psychology honorary, will sponsor a luncheon and hold a membership meeting for current and prospective members at 12:30 p.m. in Harris Hall 230.

On Friday the Tri-State Psychology Conference will take place in the Memorial Student Center. This is an open session with everyone invited. There is no registration fee.

The morning sessions will begin at 9 a.m. and will include a poster session and oral presentations showcasing the work of students and faculty from nearly 10 different regional colleges/universities representing four states. A luncheon will be held in the Shawkey Dining Room at noon with a cost of $10. After lunch, the keynote speaker, Dr. Michael Olson, associate professor of psychology at the University of Tennessee, will speak about applications of social psychology to racial prejudice, close relationships and substance abuse. The day will end with an Intercollegiate Psychology Jeopardy Challenge for a traveling trophy and bragging rights. The game will begin at approximately 3 p.m.

A more detailed program, including specific rooms for various events, will be available early in the week on the Psychology Department website at

Faculty are being asked to encourage their students to attend as many events as possible throughout the week. Students can consult with psychology department faculty for extra credit opportunities.