Department of Psychology
International group of experts redefines concussions
Doctors and other health-care providers have a new standard for diagnosing mild traumatic brain injury (TBI), thanks to a thorough process led by researchers from the University of B.C. and […]
May 23, 2023
UBC scholar combats climate change with happiness
The prevailing narrative on the climate crisis—and how to address it—is at best bewildering and at worst downright depressing. We’re told we face a doom-and-gloom scenario, and the only way to solve it is to give up simple pleasures and conveniences.
Apr 21, 2023
Spiritual connection with nature transcends politics, religion
Have you ever felt awestruck by a towering evergreen, waves crashing against rocks, or the vastness of a desert canyon? You’re not alone. Across time and cultures, humans have felt a spiritual connection with nature.
Apr 18, 2023
Is AI coming for white-collar jobs? A psychology professor finds out the hard way
A UBC psychology professor wondered whether AI was smart enough to handle some of his workload. He was astonished to discover it could.
Mar 8, 2023
‘Greed is good’ for likes and retweets if you’re a U.S. senator
Tweet about greed. That’s what U.S. politicians ought to do if they want to gain likes and retweets on Twitter, according to new UBC research.
Mar 6, 2023
UBC experts on 2023 B.C. budget
The B.C. government is to present its 2023 budget today. UBC experts will be available to comment on various areas of provincial spending:
Feb 28, 2023
UBC experts on Pink Shirt Day
Wednesday, Feb. 22 is Pink Shirt Day, a day to stand against bullying and harassment in schools. UBC experts are available to comment.
Feb 17, 2023
Event: Climate Emergency Week at UBC highlights collective action
his week through Feb. 16 is Climate Emergency Week at UBC, building on the university’s declaration of a climate emergency in 2019 and a climate action report in 2021 that focuses on climate justice.
Feb 6, 2023
UBC experts on decriminalization of hard drugs
From Jan. 31, the federal and B.C. governments will decriminalize possession of small amounts of certain drugs—opioids, cocaine, methamphetamine and ecstasy—intended for personal use. UBC experts are available to comment.
Jan 26, 2023
Some screen time better than none during children’s concussion recovery
Too much screen time can slow children’s recovery from concussions, but new research from UBC and the University of Calgary suggests that banning screen time is not the answer.
Oct 17, 2022
Health research overlooks important differences between sexes
You might be surprised to learn how rarely health research accounts for the fact that male and female bodies are different.
Apr 21, 2022
Cross-racial friendships easier for children with good academic and social skills
Some elementary school children may be better equipped than others to form cross-racial friendships, new research from UBC’s department of psychology suggests.
Apr 19, 2022
When people’s attitudes about aging improve, better health may follow
Making people feel better about how they’re aging could lead to concrete improvements in health and wellbeing down the line, new UBC research suggests.
Feb 9, 2022
UBC experts on 2021 Canadian federal election
UBC experts are available to comment on various election issues.
Sep 21, 2021
Mental health conditions alarmingly high among children with autism
Nearly 78 per cent of children with autism have at least one mental health condition and nearly half have two mental health conditions or more, according to a new U.S. study from UBC’s department of psychology and the AJ Drexel Autism Institute at Drexel University (Pennsylvania).
Jan 19, 2021
New research finds people react better to both negative and positive events with more sleep
New research from UBC finds that after a night of shorter sleep, people react more emotionally to stressful events the next day—and they don’t find as much joy in the good things.
Sep 15, 2020
New UBC study reveals older adults coped with pandemic best
Adults aged 60 and up have fared better emotionally compared to younger adults (18–39) and middle-aged adults (40–59) amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jul 22, 2020
UBC research shows hearing persists at end of life
Hearing is widely thought to be the last sense to go in the dying process. Now UBC researchers have evidence that some people may still be able to hear while in an unresponsive state at the end of their life.
Jul 8, 2020
Smelling your lover’s shirt could improve your sleep
The scent of a romantic partner can improve sleep, suggests new psychology research from the University of British Columbia.
Feb 13, 2020
Young children prefer to learn from people who are consistently accurate and confident
At a time when scams seem all around us and fake news appears to be on the rise, you might be relieved to know that even young children show some impressive skills when it comes to identifying poor sources of information, suggests new research from the University of British Columbia.
Jan 29, 2020