Department of Psychology
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
UBC study finds siblings of problem gamblers also impulsive, prone to risk-taking
Biological siblings of people with gambling disorder also display markers of increased impulsivity and risk-taking, according to a new UBC psychology study. The findings, published today in Neuropsychopharmacology, suggest people with gambling disorder – a psychiatric term for serious gambling problems – may have pre-existing genetic vulnerabilities to the illness.
Oct 9, 2019
Study to examine how sex hormones affect teenage girls’ emotions
UBC’s Social Health Lab has launched a new study to explore how sex hormones shape teens’ emotions over time.
Mar 25, 2019
UBC research examines hormones that make us choose love over sex
Looking for love and looking for sex are two different things, even at the level of human evolutionary biology
Feb 11, 2019
People think and behave differently in virtual reality than they do in real life
Immersive virtual reality (VR) can be remarkably lifelike, but new UBC research has found a yawning gap between how people respond psychologically in VR and how they respond in real life.
Jan 24, 2019
UBC experts on the holiday season
The holidays are just around the corner. UBC experts are available to comment on topics related to the season.
Dec 13, 2018
Online game trains players how to sort waste correctly
A simple online game can teach people to more accurately sort waste—with lasting results, a new UBC study has found.
Dec 6, 2018
Baby’s best friend? UBC researchers seek families for study on dogs and infants
Does having a pet dog in the home contribute to a baby’s healthy development?
Nov 6, 2018
Casino lights and sounds encourage risky decision-making
The blinking lights and exciting jingles in casinos may encourage risky decision-making and potentially promote problem gambling behaviour, suggests new research from the University of British Columbia.
Oct 29, 2018
Stressed out? Try smelling your partner’s shirt
The scent of a romantic partner can help lower stress levels, new psychology research from the University of British Columbia has found.
Jan 4, 2018
Pokémon Go could help people who struggle socially
Video games may have a reputation for attracting introverts, but when it comes to augmented reality games like Pokémon Go, extroverts tend to be better players.
Dec 12, 2017
Using money to buy time linked to increased happiness
New research is challenging the age-old adage that money can’t buy happiness.
Jul 24, 2017
Understanding mind-wandering could shed light on mental illness: UBC research
If you think the mind grinds to a halt when you’re doing nothing, think again.
Oct 31, 2016
Doggy De-stress event helps students pet away anxiety
The UBC department of psychology is teaming up with Vancouver ecoVillage and the UBC Alma Mater Society to bring 15 therapy dogs to campus.
Sep 19, 2016
THC makes rats lazy, less willing to try cognitively demanding tasks: UBC study
New research from the University of British Columbia suggests there may be some truth to the belief that marijuana use causes laziness— at least in rats.
Aug 23, 2016
Why people hoard and how to provide compassionate help
Hoarding has been the subject of popular reality TV shows, but it’s a serious disorder that threatens people’s safety and can even land them on the streets.
Jul 28, 2016
Reducing racial bias possible in older children, finds UBC study
Research has shown children have racial biases from an early age, but a new University of British Columbia study has found that it is possible to combat prejudice in older kids.
Jul 13, 2016
Kids tune in to smiles, not frowns
Striving to get your kids’ attention? Try cracking a smile. Children are more attuned to happy faces than angry faces—while young adults are more attuned to angry expressions.
Feb 5, 2016