Department of Psychology


Welcome to the Department of Psychology

Psychology delves into what makes people tick. Psychologists study the relationship between mind and behaviour by investigating the nature of thought processes and behaviours in humans and other animals.

We hope you are taking care of yourself in these uncertain times! Please be advised that all members of the Department of Psychology are now working remotely. To reach us, please email, or reach out to your instructor via their individual email.

A major in psychology will help you develop skills in analyzing and interpreting complex material, particularly as it relates to behaviour. You will learn theories of how people interpret the world and act in it, as well as theories of human behaviour. As a psychology student, you will learn from those at the forefront of psychological research. Our faculty members are regularly published in the top journals and make an ongoing contribution to an ever-advancing field.

Department Highlights

Regulating body temperature another reason for nocturnal primate births, says new U of L study

Scientists have long understood the majority of primate births, including humans, occur during the inactive phase, or at night. In the wild it stands to reason, because the night offers the birthing mother decreased chance of predation, harassment from her companions and the need to keep up with a travelling group.

A new paper from a University of Lethbridge research team led by Drs. Louise Barrett and Peter Henzi (psychology) offers evidence of another evolutionary factor that favours nocturnal births. They argue the birthing process is enhanced at night because environmental conditions enable the mother’s physiology to cope more effectively with the changes in body temperature associated with giving birth.

Scott Semenyna

University of Lethbridge researchers find sexual competition isn’t always against only your own gender

If the proliferation of dating apps and websites in our western culture is any indication, finding and keeping a mate can be a fairly daunting, difficult and sometimes discouraging task. But take heart, at least the competition for your prospective mate is largely limited to your own gender because as University of Lethbridge researchers found in at least two disparate non-Western cultures, the competitive field is much broader.

Scott Semenyna, a PhD student in Dr. Paul Vasey’s Laboratory of Comparative Sexology, is the lead author on a paper just published in PLOS One, a peer-reviewed open access scientific journal published by the Public Library of Science. The paper, Inter-sexual Mate Competition in Three Cultures, examines when women engage in sexual competition for a man with female rivals, as well as with male rivals.

Petition seeks to expand research animal protections in U.S.

In the early 1990s, Canada was the frontrunner in developing official protections for invertebrates used in research, thanks in part to the work of University of Lethbridge professors like Dr. Jennifer Mather.

Back in 1991, Mather, a U of L psychology professor and octopus expert, Professor Emerita Gail Michener and Dr. Dan Johnson, Department of Geography & Environment, were involved with a committee through the Canadian Council on Animal Care, the national organization responsible for setting and maintaining standards for the ethical use and care of animals in science.

“The committee recommended that cephalopods be protected,” says Mather. “In 1991, cephalopods were protected for research in Canada and Canada was the first country in the world to do this.”

Avery Raine finishes her education a winner

Avery Raine (BA '22) took a risk moving to Lethbridge for post-secondary, but says she is immensely grateful for the time she has spent earning her degree at the University of Lethbridge.

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Q&A with Shining Graduate Zoie Hansen

Zoie Hansen (BSc Co-op '22) graduates with Distinction this spring with a Bachelor of Science in psychology, and the Co-operative Education designation. Her pursuit of experiential education took her to Denmark and Hungary …

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Shining Student Amy Cran

uLethbridge was the place for Shining Student Amy Cran because she has heard many positive things about the professors. She attributes much of her success and growth as a student to these professors, …

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