Department of Psychology

NATURE. THOUGHT. BEHAVIOUR.

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 psychology@uleth.ca, 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

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.”

U of L researchers receive nearly $4 million in NSERC Discovery grants

A crop of University of Lethbridge researchers are recipients of close to $4 million in new grants payable over multiple years through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s Discovery research program.

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, recently announced more than $492 million in funding to some 2,400 researchers across Canada. At the U of L, 19 researchers were successful in their applications for Discovery grants. These grants, which vary in amounts from $23,000 to $65,000, will enable discoveries in chemistry, biochemistry, biological sciences, neuroscience, mathematics and computer science and psychology. The U of L was also successful in receiving two Research Tools and Instruments grants worth almost $300,000.

How I Spent My Summer Vacation: Nicole Emsley

In this undergraduate research profile, we highlight the work of General Sciences student Nicole Emsley, who is spending her summer with the Faculty of Health Sciences researching ER visits and psychiatric care …

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Megan Hebert (BA/BMgt '16), professional development coordinator

Megan Hebert (BA/BMgt '16) is the new professional development coordinator for the Office of Graduate Studies at U of L. After working in post-secondary for almost five years, she joined uLethbridge in July. …

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Faculty Friday | Dr. Paul Vasey

This month we’ve looked at gender and its intersecting concepts from a qualitative, historic and artistic perspective, but we can’t finish the month off without taking a look at the quantitative side. Dr. Paul …

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Career Bridge: Centre for Work-Integrated Learning and Career Development

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You have a bright future — experience it via Career Bridge at uLethbridge!

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