Synapses: News Stories about the Department

 Synapses features major news stories about the Psychology Department.

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Meet this year's Faculty Fellowship awardees

Each year, the Alumni Association honors five professors in the early stages of their careers who exemplify teaching excellence at William & Mary.

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25 years after genocide, Rwandan survivors teach students about forgiveness

William & Mary students went on a soul-searching trip through Rwanda this past summer to explore the country’s efforts at peace education and forgiveness since the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi that killed more than 1 million people.

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2019 Psychological Sciences Diploma Ceremony

This year the department diploma ceremony took place on Saturday, May 11, 2019. Due to renovation in PBK Hall, the ceremony was conducted at the Rec Center.

2019 Graduate Research Symposium

The 19th Annual Graduate Research Symposium (GRS), held from March 20-21, 2019 in the Sadler Center. In total, 14 of our M.A. students presented talks or posters sharing the results of their research, covering a wide range of areas, such as clinical, neurophysiological, developmental, and social/personality psychology.

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Book defends the value of face-to-face diplomacy

Marcus Holmes, associate professor of Government at William & Mary, has authored a new book, “Face to Face Diplomacy: Social Neuroscience and International Relations,” in which he credits social neuroscience for restoring face-to-face interaction as an effective diplomatic measure.

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Lab studies the science of picky eating

As any parent will tell you, there is an art to getting kids to eat vegetables. For Catherine Forestell, it is also a science.

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Costume shop prepares for big move out of PBK

As Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall at William & Mary closes for renovations, relocating the theatre department's costume shop to the Dillard Complex is one of the biggest tasks.

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Psych Sciences student appears on CNN Town Hall

Psychological Sciences student Emma White was selected to present her question to former FBI director James Comey during the CNN Town Hall at William & Mary's PBK Hall on April 25, 2018.

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W&M, Richard Bland gearing up for Promise Scholars debut

W&M has chosen the first six professors to be involved in the program. Iyabo Osiapem, senior lecturer of Africana studies and linguistics, and Bev Sher, senior lecturer of chemistry and the university’s chief health professions advisor, will lead off.

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William & Mary Healthy Beginnings Program receives March of Dimes grant

The William & Mary Healthy Beginnings Program received a $10,000 grant from the March of Dimes as part of an effort to help incarcerated women receive vital prenatal care. Since the start of the program in 2012, more than 380 pregnant women in Virginia correctional facilities have been helped.

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This is your brain on Christmas music

Brian Rabinovitz is a neuroscientist who focuses on how the brain processes music. His specialty is memory, what makes us remember songs and what makes some songs impossible to forget.

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What's in a name?

William & Mary’s Department of Psychology has officially changed its name to the Department of Psychological Sciences. The new name is just catching up with the volume of rigorous, scientific research that faculty and students are already doing.

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Haskins joins Dickter to lead WMSURE

Natoya Haskins will become co-director of the William & Mary Undergraduate Research Experience program in July.

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FaceTime vs. face time: Diplomacy in the age of technology

Twitter may be quicker, but when it comes to matters of utmost international importance, W&M Government Professor Marcus Holmes says nothing can beat good old-fashioned face-to-face interaction between world leaders.