2017 - 2018 Psychology Department Speakers Series

All presentations are free and held in room 168 of the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center.  

For more information, contact Dr. Frank Conner (ph: 616-234-3612)

*Streaming video of each presentation will be available here after each lecture.

Coping with Grief and Loss [watch it now]

Wednesday, October 25
1:00 - 2:30 pm

Sheila Schindler is a Licensed Master Social Worker specializing in end of life and bereavement care on the Pediatric Team at Hospice of Michigan and an adjunct professor at GRCC. The very painful experience of grief and loss affects nearly all human beings at some point in their lifetime.  In this presentation, the bio-psycho-social dynamics of grief will be explored, along with a discussion of the research on healthy ways to cope with loss.   Expressive therapies and goals of grieving will be presented in order to provide some direction and hope for people coping with a loss or supporting another in grief.

Child Development in the Digital Age: How, and for Whom, Does Mobile Media Use Become Problematic? 

Thursday, November 30
1:00 - 2:30 pm

Dr. Sarah Domoff is an Assistant Professor in Clinical Psychology at Central Michigan University. Her research examines children's use of media and mobile devices (e.g., Tablets and Smartphones). She is interested in understanding how new media use may impact children's health and development. Dr. Domoff will be presenting two of her more recent studies. The first will present the development of a new measure to assess problematic (i.e., "addictive") media use in children. The second study will describe the use of audio-recording technology to characterize parent-child interactions around media use in the home.

Unmasking the Automatic Mind: Toward a New Understanding of Unconscious Cognition.

Wednesday, February 14
1:00 - 2:30 pm

Dr. Jeff Nevid is Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Psychology at St. John's University in New York. In this presentation, Dr. Nevid will present research on whether we are led around by our noses when it comes to sexual arousal, whether we tend to have a sunnier disposition on sunnier days, whether infusing the air in a hospital with a clean scent unconsciously prompts hospital visitors to use a hand gel dispenser before entering an inpatient unit, or why expensive wine appears to taste better. He will also discuss his own research on whether Apple Mac users identify more strongly with their laptops at an unconscious, implicit level than do PC owners, and whether there are personality differences between Mac and PC owners. Other research will consider if automatic negative biases are elicited by skin tone coloration of Barack Obama in media images, and whether these implicit biases differ across people from different ends of the political spectrum. Finally, how a better understanding of the automatic mind may help investors avoid the kinds of dumb mistakes that even smart people tend to make with their money.

Media Effects: Can Watching T.V. or Playing Video Games Really Change How You Think and What You Do?

Thursday, March 22
1:00 - 2:30 pm

Dr. Bryan Gibson is a professor and director of experimental programs at Central Michigan University. Media surrounds us in the 21st century as never before. With high definition t.v.'s, digital video recorders, and smartphones, we have instant access to a huge range of media options. In this presentation, Dr. Gibson will consider if this media exposure changes our psychological experience. The presentation will present research suggesting how media can powerfully shape our thoughts, feelings, and actions.