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FALL 2017 SEMESTER EVENTS

 

September 14 | Fall Kick-off Luncheon

Join the psychology faculty for a casual welcome back luncheon outdoors to kick-off the fall semester. Meet, greet and eat! Lunch catered by Taco Dog!

TIME: 12:00-12:45pm

LOCATION: PAVILION

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October 3 | Careers in Psychology Seminar

Join Dr. Kara Bopp for an informational meeting about career options in the field of psychology. Bring your lunch and come with questions!

TIME: 11:30-12:30

LOCATION: Milliken 225

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October 10 | Cookies & Cards for Kids at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System

Stop by for a free homemade cookie! All you have to do is make a special card to give to a child at Spartanburg Regional. Make a kid’s day and yours just by making a card!

Time: 11am-12:30pm

Location: In front of Burwell

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October 24 | Graduate School Options to Become a Therapist

Interested in a career in clinical or counseling psychology? Dr. Nowatka will make a presentation for those interested in becoming a therapist. Come and get your questions answered so you can decide if this is the right career path for you!

TIME: 11:30a-12:30p

LOCATION: Milliken 225

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October 26 | Semi-Annual Psychology Department Colloquium Series & Luncheon

Join us as the psychology department hosts Dr. Ed Craighead of Emory University. Title of presentation TBA.

Time: Lunch begins at 11:15am, presentation is 11:45am-12:45pm

Location: Anna Todd

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October – TBA | Twin Towers Halloween Carnival

Every year Psychology Kingdom hosts a booth at the Twin Towers Halloween Carnival. For this event Twin Towers brings in 80-100 children from the local Boys and Girls club for an afternoon of fun! This year we are doing two crafts at our table (Q-tip skeletons and finger painting), as well as handing out candy. We need volunteers in one-hour shifts to come out and participate with us! You can volunteer by contacting Catherine Ivey at iveyce@email.wofford.edu. The more people at the table, the merrier!

TIME: TBA

LOCATION: Lawn of Old Main (if it rains it will be moved to Anna Todd gym)

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December 8 | Student Science Colloquium

Come support Wofford students who conducted their senior thesis or other empirical projects!

Time: 2:00-4:00pm

Location: Olin Theater

 

 

SPRING 2017 SEMESTER EVENTS

February 27 | Annual Faculty/Staff Chili Cookoff

Join the psychology department for its annual faculty chili cook off competition. The psychology faculty will be cooking up their best pot of chili and STUDENTS will be the JUDGES! That’s right, you get the chance to grade your professor’s culinary skills. We will serve up bowls of chili along with side dishes and drinks. 

Time: 5:00-6:00p; Location: Dr. Pittman’s laboratory in Milliken

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March 1 | General Interest Meeting

Please join us to learn how you can become involved in psychology kingdom! We will also be recruiting new officers for the next academic year.

Time: 12-1p

Location: Milliken 225

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March 7 | Everything You Need to Know About Senior Thesis

This is a must-see for psychology juniors! Join Dr. McQuiston along with a panel of seniors to answer all of your questions about how to select a senior thesis advisor (which you will be doing by the end of March) and what the class involves.

Time: 11:30-12:30

Location: Milliken 225

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March 23 | A Wofford Alumni Presents: Paths Toward Professional Psychology

Interested in finding out more about the Psy.D. and MFT graduate degrees? Wofford alumni David Trant who is currently finishing his Psy.D. will give an informal presentation along with plenty of time for Q&A. This will be a great presentation to attend for students thinking of a future in clinical work.

Time: 11:30-12:30

Location: Milliken 225

Link to video of the presentation.

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March 24 | Cookies & Cards for Kids at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System

Stop by for a free homemade cookie! All you have to do is make a special card to give to a child at Spartanburg Regional. Make a kid’s day and yours just by making a card!

Time: 11am-12:30pm & 5-7pm

Location: In front of Burwell

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March 28 | Terrier Play Day

We sponsor a booth for Terrier Play Day! Come help us 4:00-5:30p to make Terrier Play Day a success for the children of Spartanburg.

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March 30 | Semi-Annual Psychology Department Colloquium Series & Luncheon

Join us as the psychology department hosts Dr. Mark Leary of Duke University who will give a talk titled The Social and Emotional Impact of Interpersonal Rejection.

Time: Lunch begins at 11:15am, talk is 11:45am-12:45pm

Location: Anna Todd

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April 11 | Research Presentation: Prof. Brandon Stewart

Join us as Brandon Stewart, lecturer at the University of Birmingham, gives a research presentation.

Title: Your Group Hates My Group, But My Group Only Does Nice Things: The Moderating Effects of Social Threats on Intergroup Conflict and Cooperation.

Summary:

Recent research has noted a new phenomenon in the way that people explain and perpetuate intergroup conflict (Waytz et al., 2014). When explaining motivations for conflict by one’s own group, people will say that conflict with another group is due to our group having empathy and compassion for our ingroup. However, when explaining the motivations of the other group, we will say that the other group creates conflict with our group because the othergroup dislikes and hates our group. This difference is termed the Motive Attribution Bias and has been demonstrated in many difficult and seemingly intractable conflicts (e.g., Israelis and Palestinians), but it also can influence less extreme intergroup situations (e.g., interactions between Democrats and Republicans; between immigrants and people born in the US; between men and women).

Our research, using US participants, seeks to create a model that identifies factors that exacerbate and reduce this Motive Attribution Bias in order to offer solutions to the conflicts created.  For example, we have shown that those who chronically perceive threats to their resources and values have an increased perception that other groups are motivated to create conflict with their group because the other group hates them. In this talk, I explore several theoretical explanations regarding how perceiving ingroup and outgroup motivations function. I also explore how these explanations may inform strategies for reducing threat in order to increase cooperation and to decrease intergroup bias and conflict. Overcoming the Motive Bias will be critical in improving intergroup relations because this bias often explains why people fail to both see and implement solutions that have been demonstrated to be effective in reducing conflicts.

Time: 11:00-12:00

Location: Anna Todd

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April 14 | Brain Awareness Week Activities

We will host an after school program when the students come to Wofford from Arcadia as part of the ARCH program. The 50 first graders that are a part of that program will take part in various hands on activities where they will learn about the brain. We are looking for volunteers to help out at each of the six stations. Contact Dr. Steinmetz if you are interested!
 
TIME: 2:30-3:30p
 
LOCATION: Anna Todd

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April 18 | Psychology Department Meet & Eat!

Have lunch with us and get to know your psychology professors! We’ll be announcing the new psychology kingdom officers for 2017-2018!

Time: 11:30-12:30

Location: Milliken 225

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May 12 | Student Science Research Colloquium

Come support Wofford seniors who conducted their thesis or other empirical projects! Learn about the different options you have available for conducting your senior research thesis, and learn some tips on how to prepare a scientific presentation.

Time: 2:00-4:00pm; Location: Olin Theater

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May 12 | End of year party

Calling all psychology students: Come and hang out with the faculty! Party @ the Pittman Residence (Click here for a map). Catered by Taco Dog!

Time: 6pm