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.

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

CRC 2019

U of L researchers receive Canada Research Chair funding

Three University of Lethbridge researchers have received $2.4 million in new and renewed funding through the Canada Research Chairs (CRC) program. Dr. Louise Barrett, Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Cognition, Evolution and Behaviour, has received renewed funding and will extend her research on humans and non-human primates to look at how these two groups cope with climate change.

“I am very interested in the notion of the Anthropocene, this new geological epoch that recognizes that humans are a major geological force,” says Barrett. “We have changed the climate and patterns of land use and even the structure of the Earth’s crust. I am interested in understanding more about whether and how humans and other animals can adjust to these vast changes.”

JB Leca

Monkeys can barter but can they gamble?

You’re not likely to see them flooding casinos any time soon, but the University of Lethbridge’s Dr. Jean-Baptiste Leca and his colleagues are embarking on a study that may turn a population of Balinese long-tailed macaque monkeys into gamblers.

Leca, an associate professor in the U of L’s Department of Psychology, is teaming up with Dr. Rob Williams, a gambling research expert in the Faculty of Health Sciences, and Dr. Elsa Addessi, a cognitive psychologist and primatologist at the National Research Center in Rome, Italy, to explore whether monkeys have cognitive biases and behavioural responses that are different from, or similar to, that of humans when it comes to gambling activities.

Louise Barrett

PUBlic Professor Series: Dr. Louise Barrett

Join psychology professor, Dr. Louise Barrett, as she explores Supercharged Apes and Supersized Minds: How to Think Like an Animal.

Thursday, September 26, 2019
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Sandman Signature Lethbridge Lodge

Louise Barrett has studied the behaviour of wild African primates for the past 25 years, along with studies of human behaviour and ecology. In this talk she offers her perspective on how humans and other species differ, and how to reconcile our animal and cultural natures. Her suggestion is that we need to pay as much attention to bodies as well as brains, and the manner that humans and other animals extend their biological capacities by exploiting the structure of the environment. What makes humans clever may, paradoxically perhaps, be found outside our heads, rather than in them.


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