Three new courses this year.

To adapt to the changing times, we have added 3 courses to our catalog.


Environmental Psychology is the study of the relationship between humans, and natural and built environments. Traditionally, the emphasis in environmental psychology has been on how human behaviour, feelings and well-being are impacted by the environment. Currently, there is an increased emphasis on how humans affect natural environments.

This course will examine the theories guiding research in this field and review the research as it applies to topics such as the effects of weather and climate on behaviour, and vice versa, urban and rural environments, crowding and personal space. Questions like “Have you ever thought about why some people are committed recyclers while others toss items into the trash without a thought?” or even “How colours used to decorate an office space can improve productivity?” are samples of the kind of questions asked.

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Welcome Éric!

As a department, we are thrilled to add Éric R. Thériault to our faculty this year. Eric introduces himself:

Moi je viens du Nord. Born and raised in Northern Ontario, where I completed most of my education. My undergraduate work was done at l’Université Laurentienne (Sudbury) in Psychology. This was followed by a Master’s of Science at Lakehead University (Thunder Bay) in experimental psychology — applied health studies with a specialization in Gerontology, where I was able to research and publish on the health and well-being of older Francophones in the home-care setting of Ontario. I then finished my Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo). The focus of my research was on psycho-gerontology and non-immigrant minority ethnic groups, such as Francophones and members of the Métis Nation in Ontario. I collaborated with researchers at WLU and the University of Guelph, where I was able to examine gambling . . . → Read More: Welcome Éric!

The new Certificate in Quantitative and Qualitative Psychology Research Methods

A valuable university education is not just about the content (e.g. what is classical conditioning or what are Piaget’s stages of development), but also very much about the academic skills you acquire. With an undergraduate degree in Psychology, it is unlikely that you would get a job that asked you to apply classical conditioning principles or developmental stages (that would require a graduate or professional degree), but more likely that you would be asked to work with data, apply statistical procedures, and/or disseminate information, should the employer be made aware of this skill-set. This could include dependent variables that we use in psychology, but more likely to involve variables from other fields such as health, education, and business.

From a business angle, with more and more companies using big data, the demand for data scientists, who know how to manage information, spot patterns within it and draw conclusions and insights, . . . → Read More: The new Certificate in Quantitative and Qualitative Psychology Research Methods

Our own Peter MacIntyre honoured with the Atlantic Universities’ distinguished teaching award!

Peter MacIntyre is the first CBU faculty member to receive the award, which recognizes excellence in university teaching over a number of years, primarily at the undergraduate level.

Only one or two awards are given out each year, selected from nominations submitted by universities in the Atlantic region as well as the University of the West Indies.

Nominees must exhibit a commitment to enhancing student engagement and learning, a reflective and intentional approach to teaching practices and dedication to teaching improvement.

“Peter does not actively seek recognition, but he attracts recognition,” David McCorquodale, CBU dean of science and technology, said in a news release. “He is universally respected by his students, because he provides superb courses and keeps the program current, by his colleagues because he works with them to advance CBU programs and by the administration because he takes on leadership roles in the scholarship of teaching.”

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Psychology Thesis Presentations at CBU

Everyone is invited to the Psychology Thesis Presentations on Monday, April 7, at 1:30 PM in the Verschuren Centre at CBU.

Students will give a 5- to 9-minute oral and PowerPoint presentation of the highlights of their work in room CS101. This will be followed by a poster session in the Atrium for participants to get further details, ask questions, and further discuss the thesis research projects. Final written theses are not due until later in April. At this point, theses are at various stages of completion. Therefore, potential feedback from the participants in this event can be quite helpful, especially for the writing of the Discussion section of the final thesis submission.

Students will be the presenting in the following order:

(1) Sarah Penney (Adviser: Dr. Erin Robertson)

The role of sentence complexity in adults’ spoken sentence comprehension: An Eye-Tracking study

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