The CUNY Hunter College 46th Annual Psychology Convention is here!

CUNY Hunter College’s 46th Annual Psychology Convention is happening this Sunday!

This is a once in a year experience that uncovers all the different creative and wonderful topics, opportunities and research that comes with being a supporter of the mind.

Come with your minds and ears open to listen in on amazing faculty, current psychologists, researchers and undergraduate presentations on Sunday, April 29th, 2018 starting at 9 am!

We will have two exciting key note speakers! Dr. Joshua Plotnik will guide use through why the cognition of elephants matters. The study of elephant cognition has important implications for understanding the evolution of human and non-human animal intelligence. But how can understanding the mind of elephants also potentially help us protect them from extinction? In his talk, he will discuss his own research on elephant behavior and cognition, focusing on the elephants’ physical and social intelligence as well as their use of smell in the decision-making process. He will highlight how this research can help us better understand the evolution of similar intelligence in evolutionary distant species, but also how it can be applied to conservation efforts, specifically in terms of human/wildlife conflict mitigation and childhood education

Dr. Michael A. Westerman will lead a discussion on interpersonal defense theory! Interpersonal defense theory draws on ideas from psychoanalysis, several lines of work in psychology on interpersonal behavior, and philosophy to provide an interpersonal
re-conceptualization of defense processes. The theory offers new ways to conceptualize patients’ problems and think about therapy process. It has many implications for clinical practice. Some of these implications include how active, insight-oriented, and cognitive interventions can all be helpful if they are guided by case formulations that are based on the theory. The presentation will outline some of the main tenets of the theory, briefly review relevant research, illustrate the theory with a clinical case example, and discuss implications of the theory for treatment.

We will also have Martin and John Dull performing in The Arts Meet Neuroscience, where they will explore the importance of transcendent experiences for overall health and for our understanding of humankind. They will do this through song, question, discussion and a fine arts Power-Point.

Between all of this, we will be hosting oral and poster presentations of research conducted by students from Hunter College and other institutions! Among all of this wonderful research we will have a special scavenger hunt where you can win a prize related to elephants, of course!

Breakfast, Lunch and Dessert will be available at the event as well!

Get psyched and we’ll see you there!

-The Psychology Collective Team


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