• 07 Jan 2014 7:45 PM | Anonymous

    This year's MPA Annual Meeting will feature a symposium entitled, Cognition, Metacognition, and Knowledge Acquisition: Current Approaches to Learning in Complex Cognitive Domains. The symposium organizer is Thomas Carr (Michigan State University).

    The symposium includes papers from leading researchers in cognitive psychology and cognitive development:

    Blocking Benefits Foreign Language Pronunciation Learning More Than Interleaving
    SHANA CARPENTER, Iowa State University

    Successive Relearning Improves Course Exam Performance and Long-Term Retention
    KATHERINE RAWSON, Kent State University

    Test-Enhanced Learning across Domains: The Strange Case of Visuospatial Memory
    THOMAS H. CARR, Michigan State University

    From Action to Abstraction: Using the Hands to Learn Math
    SUSAN GOLDIN-MEADOW, University of Chicago

    Evidenced-Based Education Reform: Promising Approaches and New Directions
    JOHN DUNLOSKY, Kent State University

    Cognitive psychologists and cognitive developmentalists have become increasingly interested in doing research and developing theories that lead to applications in the real world. Nowhere has this been more evident than in the investigation of education-relevant problems, such as those represented here: foreign language acquisition, learning in academic courses, differences in learning across cognitive domains, and the role of different kinds of learning activities in maximizing achievement. The symposium brings together four different takes on what such research is like and what it might contribute to theory and to application, plus a discussion that aims to rise above the details to focus on what this "new wave" of applied cognitive psychology is all about.

    The symposium is Friday (5/2) at 10:30AM at the Chicago Palmer House Hilton. You may register for the annual meeting on the MPA website: www.midwesternpsych.org.

  • 03 Dec 2013 1:21 PM | Anonymous

    Dr. Janet Hyde will give the Psi Chi Distinguished Address at this year’s meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association. Dr. Hyde is an expert in the psychology of women and has spent most of her professional career developing and advancing this division of psychology.  She serves as professor of psychology and women’s studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

    Dr. Hyde is perhaps best known for the Gender Similarities Hypothesis. Her meta-analytic work shows that, overall, men and women are more psychologically alike than they are different. Dr. Hyde’s talk at MPA is entitled, Men Are from Earth, Women Are from Earth: The Gender Similarities Hypothesis.

    Dr. Hyde’s will speak during the MPA Annual Meeting at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, May 1-3, 2014. Attendees are welcome to register for the meeting at midwesternpsych.org.

  • 14 Nov 2013 12:11 PM | Anonymous

    Graduate students presenting at the annual meeting may apply for an MPA Diversity Travel Award. MPA Graduate Student Members who identify as ethnic/racial minorities, first-generation college students, LGBT students, or students with a physical disability are eligible. Each award provides a $100 stipend to offset travel costs for the annual meeting. Typically, four awards are available.

    To apply, email a letter of application, the original 400-word abstract of your paper or poster, and a letter of support from a faculty member to the MPA Secretary, Robert Weis by April 1. Be sure to state how you meet the criteria. Awardees will be recognized and receive their stipend immediately prior to the Presidential Address on Friday of the conference. Previous winners are not eligible.

  • 31 Oct 2013 9:50 AM | Anonymous
    Help announce the MPA Annual Meeting. The download is available here.
  • 06 May 2013 11:14 AM | Anonymous

    Pictures of the 2013 Annual Meeting are available here.

  • 09 Apr 2013 1:04 PM | Anonymous

    PublishingPublishing in established scholarly journals is an important step in the professional development of psychologists. The APA Publications and Communications Board is sponsoring a workshop, Academic Publishing: Advice from the Experts, to demystify the publication process and encourage productive manuscript writing.

    Speakers include Susan Goldman and Kimberly Lawless from the University of Illinois at Chicago. The moderator will be Sara Young from the American Psychological Association Journals.

    The session will occur on Friday, May 3rd, from 1:30-2:50PM in Salon 6/7 of the Palmer House Hilton. It is designed for graduate students and new faculty, although all are invited to attend. Advanced registration is not necessary to participate in this workshop.


  • 02 Apr 2013 8:29 AM | Anonymous

    Four MPA Fellows will present a teaching symposium at the annual meeting entitled, Contemporary Issues in the Teaching of Psychology. Speakers include Williams Addison, Catherine Haden, Mary Kite, and Eric Landrum.


    The symposium will address a) a multi-method approaches to the effective evaluation of teaching; b) using inside- and outside-class experiences to connect developmental psychology research to the real world; c) effective strategies for addressing the challenges of teaching about diversity; and d) using psychological research results to prepare our majors for their future careers.


    The symposium is scheduled for Saturday, May 4, 2012 at the Palmer House Hilton. It will coincide with other teaching-related panels, workshops, and presentations presenting by the Society for Teaching of Psychology.


  • 07 Mar 2013 9:21 AM | Anonymous

    Deadlines?You must be a member of MPA or register for the annual meeting as a nonmember in order to attend the conference in May. MPA members are automatically registered for the meeting. Undergraduate students should register in advance as nonmembers. You can join, renew your membership, or register as an undergraduate nonmember uing the "Join MPA" button on the left.

    The deadline for joining or registering is April 17, 2013. Limited onsite registration is available at the conference, but it is more expensive and the lines can be long. So, please don't delay -- join or register today.

  • 20 Feb 2013 11:19 AM | Anonymous

    NeurogenesisDr. Gary Wenk will present Your Aging Brain on Food and Drugs at this year's annual meeting. His talk will explore why what we eat, and how much we eat, is the single most important daily decision we make that impacts how our brain and body ages, the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease and how long we live.

    Dr. Wenk is Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience & Molecular Virology, Immunology and Medical Genetics at the Ohio State University and Medical Center. He is a leading authority on the consequences of chronic brain inflammation and animal models of Alzheimer's disease.

    Dr. Wenk's Invited Address is Thursday, May 2nd in the State Ballroom of the Palmer House Hilton.


  • 09 Jan 2013 2:14 PM | Anonymous

    American Psychological Foundation (APF) seek applications for the 2013 Visionary Grants and the Drs. Rosalee G. and Raymond A. Weiss Research and Program Innovation Grant. These grants support innovative research, education, and intervention efforts that advance psychological knowledge and application in:

    Ø Understanding and fostering mental-Sandy Hook recoveryphysical health connections

    Ø Reducing stigma and prejudice

    Ø Understanding and preventing all forms of violence

    Ø Addressing long-term psychological needs in the aftermath of disaster

    For more information, please visit  http://www.apa.org/apf/funding/vision-weiss.aspx. The deadline for applications is May 1, 2013.

Contact the MPA Secretary.

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