Following tradition, Psychfest is an annual event during which second-year Master’s students, as well as new PhD students, present their research to the entire department. It’s the only opportunity for students to share their work with everyone in the Psychology department, so it’s a rare and exciting occasion for each student.

Psychfest 2019 is being held on Friday, May 3 from 10:45am – 4:30pm in West Mall Swing Space Building, Room 121.

This year’s theme is Psychapalooza: One day of Peace, Love, and Psychology.

Dress in your Woodstock best and prepare yourselves for a groovy and psychedelic time. Presenters and attendees are encouraged to dress up as if they were going Woodstock (circa 20 years before you were born). Don’t forget your flower crown, your tie dye shirt, and/or your bell bottom jeans.

Download the 2019 Psychapalooza Program

Schedule of Events

DAY 1: MAY 2

Dr. Sonia Bishop from UC Berkeley will be headlining Psychapalooza with a talk titled “Anxiety and Decision Making Under Uncertainty.”  Join us in SWING 121 from 12:30 – 1:50pm for this exciting talk.


Anxiety is associated with elevated self-report of uncertainty and ambiguity aversion, however there has been relatively little attempt to characterize the underlying mechanisms. Over recent years, computational modeling has been used to advance our understanding of human decision-making and the brain mechanisms that support it. This approach can help us to formalize and understand how choice behaviors can be optimally adapted to different situations and the ways in which individuals may deviate from optimal behavior. In particular, it can be used to characterize how participants make decisions when one or more forms of uncertainty complicate the action-outcome relationship. Here, I will describe studies using manipulations of both contingency volatility and contingency ambiguity and findings from these studies indicating that trait anxiety is associated with deficits in decision-making under second order uncertainty.

DAY 2: MAY 3

10:45 – Morning Snacks

11:00-12:30 – Talk Session I

  • Eric Mercadante (Social) – Tracy
  • Lucy De Souza (Social) – Schmader
  • Raechel Drew (Developmental) – Hamlin
  • Jessica Stewart (Health) – Biesanz
  • Ellen Jopling (Clinical) – LeMoult
  • Gordon Heltzel (Social) – Tracy/Laurin

12:30-1:15 – Lunch

1:15-2:45 – Talk Session II

  • Adam Alic (Social) – Laurin
  • Ariel Ko (Clinical) – Hewitt
  • Guilia Capuzzo (Behavioural Neuroscience) – Floresco
  • Yeeun Lee (Health) Chen
  • Arezoo Shahnaz (Clinical) – Klonsky
  • Brittney Russell (Clinical) – Winstanley

2:45-3:00 – Coffee Break

  • Groovy game

3:00-4:15 – Talk Session III

  • Kate Wen Guan (Social) – Heine
  • Charlotte Roddick (Health) – Chen
  • Brent Stewart (Clinical) – Woody
  • Holly Engstrom (Social) – Laurin
  • Iris Lok (Social) – Dunn

4:15 – Awards

4:30 – BOH in the lounge

Past Psychfest Themes:

2018: Star Wars
2017: RealTalk
2016: the 90s
2015: Villains
2014: Game shows
2013: Classic videogame characters
2012: Hollywood/Celebrities
2011: Monster Mash
2010: Rockstar
2009: Star Wars/Star Trek
2008: Austin Powers
2007: SuperPsychfest (Superheroes)
2006: Mardi Gras Style