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Experimental Psychology

Overview
Admission
Program of Study
Theses: M.Sc. & Ph.D.
Financial Support
Faculty

Overview

Our Department offers exciting opportunities for graduate study in many areas of experimental Psychology. These areas include:

Behavioural Neuroscience
Clinical Psychology
Cognition
Developmental Psychology
Social Psychology

Admission

To gain admission, a student must hold an honors bachelor's degree normally of high second class standing, or its equivalent. All applicants are required to submit results from the General section of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

Application forms can be filled out on-line. Students are asked to submit their applications as early as possible as files (including letters of reference) will be evaluated before February 1. Letters of reference should be submitted directly to the School of Graduate Studies on the appropriate forms. Admission decisions are normally made by April 1. Late applications may be considered if openings are available.

General admission inquiries should be addressed to the School of Graduate Studies. Specific queries about programs can be sent to the appropriate faculty members, or to the Chair of the Psychology Graduate Studies Committee, Dr. Brent Snook or the Department Secretary, Ms. Brenda Crewe.

Program of Study

Programs are tailored to suit the needs of individual backgrounds. At the beginning of the program, the student will normally be required to take Advanced Statistics in Psychology (Psychology 6000) unless (s)he has already passed an equivalent honors or graduate course. The remaining courses will be chosen to best suit the area of specialization. In addition, all students using animals in their research are required to attend a series of animal care seminars, usually during the winter semester of the first year.

Theses: M.Sc. and Ph.D.

Each candidate shall submit an original thesis based on an approved experimental research topic. At the time of admission, a student often requests a specific supervisor. When a specific supervisor is not requested, the interests of the student are matched with a supervisor in the student's area of interest. The supervisor assists the student in selecting a program of studies and a thesis topic, and, early in the program, in establishing a committee which will help in the planning and implementation of thesis research. The committee later certifies that a completed thesis is ready for examination. Examination for Master's theses is done through correspondence with one examiner internal to the university and another examiner external to the university. For Doctoral theses, a formal public Oral Defense is examined by two internal and one external examiners.

Doctoral students must also pass a Comprehensive Examination in the first year of their doctoral program. An examination committee sets a topic in consultation with the student in an area of research that is different from the area of thesis research. The student has several weeks to prepare a written paper on the topic which serves as the basis for an oral examination.

Please view a list of past thesis topics to gather some further insight into our experimental graduate programme.

Financial Support

Students are automatically considered for financial support. It is a policy of the department to attempt to offer all students admitted some form of support, but it is done so on a competitive basis. Such support usually consists of a combination of Graduate School Fellowships, departmental support and/or graduate assistantships. Faculty members may also offer grant- supported research assistantships. Applicants are strongly encouraged to seek outside support as well. Students with NSERC Fellowships are encouraged to apply.

Primary Faculty

Behavioural Neuroscience

Robert Adamec
Jacqueline Blundell
John Evans
Virginia Grant
Carolyn Harley
Charles Malsbury
Gerard Martin
William McKim
Darlene Skinner
Christina Thorpe

Clinical

Christine Arlett, R.Psych.
Sarah Francis, R. Psych
Kellie Hadden, R. Psych.
Peter Mezo, R. Psych
Ray Penney, R. Psych.

Cognition

Rita Anderson
Kathleen Hourihan
Ian Neath
Catherine Penney
Mike Sherrick
Aimée Surprenant

Developmental

Russell Adams
Mary Courage
James Drover
Darcy Hallett
Carole Peterson
Michael Rabinowitz

Social

Cathryn Button
Ken Fowler
Malcolm Grant
Ted Hannah
Brent Snook

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