The University of Mary Washington chapter of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, will hold the 33rd annual Psi Chi Research Symposium on Wednesday, April 19, and Thursday, April 20, in the Hurley Convergence Center Digital Auditorium.
The keynote lecture will be given by Roger K. R. Thompson, the Dr. E. Paul & Frances H. Reiff Professor of Biological Sciences Emeritus at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 20. Thompson’s lecture, “Analogical Reasoning by (Other) Animals: Fact or Fiction?” and the symposium as a whole are free and open to the public.
Thompson received a doctorate in psychology with an emphasis in comparative and biological psychology from the University of Hawaii in 1976. Soon after, he received a faculty position at Franklin & Marshall College, where he remained for the rest of his career. Thompson has held positions in both the Department of Psychology and the Department of Biology. He also has served as president of the International Society for Comparative Psychology. His main research interests are comparative cognition, animal behavior, perception and learning in nonhuman primates.
Thompson has been published in many impactful journals including Science, Journal of Experimental Psychology, Journal of Comparative Psychology, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and Psychological Science.
The Psi Chi symposium will be held in the HCC Digital Auditorium from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 19 and from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on April 20. The keynote address will be followed by the Department of Psychological Science awards ceremony, which will begin at 5 p.m. on Thursday. A reception will follow the conclusion of the awards ceremony.
For more information, contact Mindy Erchull, associate professor of psychological science, at 540-654-1557.