39\(^{th}\) Annual Prairie Undergraduate Conference

The Prairie Undergraduate Research Conference provides undergraduate students of psychology an opportunity to present research conducted as part of their Honours thesis or independent-study projects in a friendly, professional environment.

We encourage all students hoping to gain valuable academic experience to present at this conference. In addition, we encourage those students who may be doing an Honours thesis in the near future to attend to learn about research, potential supervisors, and the overall thesis experience.

Conference Date: April 30, 2021

Conference registration is now closed. If you've registered for the conference, you will have received information on how to access the conference sessions on Friday. The conference schedule may be accessed here and the conference program may be accessed here. Presenters should also review the presenter guidelines before the conference.

Presentation Awards

Two $300 prizes will be awarded at this year's conference!

The McIntyre Award will be given to the student with the best presentation in the social sciences and the Santesso Award will be given to the student with the best presentation in the natural sciences.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. John E. Lydon

We are pleased to have Dr. John Lydon present the keynote address at this year's conference.

Dr. Lydon is a Professor and chair of the Psychology department at McGill University. His research spans the domains of Social & Personality and Health Psychology and has shed light on the how intimate social bonds impact stress regulation, help us overcome adversity, and shape maternal well-being.

Resisting Temptation: Reflective and Reflexive Responses to Attractive Alternatives

One of the leading challenges to maintaining an intimate relationship is the availability of attractive alternatives. The classic reflective response of committed individuals is to devalue or derogate the attractiveness of the alternative. However a growing body of research suggests that devaluation may be just one tool in the self control toolbox. I will briefly review evidence of different relationship maintaining strategies that reduce the threat of an attractive alternative, including some evidence that strategies may be activated automatically for some. I will then return to the classic devaluation paradigm and show how motivation to maintain the relationship interacts with ability to inhibit impulses to predict devaluation. I will close by sharing results of our latest work in progress on explicit and implicit approach and avoidance responses to attractive alternatives.