Published on April 6, 2018 by Sean Flynt  
Psych Friday at Hoover Public Library
Psych Friday at Hoover Public Library

Samford University’s Psychology Department will host Psych Friday, a free public event at Hoover Public Library  9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 13.

The event, supported by two grants from the American Psychological Association, will explore what psychologists have discovered about brain, mind and behavior, from basic research to therapeutic applications. It is open to teachers, high school students and other interested audiences.

Samford Psychology Department chair Stephen L. Chew, winner of the American Psychology Foundation’s 2018 Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award, worked with local educators to organize Psych Friday. “We thought a program at the library would be a great way to showcase psychological science to the public, and to demonstrate how fundamental it is to all aspects of our lives,” Chew said. “The program will also give our students a chance to show what they learn as college psychology majors and what career paths are open to them.”

Chew said the event is expected to host more than 150 high school students and teachers, about 50% more than the inaugural event in 2017. 

Dr. Jane Halonen, Professor of Psychology, University of West Florida will present a keynote address on Psychology and Your Possible Future.

Concurrent sessions, led by Samford students, faculty, and other psychology experts, will include:

  • Careers in Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology: It’s Not What You Think, but It Is What You Think
  • Group Influence and Implicit Bias; Students from Altamont
  • Attachment and Trauma
  • Personality and Brain Function

An activity fair will include:

  • McGurk Effect
  • Movement Aftereffects
  • Stroop Effect
  • Multitasking
  • Test Your Psychology Knowledge
  • Binocular Disparity
  • Serial Position, DRM, and von Restorff Effect
  • McCullough Effect
  • Myths about Adolescence
  • Distorted Vision

A careers session will feature professionals working in non-profits, forensics, business and counseling.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.