Psychology
Top honours for graduate students

Top honours for graduate students

For more than 140 years, the Governor General’s Academic Medals have recognized outstanding students across Canada. The Gold Medals are awarded for academic excellence at the graduate level. Three Western graduates are among the recipients of Gold Medals this year....

Read. Watch. Listen. with Mel Goodale

Read. Watch. Listen. with Mel Goodale

Transport yourself beyond pandemic isolation and into parallel worlds both near and far when Western neuroscientist Mel Goodale takes a turn on Read. Watch. Listen.

Newcomer program preps for post-pandemic realities

Newcomer program preps for post-pandemic realities

New federal funding will help a Western-led program continue exploring welcoming environments for newcomers, even as Canada’s attitudes toward new immigrants will surely be tested by the economic and social uncertainty of a post-pandemic world.

Study: Post-pandemic mental health wave coming

Study: Post-pandemic mental health wave coming

Canadian mental health has taken a severe hit during the pandemic with the nation seeing exploding rates of anxiety and depression, increased use of alcohol and drugs, and difficulty accessing important supports, according to a recent survey from Mental Health Research Canada.

Study: Why your child isn’t sleeping – and how to fix it

Study: Why your child isn’t sleeping – and how to fix it

A Western-led study has identified the 10 biggest risk factors causing sleep issues among children – and its authors are offering exasperated parents research-backed insights into helping little ones get the rest they need.

Discovery Grants back 75 research projects

Discovery Grants back 75 research projects

Seventy-five university research projects across seven faculties received more than $13.8 million in Discovery Grants from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

Study finds consensual nonmonogamy a ‘healthy’ option

Study finds consensual nonmonogamy a ‘healthy’ option

Consensual nonmonogamy within a relationship showed only positive outcomes on life satisfaction and relationship quality for the primary partners in a romantically involved couple – leading researchers to believe it to be healthy, viable relationship option.

Music brings us together during pandemic

Music brings us together during pandemic

People across the globe started making music together from their windows and balconies. As music neuroscientists who study how music affects our bodies and brains, we would like to shed light on the question: why do we turn to collective music-making in times of crisis?

Place pandemic stress in context for self, others

Place pandemic stress in context for self, others

COVID-19 has introduced new levels of stress into the lives of everyone. When considering the wellbeing of others or ourselves, it is important to understand that how deeply that stress is felt depends on many factors, explained one Western researcher.

Ease up on e-learning expectations for kids

Ease up on e-learning expectations for kids

“It is useful to engage children with some school now – but be gentle on yourself and, by extension, be gentle on them to reduce the stress load on everyone.”

Getting at underlying factors of eating disorders

Getting at underlying factors of eating disorders

Psychology professor Lindsay Bodell is exploring how subtle differences in brain activity may be the key to unlocking the cause of eating disorders and lead to a more proactive approach in tackling the disease.