Psychology Day

Friday, April 14th.

All alumni are invited to attend Psychology Day. For more information on Psychology Day, contact Todd Schachtman at 573-882-3154 or During the day, undergraduate honors students  present findings from their research during the poster sessions, and graduate students and undergraduate students meet with our featured alumni speaker. The day ends with an alumnus talk (title below) and a departmental reception.

9:00-10:30 a.m.             Poster Sessions in 101 & 103 McAlester Hall

12:30-2:00 p.m.             Poster Sessions in 101 & 103 McAlester Hall

3:30-3:45 p.m.               Award Ceremony
2501 MU Student Center Leadership Auditorium

3:45-5:00 p.m.               Keynote Address by Clay Routledge
                                        2501 MU Student Center Leadership Auditorium                                                             

Featured speaker for 2017 is Clay Routledge, PhD
(MU Social Psychology ’05), is a Professor of Psychology at North Dakota State University

Dr. Routledge's talk for Psychology Day is entitled: "Rehabilitation of an Old Emotion: A New Science of Nostalgia."

Talk Abstract:
For hundreds of years, nostalgia was viewed as a disease or psychological vulnerability. In recent not the cause of distress, as once thought, but a compensatory response to it. Nostalgia enhances wellbeing and motivates the self, particularly the social self. It inspires people to perceive life as meaningful, have a hopeful view of the future, and pursue goals. An emerging science of nostalgia suggests this old emotions is as much about the future as it is about the past.