|The Eastern Region|
The Eastern Region
Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Republic of Ireland, Egypt, Russian Federation.
Latest Regional News
05/05/2020: EPA announces a special Virtual Convention to be held on July 17–18, 2020.
03/09/2020: EPA Regional Convention cancelled. Click HERE for more details.
02/24/2020: Read Dr. Fallon's Spring Letter to the Eastern Region.
05/23/2019: Read an article with Psi Chi’s 2019 EPA Distinguished Lecturer called “You See Race, But Do You Want to Talk About It? With Jennifer Richeson, PhD."
Regional VP Fun Fact
Dr. Fallon's hobby is music. She says, "I’ve been singing in choirs since high school. I even met my husband in choir. I sing in The New England Chamber Choir and take voice and piano lessons. I also like reading and exercising— especially yoga." See more fun facts!
The research team of the Buffalo State College (SUNY) Chapter present their research study examining predictors of GPA.
2020 EPA Virtual Convention
Psi Chi Distinguished Lecturer
The Elephant, the Emperor, and the Matzo Ball: Common Knowledge as a Ratifier of Human Relationships
Thusday, June 18, 2020
2:00–3:20 p.m. | Hancock
Steven Pinker (Harvard University)
Read Dr. Pinker's Bio
CloseAbstract: Why do we veil our intentions in innuendo rather than blurting them out? Why do we blush and weep? Why do we express outrage at public violations of decorum? Why are dictators so threatened by free speech and public protests? Why don’t bystanders pitch in to help? I suggest that these phenomena may be explained by the logical distinction between shared knowledge (A knows x and B knows x) and common knowledge (A knows x, B knows x, A knows that B knows x, B knows that A knows x, ad infinitum). Game theory specifies that common knowledge is necessary for coordination, in which two or more agents can cooperate for mutual benefit. I propose represent common knowledge as a distinct cognitive category that licenses them to coordinate with others according to the rules of one of several distinct relationship types. Many puzzles of social life, such as hypocrisy, taboo, outrage, tact, and embarrassment arise from people’s desire to generate—or to avoid generating—common knowledge.
Steven Pinker, PhD, is an experimental psychologist who conducts research in visual cognition, psycholinguistics, and social relations. He grew up in Montreal and earned his BA from McGill and his PhD from Harvard. Currently Johnstone Professor of Psychology at Harvard, he has also taught at Stanford and MIT. He has won numerous prizes for his research, his teaching, and his nine books, including The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, The Blank Slate, The Better Angels of Our Nature, and The Sense of Style. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, a Humanist of the Year, a recipient of nine honorary doctorates, and one of Foreign Policy’s “World’s Top 100 Public Intellectuals” and Time's “100 Most Influential People in the World Today.” He is Chair of the Usage Panel of the American Heritage Dictionary, and writes frequently for The New York Times, The Guardian, and other publications. His tenth book, to be published in February 2018, is called Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17, 2020
Psi Chi Workshop
Psi Chi and Teaching Symposium
Psi Chi Invited Session
Psi Chi Poster Session
THURSDAY, JUNE 18, 2020
Psi Chi Symposium
Psi Chi Workshop
Psi Chi Distinguished Lecturer
All Are Welcome!
Psi Chi sessions are open to all students and faculty who would like to attend.
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Regional Research Awards
As the name implies, the Eastern Regional Research Awards are only open to members of Psi Chi chapters included in the region. There are 16 research awards available to members of chapters in the Eastern region. Here are some resources to help you get started:
Regional Travel Grants
There are lots of good reasons to consider attending the EPA convention—especially if you’ve got some great research to share. Psi Chi encourages members to take advantage of the opportunity to go by offering regional travel grants. If you plan to attend EPA, apply for a Psi Chi travel grant.
Regional Chapter Award
As you may have gathered, the Eastern region of Psi Chi has some great stuff going on. Chapters throughout the area are doing important research, serving their communities, and generally behaving like model psychology students. Naming just one chapter to receive the Regional Chapter Award each year is tough, but if your chapter is doing outstanding work, apply! After all, you can’t win if you don’t apply.
Regional Faculty Advisor Award