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The Western Region

The Western Region

Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Canada–British Columbia, New Zealand.

Latest Regional News

07/28/2020: The 2020 WPA Convention has now been converted to a special Virtual Convention, which will take place on October 28-31, 2020. Read more.

10/11/2019: See Dr. Campbell's Fall Letter to the Western Region.

06/03/2019: Join Psi Chi in San Francisco, CA, for the WPA Convention on April 30–May 3, 2020.

04/23/2019: Read an article with Psi Chi’s 2019 RMPA Distinguished Lecturer called “The A, B, Cs of L, G, B, T, Q and I, With Theodore Burnes, PhD.”


Chapter Spotlight

Psi Chi member Olivia Silke with President Melanie M. Domenech Rodríguez at WPA 2019.

2020 WPA Convention

October 28–31, 2020
Virtual Event


Psi Chi Distinguished Lecturer
Crime Blindness: Selective Attention Disrupts Eyewitness Awareness and Memory

Time and Room TBD
Speaker: Ira Hyman (Western Washington University)
Read Dr. Hyman's Bio

Biography Statement

Ira Hyman is a professor of psychology at Western Washington University. He received his undergraduate degree from Duke University and his PhD from Emory University with Ulric Neisser as his dissertation advisor. He has published research on memory for song lyrics, the creation of false childhood memories, collaborative remembering, memory for traumatic events, inattentional blindness for unicycling clowns, and the intrusive thought of having a song stuck in one’s head. He is the coeditor, with Ulric Neisser, of Memory Observed: Remembering in Natural Contexts.

Abstract: People do not constantly watch for crimes and accidents. Potential witnesses may not notice or accurately recall a crime or accident. Even when watching for the event, attention capture frequently occurs late. Expecting people will notice crimes may be problematic when witnesses are focused on other activities.


Planning Ahead

Thank you to everyone who made Psi Chi’s programming at WPA 2019 a great success! While we wait for WPA 2020, you are encouraged to:

Other Conventions

Learn about upcoming programming. 

Regional Awards

Regional Research Awards

During WPA, there is a special poster session for Psi Chi members. Winners of the 12 available Regional Research Awards will be selected from students who present posters during this special session. To learn more, see the following resources:

Regional Travel Grants

There are many reasons to attend a WPA convention, not the least of which is that it’s fun! Meeting professionals, enjoying the programming, and perhaps seeing a bit of the city, are all interesting aspects of attendance. Psi Chi encourages members to attend conventions by offering Regional Travel Grants. If you attend a WPA convention, consider applying for a Psi Chi Travel Grant—you may find yourself eligible and have your travel expenses reimbursed!

Regional Chapter Award

Is your chapter upgrading the definition of excellence? You should apply for a Regional Chapter Award and become a role model for other chapters.

Regional Faculty Advisor Award

Faculty advisors serve as organizers, mentors, and models for Psi Chi members. Show your faculty advisor you appreciate all the hard work by nominating him or her to receive the Regional Faculty Advisor Award.

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