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McLaughlin Lecture Series

The annual McLaughlin Lecture Series is presented in memory of Dr. Dennis McLaughlin, who was founder of the Department of Psychology at Merrimack, where he was a beloved professor for 29 years. The lecture is typically held during the fall semester on campus at Merrimack College.  See below for information regarding some recent world-renowned presenters.

This year we are proud to welcome Dr. Azara Santiago Rivera on Wednesday, March 29th, 2017.

Click on the images for a larger poster and more information about each talk. Click on the names of each presenter for a link to their personal website.

18th Lecture Spring 2016 - Dr. Derek Isaacowitz

“Aging and Emotion Regulation: Lessons from Stationary and Mobile Eye Tracking”

17th Lecture Spring 2015 - Dr. Joshua Buckholz

“Bad Genes, Bad Parents, Bad Brains: The Biology of Self Control”


16th Lecture Fall 2013 - Dr. Joshua Greene

“Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap between Us and Them”





15th Lecture Fall 2012 - Dr. Rosiland Barnett

“The Truth about Boys and Girls: Challenging Toxic Stereotypes about our Children”





14th Lecture Spring 2011 - Dr. Ellen Langer

“Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility”




13th Lecture Spring 2010 - Dr. Daniel Anderson

“The Screen is Not a Window: Infants, Toddlers and Screen Media”