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Danay Novoa

Instructor II

Degrees:Ph.D. (Carleton)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 1676
Office:106 C SSRB

I fell in love with psychology during my first year of my undergraduate degree. I was inspired to understand why people behave the way they do. In particular, how others can influence us. Throughout my graduate school years, I became fascinated by how we interpret our experiences with others and in turn how that affects our own self-perception.

My role within the department is teaching introduction to psychology, specifically tutorial sections. My goal is to provide students with an overview of the many different topics of psychology, focusing on topics such as learning, memory, states of consciousness, human development, motivation, emotion, personality, social interaction, disorders, stress and health, and therapy.

I believe that learning is facilitated through engagement. In lecture, I encourage students to engage in discussion about the topics as well as participate in class activities meant to encourage reflection of the concepts covered. I believe discussion and reflection facilitate learning beyond the style where I spend the entire class talking at students. In tutorials, students will engage in additional activities to further demonstrate concepts learned in class to help facilitate understanding.