BA (Hons), MA, PhD

Instructor, Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Social Sciences

604.986.1911 ext. 3027
Fir Building, room FR455


PhD, Psychology, University of Manitoba, 2014.

MA, Psychology, University of Manitoba, 2007.

BA (Honours), University of Manitoba, 2003.


Danielle Labossière (PhD, University of Manitoba, 2014) joined the Department of Psychology at Capilano University in 2014 after having held several term positions at campuses in central and eastern Canada, including the University of Manitoba, Université de Saint-Boniface, St. Thomas More College at the University of Saskatchewan and Grenfell Campus of Memorial University.

Apart from introductory psychology and research methods, Labossière greatly enjoys teaching courses on a wide range of topics in psychology including cognition, memory and emotion. In recent years, she has also taught several courses on personality, child and adolescent development, behaviour modification and research methods.

A published researcher, Labossière gained experience working on research projects in labs focused on lines of inquiry tied to cognitive psychology, social and personality psychology, religious sciences, and consumer behaviour and marketing.

Building on her passion for teaching, over the past few years, she has taken on organizing the annual Capilano Universe Lecture Series held in collaboration with local libraries, which connects volunteer faculty with neighbouring communities over topics of shared interest.

My passion for teaching and learning stems from the awe that comes from learning something new, discovering its relation to whats known, becoming aware of unknowns, and sharing such experiences. The landscapes of our minds change constantly, and learning and sharing knowledge are the creative forms of labor that shape it.

In the classroom, I aim to make psychology interesting, accessible, personal, and useful, through making direct links between course content and realistic events, and encouraging students to draw on their personal experiences to contextualize the material. I aim to provide an in-class experience that encourages students to own psychology as a science for the functional narrative it can provide on various facets of life.

My research interests are centered around cognitive factors that influence human performance. For instance, what happens to ignored information and how and why can it nevertheless influence processing of attended information? How do emotion, attention, and memory interact in determining what visual information is attended and processed, how well it is processed, and how efficiently we respond to it in our visual environment?

A related research interest is the role of metacognition in performance, such as the way in which peoples subjective experiences of their own cognitive processes can influence judgements they form, and how aware people are of any correspondence between the two.

Public Lectures & Invited Colloquia

Labossière, D. I. Love: Select topics. Capilano University Psychology Students Club presentation series. Capilano University, 2017.

Labossière, D. I. I Know Not Why I Do: Unconscious influences on emotions, decision-making and behavior. Capilano Universe Lecture Series. Lynn Valley Main Library, 2016.

Labossière, D. I., & Leboe, J. P. Le passé au présent: l'influence des expériences récentes sur la perception courante. Midi-Conférence de l'Association Francophone pour le Savoir (Acfas), Université de Saint-Boniface, 2008.

Conference Presentations

Labossière, D. I., & Leboe-McGowan, J. P. Effects of exposure to Emotionally Charged Visual Information on Attention. Presentation at the 22nd Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science Meeting, Kingston, Ontario, 2012.

Labossière, D. I., & Leboe, J. P. Evidence for a dual-process approach to priming effects. Presentation at the 10th Annual North West Cognition and Memory Meeting, Seattle, Washington, 2008.

Wong, J.D., Labossière, D. I., & Leboe, J. P. Mental effort and the perception of agency. Presentation at the 10th Annual North West Cognition and Memory Meeting, Seattle, Washington, 2008.

Labossière, D. I., Wong, J.D., & Leboe, J. P. The contribution of mental effort to the perception of control. Poster session presented at the 48th Annual Psychonomic Society Meeting, Long Beach, California, 2007.

Labossière, D. I., & Leboe, J. P. The role of prime distractor fluency in negative priming effects. Poster session presented at the 17th Annual Brain Behaviour and Cognitive Science Meeting, Victoria, British Columbia, 2007.

Labossière, D. I., & Leboe, J. P. The effect of prime distractor fluency on negative priming depends on probe target fluency. Poster session presented at the 16th Annual Brain Behaviour and Cognitive Science Meeting, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 2006.


Labossière, D. I., & Leboe-McGowan, J. P. Specific and non-specific match effects in negative priming. Acta Psychologica, 182, 138-153.

Canadian Psychological Association Certificate of Academic Excellence (MA thesis), Canadian Psychological Association, 2008.