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Twenty-four psychology students from Northwest Missouri State University, along with four faculty members, traveled to the conference where the students presented 12 different projects via posters and oral presentations. Four of the presentations received second place awards.

Twenty-four psychology students from Northwest, along with four faculty members, traveled to the 31st Annual Great Plains Students' Psychology Convention where the students presented 12 different projects via posters and oral presentations. Four of the presentations received second place awards.

April 1, 2011

Psychology students' presentations place at annual conference

A team of Northwest psychology students present their research during the 31st Annual Great Plains Students' Psychology Convention March 18-19 at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan.

A team of Northwest psychology students present their research during the 31st Annual Great Plains Students' Psychology Convention March 18-19 at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan.

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Four projects presented by Northwest Missouri State University psychology students earned second-place awards at the 31st Annual Great Plains Students' Psychology Convention March 18-19 at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan.

Twenty-four psychology students from Northwest Missouri State University, along with four faculty members, traveled to the conference where the students presented 12 different projects via posters and oral presentations.

Working with faculty sponsors, the students spent months researching and preparing the projects. Students majoring in psychology are part of the Social Science Research Group, which was formally organized about five years ago to assist the students.

"The purpose of this group is for students to gain a better understanding of the research process under the direction of faculty members," Dr. Rebecca Hendrix said. "This knowledge assists them in understanding the field of psychology and makes them more marketable for graduate study. Students work diligently throughout the year in preparation for the conference and find the process challenging but rewarding."

Founded in 1981, the annual conference is an opportunity for students to hear guest speakers and present psychology projects to their peers. The conference attracts students from Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska and may consist of as many as 130 graduate and undergraduate presentations.

Northwest will host the 32nd annual conference March 9-10, 2012. Dr. Jeremy Wolfe is scheduled to appear as the conference's keynote speaker and will address the audience on his research topic of visual search, an applied emphasis used in careers such as radiology technician and airport screening. Northwest has hosted the conference just once, in 1993.

To learn more about the conference go to http://greatplainspsychology.com/.

The following presentations received second-place awards during the convention at Washburn:

  • "Homophobia and the perception of effeminate dress," presented by Tsakane Baloyi, Dilniya Dawoudi, and Dacey Hassey. Sponsored by Dr. Carla Edwards.
  • "The economy and work locus of control," presented by Camie Steinhoff, Lacy. M Cheers, and Michael Hulgan. Sponsored by Dr. Carla Edwards.
  • "The effects of divorce on attachment styles of students," presented by Shelby R. Sterup, Alexandra Henning, Derrick Evans, Aric Wilson and Jordan Dale. Sponsored by Dr. Rebecca Hendrix.
  • "Texting and personality," presented by Sterling Swayze, Sarah Hayes and Emily Howell. Sponsored by Dr. Ryan Wessell.

Other presentations by Northwest students were:

  • "Honor killing: Seeking an explanation for the unexplainable," presented by Jennifer. M. Evans. Sponsored by Dr. Carla Edwards.
  • "The correlation between test time and academic performance," presented by Danielle Ewing and Sean Cunningham. Sponsored by Dr. Jerrold Barnett.
  • "The effect of anti-smoking campaigns on attitudes toward smoking," presented by Danielle Ewing, Sarah Hayes, Michelle Barton, and Matthew Jessmer. Sponsored by Dr. Jerrold Barnett.
  • "The effects of narcissism and gender on academic entitlement," presented by Ashley N. Girtch. Sponsored by Dr. Jerrold Barnett.
  • "All eyes on you: The effect of audience on performance," presented by Holly M. Harman, Abraham E. Flanigan, and Jessica Patterson. Sponsored by Dr. Carla Edwards.
  • "Presented by Influence of social networks on human interaction," presented by Bethany R. Stump, Alexander C. Williams, Kofi A. Duah, and Anna C. Heitz. Sponsored by Dr. Rebecca Hendrix.
  • "Attraction cues," presented by Victoria Wilkie, Breanna Asher, Lauren Christensen, Jamie DeJonge, and Ashley Yeo. Sponsored by Dr. Ryan Wessell.
  • "Comparison of tests in traditional class settings versus online," presented by Rhonda Williams, Jay Stanton and Kody Hawkins. Sponsored by Dr. Carla Edwards.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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