Lycoming College students present their findings on psychology at a professional conference

Lycoming College students present their findings on psychology at a professional conference

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A group of Lycoming College students took part in the 90th meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association in New York City, February 28-March 2. They gathered their findings and prepared posters to present to their peers around the theme of the conference: Psychology and Constructive Change. 

According to conference website, “many psychologists believe that they, their theories and data, can be of benefit to others, whether the arena in question is education, health and well-being, diversity, inter or intragroup relations, immigration, and reducing prejudice and discrimination, among other worthy sociocultural pursuits.”

All of the students’ research projects stemmed from classes they had completed with a lab element. Each project was designed, run, and written by students. The projects covered a variety of topics including the influence of lyrics or album color on emotions in response to music, the influence of target race on halo effects, and whether perceptions of peers’ alcohol use mediated the relationship between Greek affiliation and personal alcohol use.

 Lycoming College students who attended the conference included: 

  • Elizabeth Nace ’19 (Perkasie, Pa.), Criminal Justice, Psychology
  • Kathryn Henry ’19 (New Windsor, N.Y.), Psychology, Business Administration
  • Ana Cordova ’19 (Houston), Psychology, Spanish
  • Boone Jenkins ’20 (Williamsport), Psychology, Creative Writing
  • Jennifer Grove ’19 (Chambersburg, Pa.), Psychology

 “It was a great experience to meet and interact with so many professionals in the field of psychology--especially as it gave me a taste of what I'll be doing in my professional career. I'm very grateful to Lycoming College (especially Dr. Dean Sprunger, Dr. Kelley, and Dr. Ryan) for giving me this opportunity,” says Jenkins ’20.