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Psychology News


Lycoming College students present at Neuroscience Undergraduate Research Conference

On April 25, 2021, three Lycoming College students presented their research at the Lehigh Valley Society for Neuroscience Undergraduate Research Conference. Annabelle Brinkerhoff ‘21, Katie Moon ’21, and Emily Frantz ’21 were among 18 other students selected to present at this year’s virtual conference.

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Lycoming researchers find trend of mixing alcohol and energy drinks leads to increased alcohol consumption

A team of faculty and student researchers at Lycoming College recently set out to address the growing trend of mixing caffeinated energy drinks with alcohol and whether the practice leads to higher intake of alcohol. Their findings on this significant public health concern are detailed in a paper entitled, “Caffeine Increases Alcohol Self-Administration, an Effect that is Independent of Dopamine D2 Receptor Function,” which was recently published in the peer-reviewed journal Alcohol.

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Lycoming student partners with local author on teacher’s guide

Victoria White ’18, a psychology major pursuing certifications in elementary and special education at Lycoming College, has created a teacher’s guide for the children’s book, “Uncle Axie’s Ugly Tie,” by Judy Nordstrom. White and Nordstrom worked together on the guide for several months, and have collaborated to present it in local classrooms.

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Pioneering student-faculty research reveals link between motivational orientation and emotion

A student-faculty research duo at Lycoming College identified an interesting link between motivational orientation and emotions in the workplace. Motivational orientation refers to a person’s interests, attitudes and willingness to master tasks and goals.

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Student-faculty research earns award from psychology association

Research about the influence of maternal depression on a child’s self-esteem earned a psychology student and her faculty mentor an Eastern Regional Research Award for 2016-17, given by Psi Chi, the national honor society for psychology.

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Historian to share research about mental health issues of post-Civil War veterans

Diane Sommerville, Ph.D., associate professor of history at Binghamton University, will discuss the after effects of war suffered by Civil War veterans during a presentation at 7: 15 p.m. on April 3 in the Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall, at the corner of Basin and Fourth Streets. The presentation, and a brief reception that follows, are free and open to the public.

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Award-winning author to share insights about the opioid epidemic in the Heartland of America

Sam Quinones, a former Los Angeles-based journalist, will share the insights he gained while writing his book “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic” during a presentation on April 3 at 7 p.m. at the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport. The presentation is free and open to the public.

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New translation of award-winning book promotes psychology studies in Brazil

Richard Hughes, M. B. Rich professor of religion, published a revised version of his book, “Return of the Ancestor,” (Sao Paulo: E Realizacoes, 2015) in Portuguese to further psychology studies in Brazil. The original book, published in 1992, earned a Swiss book award in 1993.

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