Wheeling Jesuit University


Students Present Research At Philadelphia Psychological Conference



Eight Wheeling Jesuit University students will be traveling to the annual Conference of the Eastern Psychological Association, to be held in Philadelphia, Pa. from March 22-25, 2007.

Psychology professor Dr. Bryan Raudenbush will accompany the students. Also director of undergraduate research at the University, Raudenbush says that his students will benefit from the many contacts and valuable information pertaining to graduate school and the professional world that will be part of the conference activities.

The topics of the students' papers are as follows:

* EFFECTS OF VIDEO GAME PLAY TYPES ON PAIN THRESHOLD AND TOLERANCE, by Trevor Cessna, Raudenbush and Kristin McCombs.

* EFFECTS OF ODORANT ADMINISTRATION ON DRIVING ALERTNESS, FATIGUE, SAFETY, AND PERFORMANCE, by Raudenbush.

* GENDER STEREOTYPED DISTRACTIONS DIFFERENTIALLY INFLUENCE PAIN PERCEPTION AND TOLERANCE IN MALES AND FEMALES, by Rosanna Drake, Kara Blacker and Raudenbush.

* EFFECTS OF CHOCOLATE CONSUMPTION ON ENHANCING COGNITIVE PERFORMANCE, by Alex Reed, Raudenbush, Rosanna Drake, Daniel Felbaum and Lauren Matthews.

* BODY IMAGE SATISFACTION AMONG INTERCOLLEGIATE FEMALE ATHLETES USING A SCALE OF MUSCULARITY, by Kara Blacker, Rosanna Drake, Alex Reed and Raudenbush.

* ABILITY OF GUM FLAVORS TO DISTRACT PARTICIPANTS FROM PAINFUL STIMULI: DIFFERENTIAL EFFECTS OF RETRONASAL VS. ORTHONASAL SCENT ADMINISTRATION, by Lauren Matthews and Raudenbush.

* COMPARISON OF VISUAL VS. OLFACTORY DISTRACTIONS ON PAIN THRESHOLD AND TOLERANCE, by Daniel Felbaum and Raudenbush.

* EFFECTS OF SHAM INTOXICATION ON COGNITIVE FUNCTIONING AND PERFORMANCE, Jeffrey Smith, Raudenbush, Trevor Cessna and Kristin McCombs.

The annual conference offers both students and professors a chance to hear luminaries from all areas of psychology give master lectures about the current state and future directions in their particular area of expertise. In the course of a single day, students will learn the latest ideas across the field of psychology.

Professors also have a chance to attend master teaching lectures that provide tips and examples for instructors at all skill levels. Other topics provide platforms for discussions on technical matters as well as tenure and promotion, academic administration, laboratory and clinic management.

Publishers attend as well and present the latest textbooks and welcome discussions with prospective authors. Participation by funding agencies and other support organizations offer students and faculty a chance to network, make connections and learn about opportunities across the field.




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