Wheeling Jesuit University

Students Travel to Paris for Conference, then Off to San Francisco for More Summer Study

WHEELING, WV, July 14, 2008 — A group of Wheeling Jesuit psychology majors are going to the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior (SSIB) conference this summer in the glamorous location of Paris, France. Which means that the students are traveling to Paris on the French national holiday, Bastille Day, July 14.

The annual conference is taking place from July 15 – 20, 2008 and at two venues located in the heart of Paris.

Four students and their professor, Dr. Bryan Raudenbush (associate professor of psychology and director of undergraduate research) are making the journey to the prestigious conference. Four other students took part in the research but are unable to go on the trip. The students that do travel to Paris will present their thesis research that was conducted in Wheeling Jesuit’s Human Psychophysiology Laboratory over the past few years. (From left are Professor Raudenbush, Alex Reed, Kristin McCombs, Tim Wright and Jude Almeida, preparing to drive to the airport.)

Raudenbush studies continue to draw national attention and have been featured in many publications including a recent mention in the June 2008 Good Housekeeping diet tricks article.

Titles of the studies and students participating include:

• Effects of Peppermint Scent on Appetite Control and Caloric Intake, J. Alex Reed, Jude Almeida and Ben Wershing.

• Nintendo Wii Vs. Microsoft X-Box: Differential Effects on Mood,
Physiology, Snacking Behavior, and Caloric Burn, Jared Bloom, Ryan Hunker, Kristin McCombs, and Tim Wright.

• Scent Dependent Learning: The Effects of Ambient Congruent Vs. Incongruent Scents On Recall of Coffee Information, Justin Schmitt.

Students who will be attending the conference are 2008 graduate Jude Almeida and 2007 graduate Alex Reed, both of Wheeling, 2005 graduate Kristin McCombs of Bethesda and rising senior Tim Wright of Wheeling. The students who are unable to attend are Ben Wershing, Barnesville, Ohio; Jared Bloom, Rayland, Ohio; Ryan Hunker, Martins Ferry, Ohio; and Justin Schmitt, Annadale, Va. all 2008 graduates.

The Paris conference includes poster sessions, oral presentations, and exhibits and is taking place at the AgroParisTech and the Arts and Metiers Paris Tech building. AgroParisTech is a member of a consortium of 10 of the foremost French Graduate Institutes in Science and Engineering. AgroParisTech is also part of the Life and Environmental Science and Technology Hub of the Paris region.

An organization committed to advancing scientific research on food and fluid intake and its associated biological, psychological and social processes, the SSIB provides a multidisciplinary environment for the free exchange of ideas and information, and serves as a resource for scientific expertise and education on topics related to the study of ingestive behavior. It is headquartered in Northbrook, Ill.

Right after the students return, some of them will be off again to
another conference, this time in San Francisco, when they present their research for the Association for Chemical Reception Sciences Conference from July 21-26.

The following six studies have been accepted for presentation at the San Francisco Conference:

• Effects of Peppermint Scent Inhalation on Appetite Control and Caloric Intake, Alex Reed, Jude Almeida and Ben Wershing.

• Effects of Congruent vs. Incongruent Scent During a Scent Dependent and Information Dependent Learning Task, Justin Schmitt.

• Effects of Grapefruit Scent on Enhancing Cognitive Performance, Justin Schmitt, Kristin Koval and Ramsey Miller.

• Effects of Jasmine Scent on Sleep Quality and Cognitive Performance, Ben Wershing and Jude Almeida.

• Effects of Peppermint Scent on Enhancing Weight Lifting, Strength, and Endurance, Jude Almeida, Ben Wershing and Keith Fleishmann.

• Effects of Video Game Play on Snacking Behavior and Caloric Burn: Nintendo Wii vs. Microsoft X-Box, Jared Bloom, Ryan Hunker, Kristen McCombs and Tim Wright.

The students who will be traveling to San Francisco include Hunker, Wright, McCombs and 2007 graduate and Pickerington, Ohio resident Trevor Cessna.

Wheeling Jesuit’s Department of Psychology provides a strong curriculum that teaches students the most current and empirically sound principles of behavior; equips them for success in a variety of graduate programs; offers opportunities for experience in human service, research, and other psychology-related internships; and helps students realize the many ways psychology addresses human social and ethical concerns. One of the strongest and most popular majors on campus with
90 current majors, the psychology department is ranked at the 96th percentile nationally on the Educational Testing Service major field test in psychology.

One of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, the university offers students a quality private education. Since 1995 U.S.News & World Report has ranked the university among the top institutions in its “Best Master’s Universities in the South” category. The campus is also home to the Robert C. Byrd National Technology Transfer Center, the Erma Ora Byrd Center for Educational Technologies®, the NASA-sponsored Classroom of the Future, a Challenger Learning Center® and the Clifford M. Lewis Appalachian Institute.

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