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WJU Presents at Psychophysiological Research Conference in Texas

WHEELING, WV, Oct. 6, 2008 - Wheeling Jesuit University students and alumni returned today from a research conference that recognized their work in psychology. The group attended the Society for Psychophysiological Research Conference in Austin, Tex. that met from Oct. 1 - 5.

The conference offered researchers at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels an opportunity to meet other professionals and students from across the globe and discuss research, news and careers. The Wheeling Jesuit group was led by the university's director of undergraduate research, Dr. Bryan Raudenbush.

(From left are Trevor Cessna, Kristin McCombs, Alex Reed, Tim Wright and Bryan Raudenbush.)

Raudenbush is also the associate professor of psychology at the university where he has worked for 11 years. The WJU students and their research presented at the 2008 conference includes:

o Effects of video game play on snacking behavior, caloric burn, and physiology: Nintendo Wii vs. Microsoft X-box, by Jared Bloom of Rayland, Ohio; Ryan Hunker of Martins Ferry, Ohio; Kristin McCombs of Bethesda, Ohio; and Tim Wright of Wheeling.

o Effects of chocolate consumption on enhancing cognitive performance by Alex Reed of Wheeling; Rosanna Drake of Ellicott City, Md.; Lauren Mathews of Springfield, Ohio; and Daniel Felbaum of Pasig City, Philippines.

o Effects of peppermint scent inhalation on smoking cessation, by Trevor Cessna of Pickerington, Ohio; Rosanna Drake, Daniel Felbaum and Jared Bloom.

o Effects of peppermint scent administration on reducing hunger ratings, food consumption and weight, by Alex Reed, Jude Almeida of Wheeling and Ben Wershing of Barnesville, Ohio.

Students and alumni who actually attended the Texas conference were: senior Tim Wright, Kristin McCombs ('05 graduate), Alex Reed ('07 graduate) and Trevor Cessna ('07 graduate). McCombs is also an adjunct instructor of psychology at WJU.

Cessna was the recipient of a $500 travel award from the conference committee. He was one of only 16 students from North America who received this competitive prize. Cessna is currently in graduate school at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, Pa., another Jesuit university and is also a research technician at Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia.

Founded in 1960, the Society for Psychophysiological Research is an international scientific society with worldwide membership. Headquartered in Madison, Wis., the society fosters research on the interrelationships between the physiological and psychological aspects of behavior. To promote this purpose, the society publishes scientific literature, including the journal Psychophysiology, and holds annual meetings for presentation and discussion of original theory and research, instrumentation and methodology, and new directions and standards in the field.

The youngest of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, Wheeling Jesuit University offers students a high-quality private education. Since 1995 U.S. News & World Report has ranked Wheeling Jesuit 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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