Wheeling Jesuit University

Psychology Department Travels to Research Conference in Berlin, Germany

Department goes to the 49th annual Psychophysiological Research Conference in Europe.

WHEELING, WV, Oct. 26, 2009 — Wheeling Jesuit University psychology students, alumni and professors are in Berlin, Germany for five days, sharing their research with professionals from all over the world at the Psychophysiological Research Conference. The group is led by Dr. Bryan Raudenbush, associate professor of psychology and director of undergraduate research at the university.

The scientific program began this past Thursday morning and includes invited speakers, symposia, poster sessions, special interest luncheons and dinners, informal conversation and social hours. All sessions are held at the Berliner Congress Center and offer a chance to share ideas and network in the professional field of psychology.

(From left and attired in their official Super Lab hoodies, Professor Raudenbush and his psychology lab, Tim Wright, Scott Bonnette, Megan Foutty, Amanda Stover and Kristin McCombs are shown ready to depart for Berlin.)

Research presented by the Wheeling Jesuit students include:

1. Effects of grapefruit scent on enhancing cognitive performance;

2. Sham Intoxication: Effects on performance and physiology during Nintendo Wii Fit balance games;

3. Effects of chocolate consumption on pain threshold and tolerance;

4. Interaction effects of visual and auditory distractions on pain threshold and tolerance in older adults.

Raudenbush and his laboratory studies continue to draw national attention and have been featured in many publications including a recent mention in the September 2009 Good Housekeeping health article, Conquer What You Crave.

Wheeling Jesuit students and alumni attending:

Scott Bonnette '09 psychology graduate, Megan Foutty, current psychology major senior, Kristin McCombs '05 graduate and current adjunct instructor in psychology, Amanda Stover '09 psychology/chemistry graduate, Kristain Winters current psychology senior, Tim Wright '09 psychology/philosophy graduate.

Bonnette won a very competitive $1,000 travel fellowship to attend this conference, adding to his laurels.

The group also witnessed the 20th Anniversary year of the fall of the Berlin wall that Berlin has been celebrating this year. It was Nov. 9, 1989 that the ruling Communist party in East Germany announced that its citizens would be allowed to travel directly to West Germany.

"This was the 20th Anniversary year of the Berlin wall between east and west Berlin being torn down, so it was a historic moment for us to witness," said Raudenbush, on his return to campus.

The Wheeling Jesuit group takes part in the 49th annual Psychophysiological Research Conference by attending the meeting. Founded in 1960, the Society for Psychophysiological Research is an international scientific society with worldwide membership that exists to foster research on the interrelationships between the physiological and psychological aspects of behavior. 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.

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