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Wheeling Jesuit Presents 10 Studies to Eastern Psychological Association

WHEELING, WV, March 1, 2012 -- Wheeling Jesuit University is well represented at the Eastern Psychological Association conference in Pittsburgh, March 1-4, 2012.

A total of 10 student presentations were accepted and will be shared at the annual meeting, to be held at the Westin Convention Center.

"I'm pleased to report that 100 percent of our submissions were accepted for presentation this week in Pittsburgh. Our students develop research that is meaningful and respected. They will benefit greatly from this experience which offers exposure to the professional world of psychology," said Dr. Bryan Raudenbush, psychology professor, department chair and director of undergraduate research.

This will be sophomore Allison Burke's first trip to the EPA conference and shes excited to be presenting at the event.

"I'm elated to go. It feels like I'm achieving something special. This conference is a stepping stone to becoming a therapist, which is my future goal," said Burke, Washington, Pa. native.

Junior Sierra Moore of St. Clairsville, Ohio, agrees. (From left are August Capiola, Allison Burke, Jessica Florian, Sierra Moore, Kristin McCombs, Dr. Michael Kirkpatrick, Dr. Bryan Raudenbush.)

"It's great that WJU provides students an opportunity to present in conferences like this one and Im sure this experience will help me to get into medical school. It will set me a part from the competition," said Moore.

The following WJU studies and have been accepted for presentation:

1. "Effects of Nintendo Wii Tennis Video Game Play on Pain Distraction," Jonathan Kolks '10, Kristin McCombs '05, Alexandra Hamilton-Cotter '10 and Raudenbush,
2. "Effects of Jasmine Scent Administration on Physiological and Psychological Stress Reactions in Enclosed Spaces," seniors Jessica Florian, August Capiola and Raudenbush,
3. "Effects of Food Neophobia and Neophilia on Diet and Metabolic Processing," Capiola and Raudenbush,
4. "Effects of Sham Intoxication on Physical Performance Using the Nintendo Wii Fit," Megan Foutty '10, Tim Wright '08, Keith Fleischmann '11 and Raudenbush,
5. "Effects of Artificial Sweeteners on Pain Threshold and Tolerance," Kristin McCombs '05, Mark Sappington '11 and Raudenbush,
6. "Effects of Soccer Ball Heading on Scent Identification and Olfactory Functioning," Capiola and Raudenbush,
7. "Influence of Color and Viscosity on Milk Pleasantness and Intensity Ratings in Disordered Eaters," Sappington, Capiola, Michael Seals '11 and Raudenbush,
8. "Conveying Personality Characteristics Through Color," Florian, sophomore Allison Burke and Psychology Professor Dr. Debra Hull,
9. "The Use of Behavioral Methods to Study Visual Imagery," junior Sierra Moore, senior Joan Cotter, senior Alaina Antoinette, senior Cassie Sanderson, Capiola and Psychology Professor Dr. Michael Kirkpatrick,
10. "A Behavioral Interpretation of Performance Under Instructions to Imagine," Sarah Mogan '11, junior Ariadne Cerritelli and Kirkpatrick.

The Eastern Psychological Association (EPA) was founded in 1896 and is the oldest of the regional Psychological Associations in the United States. Members of the EPA present the latest advances in professional and scientific work to their colleagues during the national meeting and have a chance to hear presentations from many of the top researchers in the field. The speakers are at the international level of expertise and acclaim in the fields of psychology and social behavior.

These award-winning researchers offer the latest advance and opinions in the scientific community as topics of discussion during the dozens of presentations during the weekend conference.

"Many times students have a chance to meet mentors who will help them in their future careers during the weekend. Our psychology majors look forward to this conference and other opportunities to present their research throughout the year," said Raudenbush.

At Wheeling Jesuit, 42 percent of undergraduates participate in research projects, compared with a national average of just 19 percent. WJU students also achieved 100 percent passing rate on national board certifications and 100 percent acceptance into most graduate programs last year, including law, medicine and physical therapy.

Currently, the Wheeling Jesuit campus community is anticipating its annual Student Symposium and Research Day in April. This spring event offers all students in every discipline a chance to research and present their work in a formal talk that is open to campus and the public.

A global leader in academic excellence, undergraduate research and service learning, Wheeling Jesuit University is ranked in the top 10 percent of the nation's colleges by Forbes Magazine. One of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, Wheeling Jesuit has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a top university for the past 15 years. For complete information, please visit www.wju.edu or call 1-800-624-6992.

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