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WJU Students and Professor Present Research in Florida

A group of WJU students, along with Dr. Bryan Raudenbush, assistant professor of psychology, recently returned from the Association for Chemical Reception Science conference in Sarasota, Fla., where the following presentations were made;

- Nathan Corley and Raudenbush presented their research titled “Effects of Odorant Administration on Ratings of Physical Attractiveness and Personality Characteristics.”
The two discussed how males rate females as more attractive and possessing more positive personality characteristics when in the presence of cinnamon odor. This has implications for how individuals are viewed in social situations and the way individuals might respond in dating and social-interaction situations, particularly since cinnamon odor also increases sexual arousal in males.

- Pamela Grayhem, Jerrod Koon, Allison Whalen, Shannon Barker, Jessica Perkins and Raudenbush presented “Effects of Peppermint Odor on Increasing Clerical Office-Work Performance.” The group discovered clerical office work (typing, filing, alphabetization) can be improved with peppermint odor, which stimulates work habits. The group discussed how peppermint has implications for any business environment where managers wish to increase worker productivity.

- Ashley Kozlowski, Breyan Tornifolio and Raudenbush presented their study titled “Generalizability vs. Specificity of Psychophysical Ratings Made by Food Neophobics and Neophilics Across All Sensory Dimensions.” The group discovered sensory ratings of food neophobics (those individuals who are unwilling to try new foods) do not extend to ratings of other sensory qualities.

- Brian Meyer, Nicholas Flower, Kozlowski, Corley and Raudenbush’s study “Cephalic Phase Salivary Response Differences Characterize Levels of Food Neophobia” discussed how food neophobics salivate less to all types of food and non-food stimuli, whereas food neophilics (those people overtly willing to try new foods) tend to salivate a lot to anything.

- Anne McCune, Kimberly Gillis, Kristin Zambito, Perkins, Tornifolio, and Raudenbush’s presentation was titled “Effects of Motivation and Competitiveness on Pain Threshold and Response.” Their study showed that people can withstand more painful stimuli for a longer period of time if they are told that the general public can withstand a particular level of pain. Implications are related to motivating people to endure painful situations when they might otherwise want some type of release from the painful stimulation.

- Meyer, Flower, Koon and Raudenbush presented a project titled “Modulation of Pain Threshold, Pain Tolerance, Mood, Workload and Anxiety Through Odorant Administration”î This research showed that people can withstand more painful stimuli for a longer period of time if either peppermint or jasmine odor is in the room. According to Raudenbush, this has great implication for in-patient surgeries, stressful events, and promoting relaxation at the dentist's office or playing a sport while injured.

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