Psychology Student and Faculty Present to MPA

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Psychology Student and Faculty Present to Midwestern Psychological Association

Published: May 16, 2022.

Senior Psychology student Aubree Smith presented “Fact or Fad: Investigating the Effect of Cognitive Load on the Effectiveness of Fidget Toys" on April 22 at the Midwestern Psychological Association Conference in Chicago. It was presented during the International Honor Society in Psychology Poster Session. Dr. Philip Blankenship, assistant professor of psychology, served as her faculty sponsor.

Blankenship also presented " Humans exhibit differences in route efficiency when navigating environmental space" along with Jenna Osterlund Oltmanns, Northern Illinois University; Ashley Blackwell, Northern Illinois University; Ericka Schaeffer, Northern Illinois University; Thomas Pingel, Virginia Tech; and Douglas Wallace, Northern Illinois University.

The current study evaluated movement organization in humans across two midwestern campuses. The results demonstrate that humans spontaneously produce a more efficient homeward path when navigating environmental space. 

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