Psychology students present research at MPA

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Lewis University psychology students present research at the Midwestern Psychology Association

Published: March 12, 2012.

Eight Lewis University Psychology students will be presenting undergraduate research May 3 at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association 84th Annual Meeting in Chicago.

Jessica Howe, John Malone, Jennifer Merzlock, Amy Pingel, Rusty Steiger, Audrey Stutsman, Ashley Vaicaitis and Cortny Yanowsky are presenting research. The students underwent a rigorous review of their research by various faculty members and a large number of presentations are submitted to the very selective event. To present at the MPA is a prestigious honor for students.

“These wonderful students show their talent and deep training by testing their creative psychological theories in a rigorous scientific manner. They continue a 28-year heritage of presenting and publishing student research in the Psychology Department,” commented Dr. John Greenwood, psychology professor at Lewis University. He continued, “Many students created their unique research designs, gathered and analyzed data while taking our advanced course in research methods. Most have gone on for graduate work and strong careers in applied areas of psychology.”

With Psychology Professor Dr. Mary Vandendorpe as her sponsor, Jessica Howe will present, “Locus of Control, Parental Support and Advisement in Relation to Career-Decision Self-Efficacy.”

With Psychology Professor Dr. Chwan-Shyang Jih, as their sponsor, John Malone and Rusty Steiger will present, “Relationships among Authoritarian Parents, Childhood Disciplinary Environment, Religious Fundamentalism, and Belief in Hell.” Amy Pingel, also sponsored by Jih, will present, “Discrimination of Those with Tattoos in the Workplace.”

Vandendorpe will also sponsor Jennifer Merzlock, who will present, “Romantic Jealousy Experience and Expression in Facebook Behaviors.” In addition to Merzlock, Vandendorpe will sponsor Audrey Stutsman, who will present, “The Effects of Task Difficulty, Stress and Gender on Perceived Achievement.” Ashley Vaicaitis and Cortny Yanowsky, also sponsored by Vandendorpe, will present, “The Effect of Color and Narrative Tone on Emotion.”

Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally aware, and socially responsible graduates. The ninth largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.

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