EPA Spotlight: Curation and Content Learning

Gregg Byrne, Senior with Dr. Althea Bauernschmidt 

What is the title of your presentation?

Effects of Curation on Content Learning 

What is your research about?

Our research is geared towards trying to see if manipulating what specific resources people are told to study from affects their general knowledge of a subject. 

Why is your research interesting/relevant/important?

E-learning is a popular and increasingly validated method of learning. One of the primary features of e-learning is the curation of digital content, however the learning benefits of curated content have not been thoroughly examined. 

What are you looking forward to most about the conference?

I enjoy being able to talk to other students, professors, etc. about our research and try to see where new research could possibly lead us. 

EPA Spotlight: Awareness of Exercise and Cognition

Chris Russo, Senior with Dr. Althea Bauernschmidt

What is the title of your presentation? 

Student's Metacognitive Awareness of Exercise and Cognition

What is your research about? 

I wanted to do a study to examine college aged adults in the factors of exercise and nutrition and if they understood that these factors impact cognition

Why is your research interesting/relevant/important? 

I found that college aged adults were aware that these factors impacted cognition but actively choose the unhealthy lifestyle, limiting their potential. My research will help to improve learning, especially on college campuses. 

What are you looking forward to most about the conference? 

I am looking forward to networking with experts in the field and surrounding myself with the most cutting edge research. I am also looking forward to drinking a mimosa immediately after presenting.

EPA Spotlight: Depression and BMI Following a Buffet

Kayla Cuifolo, Senior and Quentin King-Shepard, Senior with Dr. Gregory Privitera

What is the title of your presentation?

Differential Food Intake and Food Choice by Depression and BMI Levels Following a Mood Manipulation in a Buffet-Style Setting 

What is your research about? 

Our research is about whether food intake following a manipulation inducing sadness would be moderated by depression and BMI, with greater intake and food choice for energy-dense foods evident for obese individuals with diagnostic symptoms of depression 

Why is your research interesting/relevant/important?

Our research is relevant and important because we are trying to show that obese individuals that are depressed have greater intake of food and the food they eat is energy dense compared to non-depressed individuals. 

What are you looking forward to most about the conference?

I am looking forward to presenting our research and showing people what we have found. Also I am excited to see other posters and talk to many colleagues at the conference. 

EPA Spotlight: Attitudes Toward Tattoos

Gregg Byrne, Senior with Dr. Robin Valeri 

Title of Presentation: 

College Students’ Attitudes toward Tattooed Model Representing their University 

What is your research about?

Our research is about trying to see if one's attitudes and perceptions of someone is changed depending on if they have a visible tattoo or not. 

Why is your research interesting/relevant/important?

The percentage of people in our country getting or already having tattoo’s is greatly increasing. But, are our ideas and stereotypical behaviors towards people with tattoo’s changing? Are we more accepting of these people? 

What are you looking forward to most about the conference?

I enjoy being able to talk to other students, professors, etc. about our research and try to see where new research could possibly lead us.

Students to Present at Eastern Psychological Association

Five students (and their professors) will be presenting their research at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association over spring break in New York City. They will be presenting their research on a variety of topics: e-learning, exercise and memory, depression and BMI, zombies and memory in survival scenarios, and attitudes towards tattoos. Congratulations to our student researchers!  

New research into Autism

A just-released study from Harvard had found a link between GABA and autism.  This is the first study that has managed to find a concrete relationship between a neurotransmitter and the disorder.  As I was reading it, my thought was that it might also be part of the explanation as to why individuals with autism often experience significant anxiety as well.  I look forward to the advances that are sure to come in this line of research!  http://www.bostonmagazine.com/health/blog/2015/12/18/gaba-autism/