Psychology research students presented the results of their projects at conferences in Staten Island, New York; Scranton, Pennsylvania; and Oswego, New York, on April 18 and 25. A total of 66 students co-authored 14 presentations. The research took place in the laboratories of Professors Cyndy Scheibe, Mary Turner DePalma, Leigh Ann Vaughn, and Barney Beins.
Nancy Rader presented two research papers, one co-authored by psychology alumnus Albert Sahlstrom '06, at the recent biennial convention of the Society for Research in Child Development in Denver.
Assistant professor of psychology Jeffrey Holmes published an article, entitled "Religiosity, Meaning in Life, and Clinical Symptomotology: A Comparison of African-American and European-American College Students." The research appeared in the most recent issue of the Journal of College Student Psychotherapy.
Leigh Ann Vaughn, associate professor of psychology, and Sarah Hesse '06, Zhivka Petkova '06, and Lindsay Trudeau '06 have published an article titled, "'This Story Is Right On': The Impact of Regulatory Fit on Narrative Engagement and Ppersuasion," in this month's issue of the European Journal of Social Psychology.
The research showed that when people read a story, feelings of rightness from regulatory fit (consistency between regulatory state and strategic means) can suggest that the story is "right on" relative to feelings of wrongness from regulatory nonfit. Under these conditions, individuals who are experiencing feelings of rightness engage more with the narrative and are more persuaded by its implicit messages.
Assistant Professor Bill Hudenko and his students Mike Magenheimer, Sean Sunderland, Julia Lyon, and Matti Hautala presented their research in a poster presentation at the annual convention of the Eastern Psychological Association. In addition, Nadine Wells from Professor Barney Beins's research team presented two posters at the convention in Pittsburgh.