Psychology Students Present Research to 2016 Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA) Convention

MONTICELLO, AR —  Three senior psychology students from the University of Arkansas at Monticello presented posters of their original research at the annual conference of the Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA) in Dallas, Tex., April 7-10.

            Students Michael Todd Pickett of Wilmar, Gina Ashcraft of White Hall and James Alexander of Paris, Tex., were joined by faculty advisors Dr. Seungyeon Lee and Dr. Jeanette Walters, assistant professors of psychology, at the conference. Each of the students are members of Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology.

            The SWPA regional conference receives hundreds of entries annually from students across the south and southwestern U.S., including Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. Only a small percentage of submissions are accepted each year for Psi Chi poster presentation, according to Lee.

Alexander presented a poster entitled “How Cognitive Dissonance Influences on College Students’ Attitude and their Voting Behavior,” which attempted to examine how easily a person in a voting scenario could be manipulated into voting against their own beliefs, by comparing pre- and post-dissonance based on college students’ responses to measure the change in attitude and voting behavior.

            Pickett and Ashcraft presented a poster entitled “The Influence on Video Gaming on Reaction Time to Visual Stimuli in College Students,” which investigated the effects of video games on executive functions in college students and how this effect improves college students’ reaction time while increasing their correct response rate for low-and high-aptitude perceivers in three different conditions.

 

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Pictured from left are Dr. Jeanette Walters, James Alexander, Gina Ashcraft, Michael Pickett, and Dr. Seungyeon Lee.

 

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