UAM Students Present Research At Southwestern Psychological Association Convention

MONTICELLO, AR — Two psychology students from the University of Arkansas at Monticello presented a poster of their original research at the annual convention of Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA) in San Antonio, Tex., March 31-April 2.

            Jayme Burris, a senior psychology major from Crosby, Tex., and Janna Alvarez, a junior psychology major from of Hampton, presented a poster entitled “Differential Effects of Study Break Activities on Memory.” The poster illustrated their research into the effects of computer gaming, listening to classical music, and rest during break-affect learning, after they were exposed to a visual presentation of a 25-word list. The study also examined whether negative mood affected the participants’ learning.

            The students were led in their research by Dr. Seungyeon Lee and Dr. Eric C. Prichard, assistant professors of psychology. The students received research grants and Lee received a faculty advisor travel grant from Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology. Ps Chi sponsors undergraduate and graduate student research at local, regional and national levels through research award competitions and provides opportunities for students to present research and recognize their scholarly accomplishments at regional and national psychological association meetings.

            SWPA is a regional conference that receives hundreds of entries annually from students across southwestern regions including Arizona, New Mexico, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Texas, but only small of the submissions are accepted each year for Psi Chi poster presentation.           

            For more information, contact the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at (870) 460-1047.

PHOTO CAPTION: Jayne Burris (center) and Janna Alvarez (right) display the research poster they presented to the Southwestern Psychological Association. Also pictured are faculty advisors Dr. Seungyeon Lee (left) and Dr. Eric Prichard (back).


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