On Feb. 1, 2015, at 7:00 pm, Professor Sal Costa spoke at The Last Lecture Series: Round 1. This event is a chance for professors to speak about what they would say if it was their last lecture. Professor Sal Costa has been with Truman since 1975. His research focuses mainly on the use of hypnosis in memory and recall for testing and motivation. He is incredibly involved in the Truman Community such as serving as an advisor for the Judiciary Board for both fraternities and sororities and the Psychology Club.
Psychology major, Roberto Renteria, one of six students, represented Truman’s Ronald E. McNair Program at the Annual McNair Scholars Research Conference Sept. 11-13 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore Country.
The scholars gave public presentations based upon their projects conducted this past summer. Roberto presented “Do Anger and Aggression Mediate Relations between Depression and Impairment?” (Dr. Jeffrey Vittengl, Mentor)
Psychology major, Hannah Rogers, one of four students, graduated this past May of 2015 as one of 37 valedictorians. Hannah is pursuing a PhD in the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program at the University of Missouri with a funding package worth over $147,000. (Dr. Robert Tigner, Mentor)
The McNair Program provides support for students interested in obtaining a Ph.D. who are income eligible, first-generation college students of any background or who are from underrepresented groups. McNair has been at Truman since 1992.
Professor Sal Costa received Research Mentor of the Year and Professor Karen Vittengl was a semi-finalist for the William O’Donnell Lee Advising Award this past spring in the School of Social and Cultural Studies through Student Government and the Center for Academic Excellence.
Congratulations to Outstanding Students in Psychology Christopher Zerr and Clare Fielding Bogle.
Also, to those who received Department Honors- Esther Chu, Joseph Hannan, Taylor Moore, Erin Nyquist, Megan Todd and Christopher Zerr and, lastly, to the 87 seniors who will be graduating this week.
To those not graduating, we look forward to seeing you next fall; enjoy your summer break.
Psychology majors and minors along with Psi Chi, the National Honor Organization in Psychology, will give oral and poster presentations at the Midwestern Psychological Association in Chicago, April 30-May 2. The list includes:
- Gender and Social Class Presentations
- “Racial Differences in Initial Contact Messages in Online Dating” by Mark N Hatala, Elizabeth Rehfeldt, Danny Hearst, Taylor Morre, Melissa Stockwell, Connor Madden, Emily Koenig, Mike Rudy
- “Building the Quintessential Comedian: A Demographic Analysis” by Mark N Hatala, Max McDermott, Priyanka Prabhu, Danny Hearst, Sathya Anand, Emily Koenig, Melissa Stockwell, Taylor Moore
- Psi Chi Poster Session I: Applied, Biological, and Clinical Psychology
- “Meanings and Values of ‘Better’ and ‘Worse’ Moods” by: Christopher L. Zerr, Sarah Bussen, Erin N. Nyquist, Sarah Jo David, Anthony Roberson, Truman State University (Jeffrey R. Vittengl, Faculty Sponsor)
- Psi Chi Poster Session II: Clinical and Cognitive Psychology
- “The Effects of 3D Viewing” by: Roberto Renteria, Amanda Crawford, Clare Fielding, Jennifer Phillips, Truman State University (Karen Vittengl, Faculty Sponsor)
- Poster Session III: Cognitive and Developmental Psychology
- “Change deafness and the association between language proficiency and word recall” by: Christopher Sotraidis; Carlyn Muehlhauser; Celeste Turnbull; John Wiesler; Amy Schwend; Dylan Ziegemeier; Anna Wiskirchen, Truman State University (Salvatore Costa, Faculty Sponsor)
- Poster Session VII: Social Psychology
- “The Effect of Hypnosis on Conforming Tendencies” by: Connor Madden; Zachary Jefferson; Shannon Lynch; Brendan Cirillo; Jacob Loesche; Roxanne Chong; Blake Harris; Jeremiah Johnson, Truman State University (Salvatore Costa, Faculty Sponsor)
- “The Effect of Hypnotic Relaxation Techniques on Sleep” by: Jacob Sloan; Emily Berry; David Gambin; John Scofield; Mark Roberts; Emily Starkey; Charlie Schaeffer; Xiaochen Jin, Truman State University (Salvatore Costa, Faculty Sponsor)
Junior Psychology major and Spanish minor Vanessa Alexander (mentor: Dr. Jeffrey Vittengl) presented her research proposal titled, “The Relation between Beliefs on the Biological Origin of Schizophrenia and the Intensity of Symptoms Exhibited on a Blog” at the 18th Annual McNair Heartland Research Conference in Kansas City, Mo., on September 19-21.
McNair Scholars have conducted independent research, have been mentored by faculty, and plan to attend graduate school to earn a doctoral degree. Nationally, 57% of McNair Scholars immediately matriculate into graduate programs after earning a bachelor’s degree. The purpose of the McNair Program is to increase the attainment of Ph.D. degrees by students from underrepresented segments of society.
Spring 2014 Undergraduate Research
Oral Presentations included:
“Machismo and Marianismo Revisited: Language, Acculturation, and Gender Role Perceptions Among Latinos” by Analia F. Albuja. (Dr. Sherri Palmer, Faculty Mentor)
“Childhood Trauma as a Postcolonial Device in The God of Small Things” by Seth A. Emery. (Dr. Hena Ahmad, Faculty Mentor)
“The Efficacy of Various Bridging Stimuli During Acquisition of an Operant Task and the Use of Food-Based Positive Reinforcement Training on Unwanted Oral Inverstigative Behaviors in Horses, Equus caballus” by Megan R. LaFollette, and Kaitlin Cloonan. (Dr. Kelly W. Walter, Faculty Mentor)
“Is All Well that Ends Well?” by Randall T. Miller. (Dr. Terry Palmer, Faculty Mentor)
“Statistics Skills Preferred by Social Work Graduate Programs” by Abigail M. Nehrkorn, Gail I. Harmata, David Schultz, Clare N. Fielding, Monica R. DeBold, and Jeffrey V. Leafblad. (Dr. David B. Conner, and Dr. Jeffrey Vittengl, Faculty Mentors)
“Relation Between Academic Summer Camp Involvement and Self-Concept Growth Among Gifted Adolescents” by Anthony J. Roberson. (Dr. Jeffrey Vittengl, Faculty Mentor)
“The Effect of Phosphatidylserine on Learning and Memory Task Performance in Rodents: A Meta-Analysis” by Grace O. Robinson, and Joseph R. Gregory. (Dr. Jeffrey Vittengl, Faculty Mentor)
“Faces of Aggression: An Analysis of Correlates Between Race, Views of Masculinity, and Acceptance of Violence” by Kenneth C. Warner. (Dr. Anton Daughters, Faculty Mentor)
“Does Sitting Position Matter in Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback?” by Christopher L. Zerr, Jack Schoelz, Emily Bauer, and Brian Cary. (Dr. Fredric Shaffer, Faculty Mentor)
“Heart Rate Variability Norms for Healthy Undergraduates” by Christopher L. Zerr, Andrew Hunter, Ryan Brannon, and Penelope Komes. (Dr. Fredric Shaffer, Faculty Mentor)
“HRV Biofeedback Training Decreases Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) Scores in Healthy Undergraduates” by Christopher L. Zerr, David Schultz, Yu Men, and David Heuermann. (Dr. Fredric Shaffer, Faculty Mentor)
“HRV Biofeedback Training Raises Temperature and Lowers Skin Conductance” by Christopher L. Zerr, Christopher P. Williams, Samantha Gorden, and Megan Todd. (Dr. Fredric Shaffer, Faculty Mentor)
Poster Presentations included:
“Lived Experience of Being a Woman in Two Cultures for Bicultural Women” by Erin S. Bavery (Dr. Stephen Hadwiger, Faculty Mentor)
“The Effects of 3D Viewing” by Clare N. Fielding, Myra C. Milam, Erin F. Smith, Amanda M. Crawford, and Roberto Renteria. (Dr. Karen L. Vittengl, Faculty Mentor)
“The Effects of Tempo on Reported Anxiety” by Joseph R. Gregory, Megan R. Hohenstein, Mallika Rama, Gregory Scheetz, Jeremiah Johnson, and Daniel Trainor. (Mr. Sal Costa, Faculty Mentor)
“The Physiological Effects of the Alpha-Stim Device” by Joseph R. Gregory. (Mr. Sal Costa, Dr. Richard Hall [A.T. Still University], and Dr. Fredric Shaffer, Faculty Mentors)
“Evaluating the efficacy of positive and negative reinforcement while introducing a novel obstacle to horses (Equus caballus)” by Megan R. LaFollette, Kaitlin A. Cloonan, and Taylor Stimac. (Dr. Kelly W. Walter, Faculty Mentor)
“Binaural Beats and Hypnosis and Their Effect Upon Word Recall” by Connor E. Madden, Abigail M. Nehrkorn, Jesse B. Banner, Alicia A. Foglesong, Michael J. Gibson, Carlyn Muehlhauser, Caleb J. Scarborough, Jacob A. Sloan, Christopher A. Sotraidis, John R. Wiesler, Micaela M. Zebrowski, and Andrew D. Zeiler. (Mr. Sal Costa, Faculty Mentor)
“Hypnosis and Its Effect upon a Fear of Public Speaking by Abigail M. Nehrkorn, Connor E. Madden, Andrew D. Zeiler, Christopher A. Sotraidis, Jacob A. Sloan, Michael J. Gibson, Micaela M. Zebrowski, Caleb J. Scarborough, Alicia A. Foglesong, John R. Wiesler, Carlyn Muehlhauser, and Jesse B. Banner. (Mr. Sal Costa, Faculty Mentor)
“Only Children: Funniest of the Funny” by Kenneth C. Warner, Sierra Horton, Priyanka Prabhu, Emily Koenig, Taylor Moore, Marisssa Fabbri, Connor E. Madden, Danny Heurst, and Melissa Stockwell. (Dr. Mark Hatala, Faculty Mentor)
“Religious and Relationship Commitment in Online Dating” by Kenneth C. Warner, Priyanka Prabhu, Emily Koenig, Connor E. Madden, Marisssa Fabbri, Taylor Moore, Seirra Horton, Melissa Stockwell, and Danny Heurst. (Dr. Mark Hatala, Faculty Mentor)
“Meaning and Values of Better and Worse Moods” by Christopher L. Zerr, Sarah Bussen, and Erin N. Nyquist. (Dr. Jeffrey Vittengl, Faculty Mentor)
Dr. Michele Breault, the first female faculty member hired in the Truman (then Northeast Missouri) department of psychology, began teaching in 1980. Last December, Michele retired from full-time teaching and was honored by forty two people in attendance at a Homecoming Alumni Reception this past October. Below are a few comments from our alumni on a recent alumni survey.
Dr. Michele Breault Honorary Fund was created through initial donations by several of her faculty colleagues and former students. The fund was dedicated in her honor for the purchase of needed hallway seating for students to gather, collaborate and talk to faculty members as Michele always took the time to do.
“She was a fantastic influence”
“It was the research experience I had with her that …led me to my current job”
“She taught me so much about psychology and…how to mentor others in a sensitive and accepting way”
“Michele was a fantastic instructor in the social psychology course”
“Dr. Breault challenged me to go outside my comfort areas and test the guidelines of social interaction.”
Seniors Megan Hohenstein and Analia Albuja presented research at the 21st Annual McNair Presentation on September 9, 2013. Megan presented “Working Memory, Metacognition, and the Impact of Personal Electronic Devices in the Classroom” and Analia presented “Machismo and Marianismo Revisted: Language, Acculturation, and Gender Role Perceptions Among Latinos”. Psychology faculty whom served as mentors for their research projects are respectively Drs Sherri Palmer and Terry Palmer.
The purpose of the McNair Program is to increase the attainment of Ph.D. degrees by students from underrepresented segments of society. The mission of Truman’s program is to ensure that participants attain their undergraduate degrees on time, encourage them to enroll in graduate programs and then track their progress through to the successful completion of the Ph.D.
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