2017 Eastern Psychological Association Conference

 

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On March 16th-18th, seven Marist psychology majors did a great job presenting their work at the Eastern Psychological Association Annual Meeting at the Park Plaza Hotel in Boston, MA.

Click the links below for more information about each presentation.

Blass, J. & Stone, M. The effect of training on spatial memory
Eberle, G. & Levering, K. R. Mental health and poverty in the Hudson Valley
Heck, M. & Levering, K. R. Social media and cheating behavior
Hicks, E. & Jay, K. L. The relationship between trait-mindfulness and implicit racial bias
Miller, L. & Jay, K. The effect of suppression strategies on intrusive thoughts, anxiety, and pain perception
Poinan, M. & Jay, K. A mindful touch: Somatosensory perception and mindfulness
Shea, M. Examining undergraduate sojourner's cultural adaptation and institutional methods of preparation

 

THE EFFECT OF TRAINING ON SPATIAL MEMORY RECALL IN PRESCHOOLERS

JACQUELINE BLASS, MARY STONE

This study investigated the ability of preschoolers to benefit from strategy instruction when completing a memory task. While some children received no training, other children were trained to implement categorical clustering while encoding or retrieving the spatial information. Effectiveness of the trained strategy was assessed via recall accuracy. A main effect of age and training condition revealed that older children and children instructed to use categorical clustering as a retrieval strategy

 

                      J. Blass & M. Stone                                                                                                    

MENTAL HEALTH AND POVERTY IN THE HUDSON VALLEY

GABRIELLE EBERLE, KIMERY LEVERING

This study explored the prevalence of mental health issues and its relationship with financial need in a sample of Hudson Valley residents seeking assistance. Analyzing responses to a survey we found that many participants demonstrated evidence of moderate to severe levels of mental health issues (e.g.depression, anxiety, stress), and financial distress (in terms of income, debt, use of social programs), but few of these measures were significantly correlated.

G. Eberle

SOCIAL MEDIA AND CHEATING BEHAVIOR

MARTIN HECK, KIMERY LEVERING

This study investigates the relationship between social media use, cheating behavior, and desires for various types of romantic/sexual relationships (e.g. "friends with benefits," committed, etc.) amongst college students. Results from a survey indicated many significant relationships, including a strong positive correlation between propensity to cheat and level of social media use, though this was only true for males. Implications for the use of social media in relationship acquisition/development in adolescence are discussed.

 


 M. Heck & K. Levering                                                                                                   

INVESTIGATING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN TRAIT-MINDFULNESS AND IMPLICIT RACIAL BIAS

ELIZABETH C. HICKS, KRISTIN L. JAY

While previous research has examined the effects of mindfulness interventions on implicit bias, the current study investigates whether, without a specific meditation intervention, higher base-line levels of trait-mindfulness are significantly related to lower levels of implicit racial bias. Significant negative correlations were found between trait-mindfulness scores and implicit racial bias scores, supporting the hypothesis. These results offer new insight into how and why mindfulness meditation practice may reduce implicit bias.


 E. Hicks                                                                                                     

THE EFFECT OF SUPPRESSION STRATEGIES ON INTRUSIVE THOUGHTS, ANXIETY, AND PAIN PERCEPTION

LAURA MILLER, KRISTIN L. JAY

The present study compared three suppression strategies: breathing-concentration, focused-distraction, and thinking, and their effect on intrusive thoughts, anxiety, autonomic arousal, and pain perception. An interview was used to induce thought, followed by a suppression strategy, and cold pressor task. Skin conductance levels were recorded during different portions of the experiment. Significant findings indicated group differences between suppression strategy and reported anxiety levels, and pain threshold.


 L. Miller                                                                                                      

A MINDFUL TOUCH: SOMATOSENSORY PERCEPTION AND MINDFULNESS

MOLLY POINAN, KRISTIN JAY

The current study was developed to investigate the effects of mindfulness meditation on tactile acuity. A two week training of a guided mindfulness body-scan meditation (MBS) was compared to the effects of a non-mindfulness based loving kindness (LK) meditation. At the conclusion of the two week a grating orientation task (GOT) was given to all participants. Before and after levels of trait mindfulness were determined by the Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire (FFMQ).

 

 

 

 

EXAMINING UNDERGRADUATE SOJOURNER'S CULTURAL ADAPTATION AND INSTITUTIONAL METHODS OF PREPARATION

MICHAEL SHEA

International students, like all travelers, are susceptible to culture shock, the stress and anxiety resulting from difficulties adapting to one's host culture. Studies suggest that international students face several difficulties that may alienate the student and lead to poorer academic performance. This two-part study examines the psychological and sociocultural adaptation of students traveling from the US to Italy and examines the methods currently in use by institutions to help prevent the effects of culture shock.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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