Psychology students represent ASC at convention

(04-30-2010)

For the fourth consecutive year, psychology students and faculty represented Adams State College at the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association's (RMPA) annual convention. The convention, celebrating its 80th year, was held in Denver April 15 through April 17.

Psychology students and faculty who attended included Jacque Archuleta, Samantha Campbell, Lisa Chirieleison, Doug Colman, Cathi Lucero Connell, Alex Espinoza, Andrea Livinston, Eric Miller, Lindsey Nelson, Chris Olance, Lindsey Seybold, Justin Takajjart, Ken Waudby, Solange Zanetti, Dr. Leslie Alvarez, associate professor of psychology; Dr. Kim Kelso, chair of psychology department; and Dr. Rob Demksi, professor of psychology. Three students presented original research stemming from projects completed in their Research Methods in Psychology course.

Zanetti and Connell along with faculty sponsor, Demski, presented their research, "The effect of a fear-based public service announcement on texting while driving". Colman, along with faculty sponsor, Alvarez, presented, "Face to face or internet: Does mode of introduction affect quality of first impression?" Aside from the presentation of research, students with leadership roles in Psi Chi/Psychology Club attended workshops aimed at developing leadership skills. Espinoza, Adams State's Psi Chi treasurer, served as a moderator during one of these sessions.

In addition to representing Adams State through research and attendance, students met one of psychology's living legends, Stanford University's Dr. Albert Bandura (of the 1960 "bobo doll" experiment fame) in attendance as an invited speaker. Following his talk regarding Social Cognitive theory on the global stage, he spent time answering students' questions, taking photos with students, and signing autographs. Students said meeting the man regarded as the most famous living psychologist was a highlight of the convention.

Next year, RMPA will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Adams State psychology department hopes to see continued attendance and participation in this regional convention, allowing students to network with other majors and leaders in the field of psychology.

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