ASC Psychology Students Present at Boise Idaho


by Rob Demski

Two Adams State College psychology students, Andrea Torres and Monica Medina, presented a research poster at the 78 Annual Rocky Mountain Psychological Association conference in Boise, Idaho, on April 11. Assistant Professors of Psychology Dr. Gina Mollet and Dr. Leslie Alvarez also gave presentations.

Approximately 500 faculty and students participated in the conference. Attendees came from the eight-state Rocky Mountain region, as well as from Virginia, Florida, New Jersey, and Puerto Rico.

The student-researchers presented research on learning and memory with their poster, "The Effects of Need for Cognition and Test-Taking Anxiety on Memory of General Knowledge." The research showed that participants who enjoyed thinking did better on a general knowledge quiz, compared to participants who experienced less enjoyment from cognitive tasks. Also, participants who had lower levels of test anxiety did better on the knowledge quiz. The project was part of a research methods course, which is a requirement of all Adams State psychology majors.

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