Two psychology majors traveled to San Antonio, Texas to present their research on April 1, 2017 at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association. Delora Everett and Megan Glass, both senior psychology majors, presented research with their mentor, Dr. Dana Leighton, Assistant Professor of Psychology. Ms. Everett presented her Honors Social Psychology class research on the relationships between Facebook use and self-esteem, and Ms. Glass presented research on the 2016 U.S. presidential election’s effect on the health and well-being of young adults.
“This experience has meant so much to me,” said Ms. Glass. “I am gaining experience in writing in a more professional manner, being able to develop experiments, analyze and understand the data that is collected. Then after having completed an experiment, I get to travel and show what I have learned to others. I am so thankful for having been given this opportunity!”
Both projects are part of larger international projects. Ms. Everett’s research is part of the Collaborative Replication in Education Project (CREP; https://osf.io/wfc6u/), which seeks to provide evidence for the replicability of prior findings in psychology and to give undergraduate students experience in contributing to science. Ms. Glass’s research is part of the Emerging Adulthood at Multiple Institutions 2 study (EAMMi2; https://osf.io/te54b/), a study of emerging adulthood (ages 18-29) conducted by 32 institutions worldwide, including Southern Arkansas University.
Both students participated in Dr. Leighton’s Peace and Justice Psychology research lab, and plan to pursue graduate study in psychology after graduation. Ms. Everett’s travel was supported by the SAU Honors College, and Ms. Glass’s travel was externally funded by the EAMMi2 project, supplemented by the SAU Behavioral and Social Sciences department.
Photo Captions: Ms. Glass & Ms. Everett discuss their research with a conference attendee; Ms. Glass discusses the election, stress, and health with a conference attendee.