Dordt College News

Dordt students share psychology research with community

November 23, 2011

How does exercise affect our willingness to help others? What do people really think about bullying? These are some of the questions psychology students have researched in preparation for the 15th annual Dordt College Psychology Student Research Conference. Presentations will be held Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 3:30 p.m. in the Campus Center’s Eckardt Lounge. This is a free event and the public is invited to attend.

Presenters are psychology students who have designed original experiments, collected and analyzed data, and compiled their findings.

“All of the projects have some significant results, so it should be an exciting conference for all who attend,” said Ryan Brunner, assistant professor of psychology.

This year’s presenters include:

• Kelly Smies, Morgan Meissner, and Janie Hoezee, who studied the effect of exercise on mood and helping behavior. They conducted their study with Dordt students in the Rec Center.

• Charis Hornor, Laura Schrotenboer, and Kelly Schouten tested the persuasive impact of global and local social norms on attitudes toward bullying. They worked with students from two local high schools.

• Lindsay Mulder, Rachel De Waard, and Amanda Boer studied how attitudes toward using campus health services changed after viewing an injunctive social norm. They ran their study in the classroom building with Dordt students.

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