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- Psychology Students Present Research at New England Psychological Association (NEPA) Conference
Psychology Students Present Research at New England Psychological Association (NEPA) Conference
December 10, 2013
Curry College senior psychology majors Heather Flaherty and Chelsie Young accompanied department chair/professor, Dr. Bruce Steinberg to the New England Psychological Association (NEPA) Conference at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, Connecticut on October 19, 2013.
The students were invited to present the results of research they had conducted in Steinberg's Advanced Research Seminar. The poster presentation was entitled, "The Effect of Alpha Rhythm Contingent Feedback on the Power Spectrum of the EEG - A Pilot Study." Calvin Bunton '13, who presented at the 2012 NEPA conference, also made significant contributions to this year's research.
"Attendance and participation at professional conferences is a wonderful opportunity for our students to experience the practice of psychology in a 'real-world' context," said Steinberg. "Heather and Chelsie did a great job and demonstrated that they were knowledgeable and comfortable relating to the other professionals at the conference. I was very proud of their work and their accomplishment!"
"I had an awesome experience at the conference," said Flaherty. "It was so exciting to see what other students are working on at their respective universities, as well as proudly display our own hard work. I was amazed at the number of professionals who were excited to learn about OUR research! Attending a conference is a really great experience and I would recommend it to all students."
Young found the conference to be eye-opening, "To be a part of the NEPA conference was a great experience, as well as a great opportunity to gain exposure to the professional world of psychology. Being a senior psychology major at Curry, I've had a number of experiences with topics in the field on campus, so to get out of that element provided good insight on what other students in other parts of New England are studying. We met one professor who was working on research similar to ours, but we had more advanced findings, so it was intriguing to see how the work we're doing can have impact on the research of others."