Students showcase research at Psychology Honors Colloquium

April 27, 2012

By Frank Radosevich II

Thirteen psychology honors students presented their research posters at the Psychology Honors Colloquium this week, offering a wide range of research topics to explore.

Some of the areas surveyed by the students included the impact of various DUI court procedures on recidivism, the development of self-control in pre-schoolers, how motivation affects preferences for face-to-face or electronic communication when disclosing personal information, the effects of attractive rivals on mating behavior, the effects of recalling positive or negative memories on current mood and well-being and others.

More than 200 individuals from the Bradley and Peoria community attended the event. Many of the honors students will present research next week at the Midwestern Psychological Association in Chicago.

The Daniel J. Elias Endowment Fund, established within the Department of Psychology by the parents of the late psychology student Daniel J. Elias, supports the research and aims to highlight the research work of students to the greater public.

Following the poster presentations, internationally-known psychologist Dr. Jean Twenge delivered a keynote address titled “The Narcissism Epidemic and its Implications for Education and the Workplace.” She discussed her finding on how college students in recent years are more likely to possess narcissistic personality traits, such as self-centeredness or extreme positive beliefs about the self, than those just decades ago.

She also touched upon the role social media is playing in creating more narcissistic beliefs about the self and the potentially harmful consequences of American culture becoming too narcissistic and how to combat the change.