Psychology students present research at tri-state conference

November 20, 2018
Tri-state conference

Twelve University of Wisconsin-Platteville psychology students gained valuable communication, critical thinking and presentation skills by presenting their research at the Tri-State Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference held Nov. 10 at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa.

Student researchers presented posterson individual research topics, which ranged from memory to social and moral judgment to goal motivation. Dr. Kameko Halfmann, assistant professor of psychology at UW-Platteville, and Dr. Theron Parsons, professor of psychology at UW-Platteville, served as faculty supervisors for the projects. 

“Regardless of whether they go into a research-oriented career, human services, education, marketing or some other path, the students will be able to transfer these skills into their future careers,” said Halfmann. “We are so fortunate that each and every single one of our psychology majors has the opportunity to conduct their own research and present it at conferences like tri-state and at our end-of-year behavioral research symposium.”

To learn more about these and other psychology student research projects, a Behavioral Research Symposium will be held Monday, Dec. 17 in the Markee Pioneer Student Center’s University Rooms from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Students will present their research in 10-15-minute talks throughout the morning and early afternoon. Attendees may drop in for one presentation or stay and hear them all.

Student research projects included:

“Mindfulness and Utilitarian Moral Judgment,” byJanessa Hauser, a senior psychology major from Bear Creek, Wisconsin, and Kaelie Politowski, a senior psychology major from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Hauser and Politowski found that participants who engaged in a brief mindfulness intervention felt more serene, less negative and were more likely to judge utilitarian moral choices as more appropriate.

“The Relationship between Task-Induced Stress and False Memories,” by Dominique Kornely, a senior psychology major from Manitowoc, Wisconsin, and Kendra Kaul, a senior psychology and criminal justice major from Neenah, Wisconsin.

Kornely and Kaul did not find an association between task-induced stress and false memory and suggested that this may be because their stressor was not strong enough.

“The Relationship between Time Orientation and Goal Valuation,”by Kayla Manhart, a senior psychology major from Stoughton, Wisconsin, and Colin Kramper, a senior psychology major from Downers Grove, Illinois.

Manhart and Kramper did not find that future time orientation increased goal valuation; however, an exploratory analysis revealed that females tend to value social goals more than males.

“Tainted Truth: Factors Influencing Eyewitness Memory,” by Samantha Jones, a senior criminal justice and psychology major from Dubuque, Iowa, and Macee Sullivan,a senior psychology major from Sterling, Illinois.

Jones and Sullivan did not find an effect of encoding method on eyewitness memory, but they did find that males tend to be more confident in their memory judgments (regardless of accuracy).

“Effects of Social Interaction on Dehumanizing Factors,” by Alexxis Wilson, a senior psychology major from Cuba City, Wisconsin, and Nalee Xiong, a senior psychology major from Platteville, Wisconsin.

Wilson and Xiong found that social exclusion overall led participants to view themselves (to some extent) and others as less unique (from animals) on positive traits and more unique on negative traits.

“The effects of gender bias during the hiring process,” byCarrie Hardy, a senior psychology major from Platteville, Wisconsin, and Kelsey Holland, a senior psychology major from Galena, Illinois.

Hardy and Holland found that men thought that women should negotiate for higher starting pay for low- and moderate-income jobs but not for high-income jobs.

During the conference, Dr. Joan Riedle, professor of psychology at UW-Platteville, was recognized for her work in developing and supporting the tri-state conference for the past 28 years. Read more information about Riedle here


Written by: Laurie A. Hamer, University Relations Specialist, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191,



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