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Covenant Students Present Research at Southeastern Psychological Association Conference

Nine Covenant students presented their research at the 2012 Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA) conference in New Orleans. The accepted research posters were:


  •  Parent's Marital Status as a Predictor of Optimism and Physical Health in Adolescence presented by Samuel Al Hakeem ’13, Kim Auffarth ’14, and Kelsey Smoke ’14.
  • The Effects that Commercial Advertisements Have on a Person’s Self-Perception presented by Kristin Cole ’13 and Charles Lewis ’13 (Josiah Stanton ’13 did not attend but participated in the research).
  • Music as a Stimulant for Detail-Rich Long-Term Memory Retrieval presented by Lauren E. Spencer ’12, Rachael A. Lewis ’13, and Kimberly G. Gyger ’13.
  •  Stereotype Threat and Female Mathematics Scores presented by David Korver ’13 (Ben Baldwin ’12, Matt Hudnut ’14, and Charles Lanum ’13 did not attend but participated in the research).


The presented research was conducted as part of Psychology 261, a research methods class taught by Dr. Kevin Eames, associate professor of psychology.


“Every student is part of a research team that submits a proposal to SEPA,” says Dr. Eames. “They are then selected on the basis of their abstracts.” Of the six teams submitting this year, four were selected by SEPA.


“It was really helpful to see what other students were researching,” says Kelsey Smoke ’14, one of the students who presented research. “It was definitely a good place to get ideas for a senior integration paper topic. It was also encouraging to meet psychologists who were more than willing to answer all of our questions. It gave me a better perspective on how research is a valuable part of psychology.”


Dr. Eames notes three reasons this kind of work is beneficial to students. “It teaches students the behavioral science research process with hands-on experience in data collection and analysis. It teaches them to differentiate between scientific claims based on evidence and pseudo-science, and it demonstrates to them the value of participating in the larger academic dialogue that is the mainstay of academic work.”