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14th Annual Psychology Honours Research Conference

As part of the Honours year in Psychology at Southern Cross University, students conducted a major research project. The research findings are showcased to the public and academic staff at our two-day conference.

When: 8:30am, 5-6 October 2017
Where: Room D350, Southern Cross University, Hogbin Drive, Coffs Harbour

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Conference program

Day 1, Thursday 5 October 2017

8:40

 

Meet and greet. Coffee and tea available in the foyer.

9:10

 

Welcome and opening remarks by: Dr Gail Moloney.
Welcome to Country
Opening address

Session 1 Chair: Dr Jim Donnelly

9:30

 

Rachel Clark

Connections across the ages: Facebook and self-determination theory.

9:45

 

Satveer Singh

Would choosing your recipient influence your decision to donate?

10:00

 

Radhika Rana

How relevant is social class in Australia? An investigation using psychological essentialism.

10:15

 

Meg Saunders

Are you getting enough to eat? How Food Insecurity in Australia is socially understood.

10:30 - 11:00    Morning tea

Session 2 Chair: Dr Desirée Kozlowski

11:00

 

Chantal Turner

Insights into global-local processing using Navon letters.

11:15

 

Courtney Belz

Perceptions of adulthood among Australian emerging adults.

11:30

 

Ngoc Nha Vi Nguyen

Emerging Adulthood in Different Cultures.

11:45 - 12:00  Break

Session 3 Chair: Dr Steve Provost

12:00

 

Jason Stemp

When forgetting to remember has serious consequences: An investigation into the influence of context on prospective memory failure rates.

12:15

 

Aleks Pupovac

Do you have a moment? Eliciting empathy and reinforcement to encourage charitable behaviour.

12:30

 

Jane Gosper

Can salient aspects of an event be forgotten if a witness is not questioned about them?

12:45

 

Christy Thatcher

Two tasks one mind: Secondary tasks that capture attention can reduce working memory performance.

13:00 - 14:00   Lunch

Session 4 Chair: Dr Allison Bowling

14:00

 

Hannah McGuigan

Mind over matter? Mental toughness and coping strategy use in recreational athletes.

14:15

 

Blake Toohey

Moving to the Beat: Can Music Impact Perceptions of Time & Exertion During Exercise?

14:30

 

Denise Winroth

If anxious, does yoga help?

14:45

 

Emily Howard

One workout away from a good mood.

15:00   Afternoon tea - Finish


Day 2, Friday 6th October 2017

8:40

 

 

Meet and greet. Coffee and tea available in the foyer.

9:10

 

 

Welcome and opening remarks by: Professor  Peter Hassmen.

 

 

 

Opening address  

Session 1 Chair: Dr Elaine Jefford

9:30

 

Dedar Abdula

Overconfidence in Gambling: How well do you think you went?

9.45

 

Samantha McGovern

Men Vs. Women: Who Are Better At Identifying Threat and What This Means For Social Anxiety.

10:00 - 10:30 Morning tea

Session 2 Chair: Dr Mitchell Longstaff

10:30

 

Holly Passam

Is your face a window to your lies: Micro-expressions and deception detection.

10:45

 

Senali Panditaratne

Caring for Children with Disabilities: Parental Beliefs, Burdens and Barriers.

11:00

 

Tash Van Heuvel

Does Resilience have a Positive Impact on the Experience of Parenting a Child with Autism?

11:15

 

Holly Sansone

Do you have a brain that makes you love exercise?

11:30

 

Signe Moa Duff

Intervening with children with learning disorders: timing and testing effects.

11:45 - 12:00 Break

Session 3 Chair: Dr Chris Stevens

12:00

 

Eyleia Saleeb

Is a reduction in stress the cause of attentional improvement? The effects of rosemary essential oils on Mismatch Negativity.

12:15

 

Debra Fernando

Connecting Relations: Learning difficult concepts using computer based training.

12:30

 

Sally Youdale

Have fun or get it done? Event-related potential measures of discounting in procrastinators.

12:45

 

Audrey Tokatlian

Jumping the gun can be risky business: Cognitive closure, discounting and impulsivity.

13:00 - 14.00 Lunch

Session 4 Chair: Dr Heather Winskel

14:00

 

Ken Atreides Lim Kuan Meng

Putting pleasure into the picture: Recent and distant stressors, savouring pleasure, and resilience.

14:15

 

Samantha Johnstone

Sexual attraction, behaviour and pleasure: It's complicated.

14:30

 

Chantel Smith

Stress. Anxiety. Pleasure.

14:45

 

Monique Hoff

The dangers of comfort food: Exploring the relationships between pleasure, coping and food addiction.

15:00

 

Suzanne Rienks

Sexual satisfaction and self-objectification in the context of an individual's sexual history.

15:15 - 16:00 Break - Drinks and Nibbles

16:00 Presentation of Awards, Speeches and Closing Statements


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