State Psychology Conference Held at Westminster College 


Undergraduate students from 10-15 regional colleges and universities gathered at Westminster College to share their experimental and applied research discoveries at the Missouri Undergraduate Psychology Conference (MUPC) November 9-10.

“The Westminster Psychology Department is pleased to have the honor of hosting our state conference for the third year in a row,” said Dr. Ted Jaeger, Westminster Professor of Psychology. “The presentations are always interesting as psychology students around the state share their discoveries and hone their communication and critical thinking skills.”

Students presented their findings either through a poster display with a question-and- answer period or a twelve minute presentation followed by three minutes of questions and answers.

Welcoming remarks were delivered by Westminster President Dr. George B. Forsythe and Professors of Psychology David Jones and Ted Jaeger.

Two keynote speakers were featured at the conference.  At 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, Dr. Robert Mather spoke on “Subliminal Priming of Social Automaticity.”  Mather is Associate Professor of Experimental Psychology and Forensic Psychology Graduate Program Coordinator at the University of Central Oklahoma.  He is the CEO of the Journal of Scientific Psychology and has conducted experimental research on both social cognition and visual perception.

At 3:00 p.m., Dr. Eric Landrum spoke on “Strategies to Survive (and Thrive) Through the Graduate School Application Process.”   Landrum is a Professor of Psychology at Boise State University.  His research centers on the educational conditions that best facilitate student success, as well as the use of scholarship of teaching and teaching and learning strategies to advance the efforts of scientist-educators.

Four one-hour paper sections were held for student presentations.  The awards ceremony took place at 4:00 p.m.

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MUPC first met in 2005 on the campus of Avila University and has also been hosted by Northwest Missouri State University and Lindenwood University.