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Edinboro University will host Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Psychology Conference on Saturday

Students, faculty from area universities to attend


EDINBORO, Pa. – On Saturday, the Edinboro University Department of Psychology will host the 40th Annual Meeting of the Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Psychology Conference. The conference involves students and faculty from several tri-state area universities, including Edinboro, Penn State-Behrend, Mercyhurst and Gannon.

The conference, which rotates from year-to-year between regional institutions of higher education, includes presentations and over 200 attendees. It features two poster sessions, a paper session and a keynote speaker. This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Scott O. Lilienfeld, a renowned professor of psychology at Emory University.

Lilienfeld was recently appointed a Fellow of the Association of Psychological Science and was the recipient of the 1998 David Shakow Award from Division 12 (Clinical Psychology) of the American Psychological Association for Early Career Contributions to Clinical Psychology. He is the founder and editor of the Scientific Review of Mental Health Practice, Associate Editor of Applied and Preventive Psychology, and a frequent columnist for Scientific American Mind magazine. Lilienfeld has authored or co-authored six books and over 200 journals.

He will deliver the keynote address, “The Great Myths of Popular Psychology,” at 11 a.m. in the Frank G. Pogue Student Center’s Multipurpose Room.

In addition to hosting the event, Edinboro will be represented by 28 students who will present 14 research projects during the 2 poster sessions. Some of the Edinboro University projects include, “Effects of Height on Participants’ Attractiveness Ratings of Male and Female Targets,” “The Effects of Suggestive Visual Stimuli on Delay of Gratification,” “An Exploratory Survey of Runners’ Problem Solving Thinking,” and “Using Gender Specific Toys to Prime Gender Stereotypes and Career Goals.”