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Psychology students provide insight into human behaviour


Brigid Veale
18 September 2013
What influences the decision to become an organ donor? Why, when we have two eyes, do we see only one of everything? What impact do first names have on our perception of social dominance?

These are just a few of the topics that will be covered at the Southern Cross University 10th Annual Psychology Research conference being held at the Coffs Harbour campus on Thursday and Friday (September 19 and 20).

The annual conference showcases the wide range of research projects being undertaken by students in the Honours psychology courses.

Dr Gail Moloney, from the School of Health and Human Sciences, said that 39 students would present the results of their Honours research projects to members of the community, academic staff and their peers. The event is open to the public.

“Each year our Honours students undertake a major independent research project under the supervision of academic staff. Many of these projects have involved collecting data from participants in the Coffs Harbour community. This event provides an opportunity for students to share their results,” Dr Moloney said.

“The students develop their ideas, design and conduct studies to test these ideas and then collate their results. The conference gives the students valuable experience in presenting these results in a wider forum, as well as showcasing to our community the breadth of work being done at the Coffs Harbour campus.”

Dr Moloney said the findings from these projects made a real contribution to our understanding of human behaviour.

The conference is being held at Southern Cross University’s Coffs Harbour campus, in room D350, starting at 9am on Thursday and 9.15am on Friday. Members of the public who would like to attend should RSVP to [email protected] or phone 02 6659 3301

The event is being supported by Medicare Local, Oracle, Environmetrics, The Primrose Hall Publishing Group, CHC Pharmacy, Australian Council for Educational Research, Aspen Australia, BreakFree Aanuka Beach Resort and BYO Cellars.

Photo: Honours students Kyla Brogmus, left, and Sharna Gala, will be among the students presenting the results of their research at the Coffs Harbour campus.