Saturday, December 18, 2010

SBU Students Present at Midwestern Psychology Symposium

Southwest Baptist University News Release
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BOLIVAR, Mo. – Southwest Baptist University Research Design and Methods class taught by Dr. Shelley Kilpatrick recently presented at the Midwestern Psychology Symposium at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Ark.

For the past three months the students compiled research and surveying SBU's student body regarding areas of love and helping behaviors. The students then gave detailed presentations of the studies performed by Dr. Kilpatrick's class as well as several presentations from JBU students and a solo presentation by SBU senior Brandon Griffin. Griffin, who interned at Polk County Drug Court this past semester, gave a presentation regarding methods of evaluating Drug Court programs. 

SBU's research class focused on areas such as correlations between college major and acts of altruism, love languages, and correlations between helping behavior and diversity. Some interesting findings were presented during the conference. The research performed here at SBU suggests that SBU students not only have the ability to identify other people's love languages, but are also willing to learn them. It was also found that SBU students are just as likely to report a willingness to help those who are different from them as those who are similar to them.

The conference was an enjoyable learning experience for all in attendance. It was particularly significant for those who gave so much effort this semester to finally see the fruits of the labor.

"It was rewarding to represent SBU and to be recognized for our hard work," said junior Kelsey Jaeger.


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