Cerritos College News Releases 2011

Cerritos College students presented at research conference

Psychology students presented original research

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 19, 2011

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Psychology students and professor at the conferenceNORWALK, Calif. -- May 19, 2011 -- Twenty-one Cerritos College psychology students had the honor of presenting their original empirical and pedagogical research at the 91st Annual Western Psychological Association Conference in Los Angeles in April.

"It's a great accomplishment for our students, as this is a peer reviewed conference and their original work was submitted and reviewed prior to acceptance," says Psychology Professor Dr. Kimberley Duff. "It's such an honor for them considering that most of the research presenters at this conference are usually four-year university students, graduate students or professors."

The students' hard work was recognized by other scholars in the field - Dr. Jerry Rudman, national director of Psi Beta, national honor society in psychology, commended the students on their outstanding presentations. Faculty from four-year universities from around the country asked Cerritos students for copies of their reports and even invited the students to contact them when the students plan to go to graduate school.

"I am confident that this group of students will follow in the footsteps of the Cerritos College Alumni who also presented at conferences, and then continued their level of inquiry at the graduate level," said Dr. Duff.

In fact, several Cerritos College alumni, at various stages of their academic career including doctoral level students, also presented at WPA.

For student Steve Kim, it was an unbelievable experience. "Being able to present and share my experiment at such a distinguished event gave me the motivation to pursue education on a higher level than I had originally intended. I left with an overwhelming feeling of accomplishment," he said.

Following is the list of the Cerritos College presenters and the titles of the presentations:

FACEBOOK INFIDELITY, Joey An, Diane Flores, Melissa Gutierrez, Bash Khan and Samantha Shepherd

WORD READING RESPONSE LATENCY IN COGNITIVELY SEX-TYPED INDIVIDUALS, Kate West, Angie Bojorquez, Reyna Berber and Kendra Liddington

RACIAL PERCEPTION AND MEDICAL MARIJUANA USE IN HUMAN RESOURCES, Steve Kim and Edgar Perez

STIGMA OF TATTOOS ON FIRST IMPRESSIONS, Dinna Gonzales, Priscilla Lujan, Jennifer Lujan, and Paolo Rocca

GENDER DIFFERENCES IN THE CAUSE OF JEALOUSY, Samantha Orozco, Valerie Von Luquin, and Lizbeth Leon

EFFECTS OF PHYSICAL APPEARANCE IN CHOOSING A STUDY PARTNER, Maria Ortiz

MUSIC'S EFFECT ON WORKING MEMORY, Wendy Garmendez, Gloria Lemus, and Silvy Gutierrez

 

Cerritos College serves as a comprehensive community college for southeastern Los Angeles County. Communities within the college's district include Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, La Mirada, Norwalk, and portions of Bell Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach, Santa Fe Springs and South Gate. Cerritos College offers degrees and certificates in more than 180 areas of study in nine divisions. Annually, more than 1,200 students successfully complete their course of studies, and enrollment currently averages 23,000 students. Visit Cerritos College online at http://www.cerritos.edu/.

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