Cassie McGrath of Upton Among Psychology Students, Alumni and Faculty to Present Research at New England Psychology Association Conference

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LR: Ray Nicks, Cassandra McGrath of Upton, and Melissa Reed

In the fall of 2015, Curry College Psychology students, alumni and faculty had the opportunity to present findings from their research in a professional setting at the New England Psychology Association (NEPA) Annual Meeting in Fitchburg, Massachusetts.

Curry Psychology Professors Dr. Bruce Steinberg and Dr. Elizabeth Carey, along with Ray Nicks ’11, Melissa Reed ’16, and Cassandra McGrath ’16  of Upton presented a poster, “EEG, Executive Function and ADHD-An Exploratory Study.” This research documented the relationship between the electrical activity of the Anterior and Dorsal Cingulate cortices and the diagnosis of ADHD.

“It allowed us to present the results we gathered from our Advanced Research Seminar class in the spring,” said Reed, a double major in psychology and studio arts. “Dr. Steinberg and Dr. Carey were so great to work with and presenting with them was a one of a kind experience. It was so enlightening and really made all the work we did feel so worthwhile. I look forward to discovering more about executive functioning through EEG,”

McGrath, a criminal justice and psychology double major, found the experience equally beneficial, “The conference was an amazing professional opportunity. I found the whole experience very rewarding!”

In addition, Dr. Steinberg and recent Curry grad Phillip Sloan ’15 presented a poster, “Divided Attention and Performance on a Vigilance Task,” summarizing a project they completed in Professor Steinberg’s Experimental Psychology class. Their research documented the damaging effect of dividing one’s attention between two tasks, when both tasks require focused concentration.

“The New England Psychological Association Conference was a wonderful experience for our students and faculty. I thoroughly enjoyed working with the students on their development and presentation of these research projects. Watching them grow intellectually and professionally was a great source of pride for me, as a college professor,” said Professor Steinberg.

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