OC students win psychology awards

Four Oklahoma Christian University psychology students won awards at the Great Plains Students’ Psychology Convention in Missouri.

Seniors Natalie Nalley and Suzanna Sawyer won first place for their research study, “The Effects of Strategic Self-Presentation and Social Comparison on Social Disability.”

Sawyer said she and Nalley spent most of the fall 2012 semester researching and preparing their study to submit to the conference. When the conference came in March, the pair presented their study in a group of almost 200 other psychology students and won first place.

Fellow OC psychology students Deni Cowan and DaShae Dunbar received second place in their division for their study, “Music and Cognition: The effects of sad or happy music and duration on recall.”

“All in all, it is a very proud achievement for our psychology department,” Sawyer said.

The first Great Plains Students’ Psychology Convention was held in April 1981 and has since been held annually for students all over the Midwest.

Oklahoma Christian’s Department of Psychology and Family Studies has been training students in the world of psychology since 1999 and has received numerous awards.

OC’s Psychology Club provides an opportunity for department students to promote their field. The National Honor Society in Psychology, Psi Chi, advances the science and promotes excellence in the department.