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**For Immediate Release**
Psychology Faculty and Students Present Research
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 04-13-06

Goodwell, Okla.- Dr. James Benjamin, Associate Professor of Psychology, and psychology students Lisa Lillard and Melissa Loeser, represented Oklahoma Panhandle State University's Behavioral and Social Sciences Department at the National Social Science Association's (NSSA) annual conference in Las Vegas on April 6.

Benjamin presented two papers at the conference, one applying the General Aggression Model to understanding the psychological origins of torture and genocide, and another co-authored by Marijo McKinley on the relationship between right-wing and left-wing authoritarianism and attitudes toward violence.

Lillard and Loeser presented their meta-analysis on the effects of weapons on aggressive behavior. The Psychology Club sponsored both students and raised funds to send them to the conference. Many area businesses supported the Psychology Club's fundraising efforts through donations.

This year's conference presentations demonstrate the increasing strength of the Psychology program's on-going empirical research, and also showcases the exceptional quality of the program's majors.

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