**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.