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Monmouth University Psychology majors Jacqueline Abate (senior) along with Jeffery Viaud (senior) and Kelsey Corrigan (junior) received the Psi Chi best poster award at the 83rd annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association held in Pittsburgh, PA at the Westin Convention Center hotel from March 1 to 3, 2012.

Their project titled, “My partner is better than yours: The mere ownership effect in relationships” was advised by Dr. Gary W. Lewandowski, Jr. The study examined the mere ownership effect (i.e. the preference for objects primarily because one owns them) within the context of romantic relationships.

Many other psychology majors presented research posters including, Milliann Abrams, Caryn Dambra, Jessica Dooley, Maggie Dowe, Ashley Lewis, Julianne Nestor, and Chelcie Piasio. These posters were based on their research with faculty advisors Dr. Lewandowski, Dr. Demarest, and Dr. Dinella.

Dr. Janice Stapley presented a poster with Keith Gissubel (teacher at Red Bank Catholic High School) and Red Bank Catholic students titled “Emotion regulation and self-efficacy among at-risk college students.”

Psi Chi is the National Honor Society in Psychology, founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology.

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