Psychology Fair at HCC

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Published on May 5, 2015

The HCC Psychology Club hosted a Psychology Fair on April 30, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the the Beacon Hall Event Center. Three speakers from different colleges around Connecticut come to Housatonic to speak about different subject matters that all were all related to psychology. About 80 people came to listen to the doctors.

This event also had research posters that students made for this event. They all had different subject matters that all incorporated interesting facts about psychology, including anxiety, identity status, and stress in college.

The speakers all had different pieces of psychology to talk about. Dr. Ronald Rohner, Ph. D, was the first to come to the front of the room after being introduced by Kathleen Apicella- Jackson, Events Coordinator of the Psychology Club. His subject matter was on Health Benefits of Giving and Receiving Affection: Worldwide Evidence. His talk focused on how people are when they are giving affection or when they are rejected. He had us all think about the most important person in our lives such as a parent and how we would feel if they rejected us or didn’t care about us. How would we feel if they one we loved those most rejected our affection or love?

Dr. Ronald Rohner answers questions about his lecture. Photo by Mary Carlson

Dr. Ronald Rohner answers questions about his lecture. Photo by Mary Carlson

The next speaker was Dr. Liane Leedom. She was introduced by Stacey Villeda, Psychology Vice President. Her topic title was Nature over Nurture: Parenting for Prevention in the Context of Genetic Risk. Her lecture was how our personalities are incorporated in psychology and how our parents have an impact in the way we are. We might have our parents’ facial features, but do we get our personality. This was about how we are born vs how we live.

Lastly, Dr. Stephen Joy was introduced by Samantha Kent, Psychology Club Treasurer. His topic was What Can Dementia Teach Us About Creativity?  Just like Rohner and Leedom, he talked to us about how psychology comes together in his talk.

Each lecture was roughly an hour per doctor with question and answer session after each lecture.