Innovators: Oklahoma Psychological Association Competition

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Innovators: Oklahoma Psychological Association Competition


Brus, Brian, THE JOURNAL RECORD


Evan White's presentation could have been part of any incubator competition, with young entrepreneurs trying to edge each other out for a little affirmation by experienced industry professionals that, yes, they're on the right track.

He and the other five undergraduate student members of the Oklahoma State University team recently proved they're on their way to entering the professional field by wowing the pros with a colorful poster of charts and an authoritative presentation on their research methods and expected applications, tossing around terms such as executive functioning and regression analyses.

A winning nod of approval to a business entrepreneur can be worth several thousand dollars and office space to get an operation off to a good start.

White's team won $75 Friday for their exploration of the relationship between social anxiety, attention control and working memory. It was not immediately known whether they would split that money with faculty adviser DeMond M. Grant.

"At least it's something ... a gesture," said Sunnye Mayes, a pediatric psychologist and head of the competition sponsored by the Oklahoma Psychological Association. "I think we'll change it next year, because this amount of effort is really worth more."

Thirty undergraduate and graduate student teams from across the state presented their research at the OPA's annual convention in downtown Oklahoma City. Each team prepared a poster overview and top finalists made oral presentations.

Topics included dealing with clients with limited English proficiency, trauma exposure and depression, sexual victimization on campus, autism, and personality traits and workplace behaviors. …

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