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Bethel College psychology students recognized for research

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -Bethel College senior psychology majors made presentations at a national conference last month and have had their research highlighted in other ways. The three students attended the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in mid-March at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Their presentations were based on individual research projects completed for their majors. Kristine Thimm from Beatrice, Neb., spoke on "Emotional Responses to Music: Influence of Psycho-acoustical Features." Sophia Muthuraj from Karnataka, Bangalore, India, gave an oral presentation on "Providence in the Context of Hinduism: Use in the Everyday Life of a Hindu." Mike Klein from Durham presented a poster on "Psychophysiological and Emotional Dynamic Responses to Music: An Exploration of a Two-Dimensional Model." All three also submitted papers that were accepted for publication in the conference proceedings.

Their research was funded in part by Bethel College Study and Research Awards and the Eldon Rich Memorial Endowment.

The Bethel College psychology department was also featured in the winter 2003 issue of "Psychology Teacher Network, a newsletter of the American Psychological Association. Senior Kristine Thimm and Bethel College professor Dwight Krehbiel were two of the authors of an article, "Online psychology collaboratories: A model for high school and college collaboration." Co-authors of the paper were Hillsboro High School teacher Brian Kennell and David Stigge-Kaufman, who teaches in the International Baccalaureate program at Wichita High School East and is an adjunct instructor at Bethel College.

Mike Klein was the featured speaker at the Annual Psychology Research Symposium at Emporia State University March 3. He was invited to give this oral presentation after winning first place in psychology for a poster at the 2002 Sigma Xi Student Research Conference in Galveston, Texas, last November.

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