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Students present research at professional psychology conference

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May 18, 2021
Katy Knuckles ’21

Carolynn Boatfield ’22 and Xinyu (Amy) Wang ’22 virtually presented their psychology research at the 93rd Annual Midwestern Psychological Association conference on April 22.

Boatfield presented her poster, Exploring the Effect of Emotional Chatbots on Socio-Psychological Processes. Boatfield is majoring in neuroscience. She is on the pre-med track at the College and is interested in healthcare and research. 

Carolynn Boatfield portrait“I chose to study the human and AI relationship because the future of human companionship is moving toward a robotic platform,” she said. “Presenting research that affects our community in a clear and effective way is a great opportunity to practice how to be a transparent and knowledgeable figure in the scientific community.”

Amy Wang portraitWang, who presented her poster What Does It Mean If We Are Dating?, said people talk about dating but the definition of the term varies.

“Figuring out what people think of dating is a good way to understand human interaction and relationships,” she said.  Double majoring in psychology and data science, where she is on the statistics track, Wang hopes to continue with her research and further her education. 

Both students were working with Associate Professor of Psychology Vivian Ta

For more information on the conference, click here.