CTC to host annual psychology symposium

The Central Texas College (CTC) chapter of the Psi Beta National Honor Society in Psychology will host its 10th annual Psychology Symposium on Wednesday, March 26 in the Anderson Campus Center (Bldg. 156). Guest speaker for the event is Dr. James Kalat, professor emeritus at North Carolina State University and author of the current CTC Psychology 2301 textbook. The event is from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

The subject of this year’s symposium is “Current Research in Neurobiology.” Dr. Kalat will address the application of scientific method to the study of human behavior. He graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and received a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. Specializing in biological explanations for human behavior, Dr. Kalat has authored many articles on taste-aversion learning and assessment. In addition to authoring the Introduction to Psychology textbook, Dr, Kalat has written a second textbook entitled Biological Psychology which is the most widely used textbook in the course area.

The symposium opens with a presentation of student research compiled by CTC Psi Beta members. This year’s research is centered on student responses to testing situations as members compiled a sampling of the way students respond to test questions to which they do not know the correct answer.

The mission of Psi Beta Honor Society is to promote professional development of psychology students in two-year colleges through promotion and recognition of excellence in scholarship, leadership, research and community service. CTC members must have completed a college psychology course with a grade of “B” or higher. They must also have completed 12 hours of college coursework with a cumulative college GPA of 3.0 or higher or have a GPA that ranks within the top 35 percent of GPAs at their school.

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