posted May 10, 2000

Psych Students Honored

Research projects by three Hope College   students have been honored by the Midwestern chapter of the Psi Chi national honors society.

          The Midwestern chapter presented Michelle Barnett,
  David Bauer and Kelly VanderLaan with "Psi Chi Regional
  Research Awards" on Friday, May 5, during the annual meeting
  of the Midwestern Psychological Association, held in
  Chicago, Ill.  The three psychology majors received two of
  only 11 "Research Awards" presented by the chapter, selected
  from a pool of about 200 applicants.
          During the conference, the three students also
  delivered talks concerning their research, as did six other
  Hope psychology students.
          Barnett was recognized for her project "Is a  Glower a Flower?:  How Phonological Similarity Overrides  Mutual Exclusivity."  Her work, conducted with Dr. Lorna
  Hernandez Jarvis, associate professor of psychology,
  examined the way that children learn words.
          Bauer and VanderLaan received their award for
  their project "To Forgive or not to Forgive:  Emotional  Costs and Benefits."  Conducted with Dr. Charlotte van Oyen
  Witvliet, assistant professor of psychology, the research
  examines how people respond to those who have victimized
  them and why people might tend to hold grudges.
          The conference and recognition fit into a week
  that was already noteworthy for Barnett and VanderLaan in
  particular.  They also participated in the college's
  graduation exercises on Sunday, May 7.
          Barnett, who is from Alpena, is a 1996 graduate of
  Alpena High School.  She is the daughter of Michael and Joan
  Barnett of Alpena.
          Bauer, a junior from Hartford, is a 1997 graduate
  of Lake Michigan Catholic High School.  He is the son of
  Terrence and Mary Bauer of Hartford.
          VanderLaan, who is from Grand Rapids, is a 1997
  graduate of Grandville High School.  She is the daughter of
  Larry and Carla Chamberlain of Grand Rapids, and married to
  Paul VanderLaan, a member of the Class of '00.