Friends University senior Jeremy Lyne earned top honors at the Great Plains Students’ Psychology Convention March 9-10 at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Mo.
Lyne, a psychology major and religion minor, presented his senior research paper, “Playing with Emotions: Is There a Correlation Between Depression and Video Game Usage?” and won first place in the category of undergraduate social psychology – empirical.
“All of our majors have to complete a senior research project. They design a research proposal and have it approved by the Institutional Research Board,” said Dr. Donna Stuber, professor of psychology. “As Jeremy’s research sponsor, I can say that he was a joy to mentor. Jeremy is an exceptional student and is very driven. He also understands how important early professional development is in our field.”
Lyne said he found little research had been done on the topic.
“After looking into research on video games,” he said, “I found that there was almost no research looking into video games and depression.”
Lyne said he enjoyed the conference.
“It was a lot of fun presenting all of my hard work. It was also fun seeing other schools and what research they are conducting,” he said.
Lyne, who has been accepted into the Ph.D. program at Fuller University, plans to complete his manuscript and submit it for publication.
Caitlin Burk, also a senior in psychology, also presented a poster, Effect of Color on Short-Term Memory, at the conference.