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The 14th annual Lehigh Valley Undergraduate Psychology Conference at Lafayette College this Saturday, April 24, will feature the largest number of participating students since 1990.

Sponsored by LVAIC, the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges, the conference will begin at 8:30 a.m. The fee to attend is $5, which includes lunch. All events will be held in Pardee Hall. Registration will begin at 8 a.m.

One hundred fifteen (115) students from 18 colleges and universities will present papers and poster sessions on empirical research studies in various areas of basic and applied psychology, including behavioral neuroscience and learning, psychology and law, cognition, interpersonal relationships, social psychology, and gender and sex roles.

“We're well above the average number of 80 presenters in recent years,” said conference cochair Matthew S. McGlone, assistant professor of psychology at Lafayette.

Other cochairs are John G. Neuhoff, John S. Shaw, and Mary Ann Swiatek, assistant professors of psychology at Lafayette.

Participating schools include the six LVAIC institutions, Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales, Cedar Crest College, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, Moravian College and Muhlenberg College. Also represented will be Albright College, Alvernia College, Beaver College, the College of New Jersey, King's College, Kutztown University, Messiah College, Morgan State University, Rider University, the University of Maryland in Baltimore County, Ursinus College, and York College.

Jay M. Weiss, the Jenny C. Adams professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Emory University, will deliver a keynote address at 1:30 p.m. His research interests include the interaction of the immune system with the brain and behavior, a subject on which he has authored numerous articles.

For information, call Lafayette's department of psychology, (610) 330-5349, or email

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