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TXWES psychology student presents to a statewide audience

One Texas Wesleyan psychology major got to take her research off campus and onto a statewide stage. Check out what she presented at the Texas State Capitol.

Maria Perez, senior psychology major, represented Texas Wesleyan at Undergraduate Research Day at the Texas State Capitol April 1, 2019.

Perez’s project, “Psychological Representation of Money Depends on Whether it is Gained or Lost,” looked at the different levels of excitement or pain participants felt whether they gained or lost different amounts of money. Jay Brown, Ph.D., professor of psychology and Perez’s sponsoring faculty, recommended Perez for the opportunity to present at the event.‌

"My experience in the Capitol was amazing,” Perez said. “I was able to learn about research that has been conducted by other undergraduate students and meet incredible people in the scientific field."

About 75 research projects were displayed reflecting the work of undergraduate students representing 50 colleges and universities across Texas, including the University of North Texas, UT-Arlington and UT-Dallas.

Perez, Brown and Ricardo Rodriguez Ph.D., dean of the School of Natural and Social Sciences, had the opportunity to tour the capitol building, interact with state officials, attend committee hearings and attend the daily meeting of the Senate and House of Representatives. They also attended panels with STEM, social science faculty and graduate student members.‌

Research opportunities are just one way to take psychology degree to the next level. Texas Wesleyan has plenty of ways you can dive deep into your topic of choice. Work with our expert faculty or lean on them as mentors as you research independently. The choice is yours.

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