November 24, 2009

The Nation’s Third Oldest College Newspaper

Volume 80, Issue 7

NU hosts psychology fair

Do you know what a biodot is? How about the "mosquito ringtone?"

Students from various Niagara County high schools came to NU's Psych Fair on Nov. 13 to find out just that.

Held in various labs in DePaul Hall, the Psych Fair aims to get high school students interested in psychology and to promote NU to the community. Each psychology professor set up posters and interactive exhibits for the students based on his or her specialization, and threw in a few interesting exhibits as well. Psychology students volunteered to run the fair, demonstrating exhibits and leading groups of students from room to room, while wearing shirts emblazoned with "Psych Fair" in bright pink letters.

"Cool!" "Awesome!" and "That's trippy!" were heard from the students as they interacted with the exhibits. The biodot exhibit was a favorite among the students, as they were given a small black dot the size of a pencil eraser, which, like a mood ring, changed colors to reflect their moods. The biodot, like mood rings, works on the principle of your body temperature; the warmer you are, the lighter the color of the biodot.
The mosquito ringtone exhibit consisted of a volunteer playing decreasingly high-pitched sounds on a computer, which corresponded to ages of people who should be able to hear the pitch. Many of the students reported that they could not hear the pitches specified for "18 and under," and some could not hear the pitches for "24 and under."

Dr. Susan Mason, a Niagara University psychology professor said, "The high school students enjoyed the day and learned a great deal from the experience, while the NU students also seemed to have a good time. Overall, I think the 2 annual Psychology Fair was a success."

A total of three local high schools attended, with approximately eighty participants.

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