Professor Jeremy Newton and students at the APA conference in Hawaii

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Jeremy Newton guides students to the top of their game…and Hawaii

The prominent role of posters in the scientific community isn’t understood by non-scientists, but their importance can’t be understated, and they are a must-do for any undergraduate student pursuing a career in the sciences and social sciences.

These exhibits are a common element at conferences of scientific researchers, whether they are professionals, academics or students. The simple displays provide a visual summary of a researcher’s project and include brief information about his or her objectives, methods and results, along with any conclusions reached and recommendations for further study.

Why posters?

Posters generate interest, give colleagues a quick snapshot of what you’ve been working on and often ignite dialogue. They have the advantage of quickly communicating specific information about a topic to experts and other individuals in the field. Students have an opportunity to promote their own ideas to potential colleagues and co-workers within their discipline in a way that is not typically accessible to an undergraduate student. It may be that first step towards a dynamic collaboration in the field.

“If an undergraduate student is creating a scientific poster and it’s used as part of a research exhibit at a conference, that student is at the top of his or her game,” says Jeremy Newton, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology at Saint Martin’s.

Newton and two Saint Martin’s students, Timothy Templin and Katrina Tuengel, recently presented scientific posters for the Western Psychology Association Convention in Reno, Nev. The students’ posters were based on their senior thesis projects.

The group also attended the American Psychological Association Convention in Hawaii this summer, where they presented a collaborative poster, “Holistic versus analytical attention: Impact of common environmental stimuli.” The project was part of their continuing research in experimental psychology. Their research studies individual differences in how people of different cultures remember scenes from their environment. Templin and Tuengel are among several Saint Martin’s students who attended and contributed poster presentations there.

“When students are sitting in a classroom, they don’t have much of a chance to engage in interactions with people they might be working with in the future,” Newton says. “But by participating in these types of events and activities, they receive great opportunities to interact with potential advisors and, if they are moving toward research work, potential collaborators.” 

On another front, Newton and former undergraduate exchange student Ling-Jun Liu were co-authors of a poster presentation, “Working Memory Capacity as a Moderator in the Processing of Intrusion.” The presentation represents research she started in a class taught by Newton at Saint Martin’s. Liu came to Saint Martin’s from Chung Shan Medical University, a sister university of Saint Martin’s in Taiwan. Liu recently received a master’s degree from Chung Shan Medical University.

Newton, who earned his doctorate in psychology from the University of California, has an expertise in cognitive psychology and studies such areas as eyewitness memory, trauma, interrogation and false confession. He has recently co-authored a research article in the journal Memory and Cognition. His interests also include the ways in which psychology interfaces with law, the history of psychology and diversity issues among psychologists, students and academics.

Among his professional interests are psychological topics of law, such as eyewitness testimony and false confession. You can follow Newton on Twitter (@NewtPsyc).