Psychology Club looking toward active year, increased research

When Mount Mercy's Psychology Club members were looking for a service project this spring, they came upon a unique request: fleece tie blankets. The inspiration came from The University of Iowa Hospitals, which needed soft and colorful blankets for some of their younger patients, as well as for elderly psychiatric patients.

"The hospital thought it would be nice for their patients to have something soft and comforting," said junior Alli Roe of Iowa City. "It's a more personal gesture and provides them with something that has color."

The Psychology Club routinely dedicates themselves to service projects, having completed several during the last school year. Such projects include helping organize pet therapy during midterm exams so Mount Mercy students could take a break from studies and spend time with an animal from the Cedar Valley Humane Society.

Junior Megan Vogel of Williamsburg, Iowa, led many initiatives for the Psychology Club in the past year, including a trip to Independence Mental Health Institute, as well as University of Northern Iowa to pursue a research project studying test anxiety. Club members distributed research questionnaires in order to examine correlations between test anxiety and levels of preparedness.

"We found that just thinking you will do well on a test makes you feel better," said Kyla Lindley, a junior from Center Point, Iowa.Psych Club Tie Blankets

The club presented their research during Mount Mercy's Scholarship Festival on May 2, and will continue to gather research to form more scientific observations. Vogel hopes to see the group be even more active on campus during the coming academic year, with increased service projects and potential collaboration with Coe College that will double the resources available for research.

"The students have really taken it upon themselves to step up and lead this club," said Professor of Psychology and Advisor to the Psychology Club Ron Feldt. "They are a tremendous group and I'm very proud of them."

For more information on Mount Mercy's Department of Psychology, Sociology and Social Work, click here. 

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