Psychology major to present research at conference

Candace Gross, a Northwestern College senior psychology major from Parker, S.D., will speak at the national conference of the American Educational Research Association in Chicago April 9–13.

She will present a paper she wrote as the result of her research project on gifted students at Western Kentucky University last summer. The paper, “Gifted Adolescents’ Overexcitabilities and Self-Concepts: An Analysis of Gender and Grade Level,” was written by Gross in collaboration with Dr. Anne Rinn from Western Kentucky University and fellow student researcher Kelly Jamieson of Xavier University.

Gross says results of her study indicated significant gender and grade-level differences for overexcitabilities, which are innate supersensitivity to stimuli. In addition, multiple relationships were found between overexcitabilities, self-concept and grade level.