Tennessee State University will be hosting the
Middle Tennessee Psychological Association’s 2019
spring meeting. The meeting provides an excellent
opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students
to present their efforts to colleagues from other
colleges and universities.
The schedule for this
year’s meeting will be as follows:
8:30—9:00 AM Registration
9:00—9:45 AM Poster Session
10:00—11:00 AM Keynote
11:15 AM—12:30 PM Paper
Sessions (up to five concurrent sessions, based on
Poster Session II
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: James R.
Middle Tennessee State University Department
Current Perspectives on Cognitive and Emotional
Aging: What Does the Research Suggest About Our
If we have the good fortune, we will all age and
experience age-related changes in our mental
function. Yet, stereotypes for the aging brain
are pervasive and generally paint a bleak
picture of decline. I will review the current
scientific understanding of the aging mind and
the steps that are being taken by aging
researchers to better understand how we can ward
off age-related declines in mental function and
maintain our mental capacities as we age.
James R. Houston
Dr. Houston is an assistant professor in
developmental psychology at Middle Tennessee
State University. He teaches coursework in human
development, aging, statistics, and personality.
His research focuses on the fundamental
mechanisms underlying cognitive aging, the
neural mechanisms underlying age-related
differences in emotion processing, and
understanding the role of the cerebellum in
cognitive function through the study of Chiari
malformation syndrome. Notable publications have
appeared in Experimental Aging Research,
Psychological Medicine, The
Cerebellum, and the Journal of
The advance registration deadline is April
12, 2019. Please register by April 12, as this
will help us with an accurate count for
refreshments. All attendees (including presenters)
are required to register for the meeting.
The registration fee is $5.00 for students
and community members and $15.00 for
faculty/professionals. Community college and high
school students may attend for free, but still
need to register. Registration includes membership
in MTPA, a program, access to the conference, and
The submission deadline is April 12, 2019.
All submissions received by the deadline will be
accepted for presentation. Presenters will be
notified by email that their submission has been
received. A final program will be available online
by April 16, 2019.
The research should have been conducted by
an undergraduate or graduate student. If a faculty
member is a co-author, the student should be first
author. The student researcher will be expected to
make the presentation.
Papers on completed research, ongoing
research, or theoretical reviews are encouraged.
Presenters may choose to make an oral
presentation or to present a poster describing
Participants must provide all materials
for their posters, including the actual poster
itself. Please do not exceed 4' high by 4' wide.
Free-standing, tri-fold project display boards
MTPA will provide tables to place your
posters for viewing. Nothing may be attached to
the walls of the building. Be sure to duplicate
all handouts and materials before the meeting.
Student papers will be presented in
fifteen (15) minute blocks. Plan to speak for
10-12 minutes, allowing time for questions and
Powerpoint is available in all rooms.
Arrive early to check that your presentation will
run in your room.